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Acts of faith & entitlement issues

jessicac posted the following in the previous thread, and I wanted to say a little bit about it, so I broke it out here.

 I don't know if you have seen this, but as a writer who sometimes does not have novels magically shooting out your eye sockets and onto bookstore shelves Lo-Pan style every six months, I thought you might find it amusing:

George R.R. Martin does not work for you

I did -- and I both loved it and have some reservations with it, oddly enough. Well, no, not reservations with what was said, because I feel that what was said is all true.

But: my own thoughts, as a writer of a multi-volume story, as opposed to a series, beneath the cutCollapse )

ETA: proper lj-cut tags. Sigh.


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May. 17th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I would always rather wait for the writer to write the best book he/she can than have a less good book sooner. That being said, I do think some kind of faith is broken if you start a series and then just stop writing it.

On the other side of the coin: I am horribly late with my current book and I feel guilty as hell about it! Both for the readers and for my publisher.
May. 17th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
On the other side of the coin: I am horribly late with my current book and I feel guilty as hell about it! Both for the readers and for my publisher.

I so know that one. In fact -- City of Night...

But some stories take longer than others, for a variety of reasons -- it's funny because my first impulse when you say this is: But you're working on it, it's fine, people will understand. Which is true.

I somehow can't tell myself this while I'm also working, go figure *wry g*
May. 17th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
See, and I don't feel like I've waited a particularly long time for City of Night--this is about when I expected word of it.

Meanwhile, I am convinced that by the time I manage to finish my current book, all my few readers will have forgotten about me!<*very* wry g>
May. 20th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Ditto about city of night. Actually, I still feel as though Hidden City just came out. Even if it takes a couple of years in between books then you'll still be on the Rowling schedule which is just fine.
May. 17th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
In fact, the more I think about it, the more chuffed I am feeling about getting two books (since City of Night proved long) out of you in the time period I had figured it would take you to write one. (Not counting the Cast books, of course--I love them, too, but the other world is my meat and potatoes.)
Dec. 17th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I'd prefer to wait
Wow am I late to this! (But that happens when you have a baby.)

I actually came upon this while trying to remember the title of the newest Cast book so that my husband could buy it for me for Christmas! I love Gaiman's work as much as I love yours so I had to read through his post first and I have to agree.

I am a freelance translator and copy editor (of sorts) so I know all too well (though there's a greater risk of my not having any more work if I don't hit deadlines) how life gets in the way. Even in minor I-just-want-to-paint-the-house sorts of ways.

As an avid -ology reader for the last 15 years or so, I much prefer my favorite authors to be a little late or run an extra book or two so that I get the best story they can write. Yeah, I feel a little sad if something takes a little longer to hit the streets because I am eager to continue the story, but I know that when that something does finally arrive, it is going to be all the better for it.

I have been disappointed a time or two by a final book in the -ology because the author wrapped things up too quickly (for the myriad reasons that something like this could happen), but I cannot remember ever being let down by an author that needed another few months or a year (or even another book) to properly finish. As long as the story remains compelling, those writers will get my money. :)
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