Saturday, March 22, 2008

James Patterson: He's everywhere, he's everywhere

ABC's Nightline recently profiled the fiction factory that is James Patterson. Counting the many, many novels he has written or co-written, Patterson has sold nearly 150 million books -- and had more No. 1 bestsellers in the past five years than John Grisham, Tom Clancy, JK Rowling, and Dan Brown combined. One out of every thirty-five books sold last year was a Patterson title.
He says he has "no idea" how many titles he's authored. For the record, the number is 48, unless a new one has come out since this piece started that we don't know about. "I don't do the counting," he said. "But every once in a while someone will hit me with one of these statistics. And I go, 'Oh, that's interesting.'"
Over at Crime Fiction Dossier, several authors are discussing (well, arguing) about what we might learn from Patterson's marketing-savvy example.
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.