Are Authors Focusing on Quantity Over Quality?

A recent trend in the publishing industry is publishing as many books as possible.  (Or so I have noticed)  Authors seem to want a lot of books to show up under their name, even if that means sacrificing quality.  Such as good editing, story line, character development… the list goes on.

I know that this creates more profit in some cases, but other times, it may give the author a bad name.

One novel that I recently read for free (thanks to BookBub) had a disclaimer stating that the book contained many editing errors and that the author had been notified.  Now, I am not sure if this was because the author was focusing too much on publishing a multitude of books, or if they just didn’t have a good editor.  Either way, the novel was okay, but it lacked quality.

It makes me wonder if self-publishing is allowing books with little development and meaning to be published.  I don’t know if it is just me, but I have noticed that books that lack depth are more popular than the well-written novels that are over looked.  (This also seems to be the trend on writing sites such as WattPad and Radish according to Akaluv )

Is that the trend?  I’m just not sure.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

~Nightsong

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7 thoughts on “Are Authors Focusing on Quantity Over Quality?

  1. Shadow Summit says:

    I personally think quality is better than quantity and always will. I believe most readers will always prefer it the same way. It’s true they don’t want super long breaks between books but that is because they are passionate about the quality of your work. 🙂 Loved this thought and post! ❤

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  2. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirls) says:

    This is a thing I have noticed too. There are authors that publish like 4 or more books a year, and yet they all seem shallow, fresh off the assembly line. I am not saying that they should pull a George R.R. Martin and take half a decade to write a book, but that they should focus more on getting the one book to be good rather than the twenty books to be mediocre. Also, it saddens me that many good and well-written stories are overlooked in favor of shallow ones. Great post!

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