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>>>>OK, so it's romance writing (which is formulaic for the most part), but I was still just amazed that people can write that much. Sort of how I feel when I read Chapman's updates!

CK: Volume only matters if it's *good* (which in my case still remains to be proven). What floors me is reading that Isaac Asimov published over 500 books of fiction and nonfiction in his 40+ years of writing. Even taking into account that some of the books are anthologies of stories (that he also wrote), he still wrote an incredible amount. Even if we postulate that someone can crank out a book a month (which is what it would take to produce 500 books in 41 years), where did he get the time to do all the editing and rewrites? I'm sure in his later years he must have had a team of writers to take care of the drudgework, but still, 500 books! And they weren't all fluffy SF stuff; some were scholarly tomes on astronomy and other subjects.

I'm thinking that if I could pump out a book *a year* that would be amazing, and that would only get me to perhaps 20+ before I retire or die. How does anyone write hundreds of books, even formulaic stuff. (Okay, in the old days of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Kenneth Robeson (Doc Savage/The Avenger) and others, they cranked out hundreds of books, but those books were 100-150 pages apiece for the most part, not the 300-500 page types that Asimove typically produced.)

Mark.
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