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James Patterson is really an entertainment conglomerate.

Okay, I may be totally late to the publishing industry world and I confess to not reading much James Patterson (although I read Kiss the Girls and thought it was scary and gross: hello, the milk, the snake, the girl, eek!!!), but I didn’t realize that many of his novels are “co-written.” In the most recent release, Step on a Crack, Patterson wrote the outline and his co-author, Michael Ledwidge wrote everything else that was then edited by Patterson. He’s almost a publisher in some sense, finding works that are saleable and then publishing them under his name.

Asked why he has so many co-authors, he quips, “They can’t keep up with me.” In fact, he says, “I’m not a fast writer. I struggle through the writing. I’m not a craftsman. I’m OK. I can get it done. But I know it’s not my strength.”

A few books that he co-wrote:

When Patterson appeared on Today in 2005 to promote Mary, Mary, the 11th in his Alex Cross detective series, Matt Lauer popped a surprise quiz. He read excerpts from two Patterson novels and asked the author to name the books.

Via USA Today.

I wonder if this is where the questions about Nora Roberts generates. If Patterson, a man, can’t do it alone, how possibly could a woman?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. KayWebbHarrison
    Feb 05, 2007 @ 13:20:10

    Okay, what questions about Nora Roberts?

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