January 28, 2022

Video: Interview with James Patterson About His Plan to Revolutionize Reading and Book Business

From CBS News:

The words “writers block” aren’t in Patterson’s vocabulary. With a team of co-writers he puts out the Alex Cross mysteries, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett and Maximum Ride series, and his shelves are lined (and file cabinets filled) with dozens of other novels in progress.

In launching a new series of short novels called Bookshots, Patterson’s had a creative explosion … more like a volcanic eruption. He’s involved in every single one of them, and not just in “some way.” “Yeah, 80% of ’em I did the outline.”

His aim: to transform the book business.

“This is a little bit of a revolution, Bookshots — a reading revolution,” he said. “We have all this stuff crushing down on us. And unfortunately for a lot of people, one of those things started to become books that were just too long for them to deal with.”

Twenty-three titles will be released this year, all under 150 pages, and all under $5. “They are very, very fast-paced. They’re like reading a movie.”

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See Also: Coverage from Washington Post: “James Patterson mostly doesn’t write his books. And his new readers mostly don’t read.”

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