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Sunday, February 3, 2013

James Patterson - Book Collaborating

I read an article this week wherein James Patterson spoke of his prolific writing - 10 releases a year.
Many well known authors, to boost their sales, have added "with" to their books and added the name of another author. Janet Evanovich has brought out several co-authored books which she stated helps to give new authors an audience. I haven't found anything that shows how much input she has in these books, but in my opinion they don't have the "voice" of Janet EvanovichClive Cussler has also published many books with other authors and I've found these also sadly lacking. So, it seems that each author has different levels of involvement when they lend their name to another author's work.
Back to James Patterson. In the article he said "Some people can't get past the word co-writer, but lots of shows and movies are written by teams, so it's not such a strange thing."
The first step for Patterson when co-authoring is he writes an outline. A co-writer does the first draft and Patterson finishes up with whatever other drafts are necessary (he writes seven days a week).

I personally have been disappointed with these collaborations by well known authors. Although having never read a James Patterson book, I can't comment on his. What are your thoughts on co-authored books?


Joanne said...

the few I've read are a bit uneven. I used to like Patterson's early stuff, but then it got quite predictable. Quantity over quality isn't a good thing

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I prefer collaborations between authors- like Stephen King and Peter Straub, or when he writes with Joe Hill. Or John Green and David Levithan- I can feel both authors in those works.

I'm not crazy about a famous author stamping his or her name on a book... It just feels like it's a money making machine and not something an author is writing because they are compelled to tell the story. But in all honesty, I don't read any of James Patterson co-authored books, and while I like Janet Evanovich, I doubt I'll read hers either. Is there any proof that the lesser known authors have gone on to be successful lone authors?

Daisy said...

It does seem like an attempt to make money rather than create a good book. I prefer books by single authors so I can hear their true voice.

Lauri said...

I agree with Daisy. We buy a certian author because we like that author.