Guest Post by Ryan King, Author of the Land of Tomorrow Trilogy now in a boxed set for only $3.99. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works, including the 3 current FREE ebooks, at these links for fiction and history.
I was recently reading one of Stephen King’s books and thought about all the works he has completed in his career. In an age where world-famous and highly successful authors may complete less than ten books in their lifetime, Stephen King’s 70 finished books is impressive. This caused me to wonder just how prolific King was in a larger context.
Fellow horror author Dean Koontz has actually out-produced King with a completed 91 novels. James Patterson, who now frequently completes a novel a month using a team of ghost writers and coauthors, has finished 98 novels. The great western story-teller Louis L’Amour completed 101 books while Danielle Steele has finished 120 novels. Nora Roberts blows them all away with over 200 published books under four different names.
Then I started digging a little deeper. R.L. Stine published 430 children’s books while Isaac Asimov completed 506 works and is the only known author to be published in all ten Dewey Decimal System categories. Ursula Bloom completed over 500 books and Charles Hamilton writing under 20 different pseudonyms is estimated to have written over 100,000,000 words in his lifetime.
Perhaps the most impressive to me is the British Romance writer Barbara Cartland. In her career she wrote 722 novels and has sold an estimated 1 Billion copies of her books worldwide. In the mid-eighties she was the most popular and well-sold author on the planet. She holds the Guinness Book of World’s Record for most novels written in a year at 23. In an incredible 80 year writing career she averaged a completed novel every 40 days.
Then there are other lesser known authors. The German Rolf Kalmuczak writing in over 100 pseudos has written over 500 books. Prentiss Ingraham has written over 600 novels and over 400 novellas. Lauren Paine writing under 20 names published over 1000 books between 1956-2007. The Spaniard Corin Tellado has written over 4000 novellas.
This is all truly incredible production and something I’m sure all writers would love to aspire to. But then reality sinks in as I realize how hard it was to simply find time to write this blog post.
What are your writing goals and how prolific do you want to be?
Ryan King is a career army officer with multiple combat tours who continues to serve in the military. During July if you write a review for him, King will donate $10 to Future Hope Africa. Find his works including the current FREE ebook at these links for fiction and history.