From the Internet: Today’s readers seem incapable of being overwhelmed.
Scott Schiefelbein, a lawyer in Portland, Ore., wrote an enthusiastic review last month on Amazon.com of “Second Son,” a short story by Mr. Child that Mr. Schiefelbein read after buying his latest novel, “The Affair,” on his Kindle.
There is “no limit” to the number of Mr. Child’s books he would buy, Mr. Schiefelbein said.
“I’ll give basically anything he writes a chance,” he said. “With my favorite authors, I always want to read more from them.”
Some of the “biggest” authors have become so productive that they are nearly an impossible act for any other writer to follow. Airport bookstores these days can feature not just one stack of James Patterson books, but an entire rack of them, sometimes more than six titles at a time. Mr. Patterson produced 12 books last year, aided on some titles by co-writers. He will publish 13 this year.
“A lot of publishers and authors have looked at what James Patterson is doing and realized that they may not be able to publish nine books a year, but ‘certainly I can do two,'” said Brian Tart, the publisher of Dutton, an imprint of Penguin. “They were able to grow him and grow the readership using that strategy.”
(The new expectations do not apply to literary novelists like Jeffrey Eugenides and Jonathan Franzen, who can publish a new novel approximately every decade and still count on plenty of high-profile book reviews to promote it.)