Happy birthday, Willie Nelson!
He is 83 today!
Steven Seagal does not make good movies. I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial there. Oh, sure, he made some good movies twenty-plus years ago, but he does not make good movies now. And the worst movie he ever made, Attack Force, is not just infamous because of its Seagal connection, but because it is one of the worst movies ever made by anyone. Ever.
The story of Attack Force is actually more interesting than the movie itself. Made ten years ago, Attack Force began life as a science-fiction thriller called Harvester. In fact, if you look up Attack Force on Rotten Tomatoes, it still has a listing under that name. But Harvester was never released. The production company, for whatever reason production companies make these decisions, deemed the movie unacceptable in its finished state, so they made a different movie out of it. First the aliens went, then they injected a storyline about a designer drug called CTX that turns addicts into bloodthirsty monsters and then… oh, and then they did extensive reshoots without Seagal, cut together a bunch of filler footage and dubbed his voice with someone who doesn’t sound even remotely like him.
I told you this movie was bad news.
It’s hard to think of new things to talk about when it comes to publishing because so little actually changes in that world. Before the advent of the self-publishing revolution, things remained essentially static for decades and, while some evolution is taking place, the status quo has remained more or less the same in every way which counts. Which brings us to today’s topic: writing pace.
Anyone who’s been following me even in the most casual way over the last six years knows I write quickly. It’s not something I brag about, though I make no secret of it. Rather, it’s simply something I do, and if someone thinks that’s cool, I’m not going to argue with them. My writing pace is a product of having too much time on my hands and a lot of years to practice my craft. That’s pretty much it, so there’s no amazing secret to my prolificacy.
While it seems like a great thing to write, write, write and write some more, there are certain disadvantages to that method when working in the traditional publishing industry. First and foremost, publishers do not want more than one book a year from you. And I know what you’re thinking, and that’s why publishers wouldn’t want more material from popular and/or talented authors to sell, but one book a year is the de facto standard for the industry. The idea here is that having too many books by one author will dilute sales, because readers will prefer one over the other and then there you go.