Writing prolifically (or, quality vs quantity)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about writing lately, particularly those who can write prolifically. I’ve been reading a lot about a model that helps authors make a serious income from erotica writing, and I’ve embarked on that path myself, thus the self-publication of Group Effort: Andrew and Cole and the upcoming publication of Group Effort 2 (full title hasn’t been announced yet). The person who put this model down on paper (whose name I don’t actually know), was a hugely prolific writer, publishing between 10 and 15 stories per month. I’m nowhere near that prolific, though I have finished GE2 this week and I’m nearly finished with another story.

I guess the major question that hangs out there when it comes to writing so prolifically is the question of quality versus quantity. There’s no way my beta readers can keep up with that volume, nor would I expect them to. The problem of course is that means that I risk publishing things that haven’t been seen by anyone but me, and I know more than anyone that I’m fallible. But if I can hone my eye so that things I’m putting out aren’t bad, or are pretty good, is it so bad if only I look at them? The great thing about publishing on Amazon is that if I find an error, I can always upload an update and everyone who’s read the book will get the update as well. On the other hand, I don’t really want to be putting out product that needs repeated updates, either.

There are lots of things to think about here. Quality can be high, but if it is, product takes longer to put out. If quantity is high, quality suffers. Finding a balance is difficult.

The model that I’m using puts it like this: you can either create a beautiful chair, one of a kind that everyone wants to own and is very rare, or you can create a functional chair, one that everyone knows works and is available to everyone, but isn’t particularly artistic at all.

I am starting to think that I want to build the functional chair.

I got into writing for the love of it, but I stay in writing because I hope to make money doing it one day. (Well, that and the voices in my head won’t shut up.) I don’t spend my hours on Pinterest, Facebook, and blogging just because it’s fun, but because I’m working hard to build a brand. A following. I want people to want to follow me and want to know what I’m up to, and the only way to do that is to participate in social media. Let’s face it – social media is a beast that isn’t going away, and writers may as well embrace it now. The sooner, the better.

So I’ve set aside time daily to crank out the words that are already in my head, time to brainstorm new ideas, and time to edit. You’ll see me posting more and more about the new books I have coming out, because I intend to get out as many as possible. Many of you know I’m currently unemployed, and that helps allow me to have as much time as I’d like to write. That said, I’ll be publishing GE2 next week, and possibly a story about a sexy doctor and his after work relaxation. I’m still toying with titles, so I don’t have any titles to give you just yet. I am also going to endeavor to make my titles a bit more obvious, so that my stories are easier to find. For example, I could have given Andrew and Cole a name like Taken by my Boss. It’s cheesy, but it gets attention from people who are searching and not taking time to read heavily into titles.

What are your thoughts about quality vs quantity when it comes to making a profit?

I’m also going to start posting the Amazon links to some of my books at the end of each blog post, so here we go: You can find Group Effort: Andrew and Cole at Amazon.

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2 thoughts on “Writing prolifically (or, quality vs quantity)

  1. Quality vs quantity – it’s something every author needs to contend with, and one for which all of us might have a different answer. Is anything you ever create going to be as good as your vision? No. I think as long as you feel comfortable and proud of it, then you may share your work as you see fit.

    I also think, however, that it is very difficult to make a living writing. If you want to do it, you can, but I think gaining a following and avid readers is more a matter of research. Erotica these days seems to be very niche. What isn’t being written ad nauseum? Is that topic something it seems people want to read? What sets you apart as a writer? If you research, you can write more effectively for your market, resulting in the need for less quantity, which allows you to focus on quality.

    If you’re not really trying to pay the rent through your writing, on the other hand, you can just write whatever the fuck you want (which is what I do).

    Best of luck with your writing and publishing!

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