Let me balance this by referencing an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding self-publishing at a fast pace:
I have some trepidation that authors might read this article, especially given where it was published, and interpret that to mean that writing and publishing as quickly as possible is a successful business model.
No matter how you publish, it will take a special brand of content and packaging to attract a large readership, and discoverability is only becoming more challenging each year.
If the book isn’t attracting readers, having thirty such books probably won’t help.
But if you have a special book that’s just a magnet for readers, those readers will crave more, and the faster they can get it, the better.
The getting-more-books-out-there-quickly plan may have some merit.
Let me emphasize that there is more to it than just a large number of books; content is especially important, and so are packaging and discoverability.
I’ve mentioned previously the power of a backlist: Most authors who put out many titles in a few years already had much of the work done before publishing.
I benefited from a backlist, a coauthor, and publishing many workbooks that don’t compare to writing a novel. I know that it can help to have several books out. The more marketable books, the better. Having a large number of books that aren’t too marketable won’t help much.
What’s right for you? That’s the million-dollar question you’ll have to figure out. 🙂
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