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Question: One Monumental Book or Many Lesser Books?

Jeannie Lin posed an interesting question over at Romance Divas: Which would you prefer — publishing one monumental book (like To Kill a Mockingbird) or publishing many lesser books (like one book a year or whatever)?

I wouldn’t want the former unless the sole book I published was so significant that it won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Nothing else could make the first scenario appetizing enough.

How about you?

3 comments to “Question: One Monumental Book or Many Lesser Books?”

  1. Kait Nolan
    · July 7th, 2010 at 11:30 pm · Link

    Multiple lesser books. I doubt Harper Lee would make a living in the current economic climate. At least with multiple books I stand more of a shot. Besides…I’d get BORED if I only wrote one book!

  2. Renmiu
    · July 8th, 2010 at 4:08 am · Link

    I rather have a classic throughout the ages, than many forgotten books throughout my life time.

  3. Nadia Lee
    · July 8th, 2010 at 4:40 am · Link

    Kait — the question isn’t necessarily about writing but publishing. I wouldn’t want to publish just one book that unless I get the Nobel Prize for it.

    Renmiu — Does commercial appeal count when you think about having just one classic?

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