Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To the Authors of Multiple Books

Dear James Patterson, Karen Kingsbury, Agatha Christie, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Dorothy Sayers, Alexander McCall Smith, and other authors whose names I can't recall but to whom I am extremely grateful,

Thank you for writing so many books. You have no idea what a relief it is to us poor library shelvers when we come across your books on the carts. This means that we don't have to spend time scrutinizing the shelves to find the right place to put your single novel.

When I come across an entire shelf (or two, or three) filled with your books, I silently thank you for making my job easier, even if I have never and most likely will never read your novels (excepting Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. And even I have never read all of Agatha Christie's novels.)

So, thank you. Thank you for writing so many books.

My only request would be this: could you maybe title your books with names like 'A,' 'B,' and 'C?' That would make sorting the titles of your multiple books that much easier as well. Then it would be "A goes before B," rather than "The Lonely Life of Anna goes before The Lonely Life of Brianna."


A Grateful Library Shelver


  1. It always amazes me how many books some authors have out in a year and then there are others that I love to read who seem to rarely have new books out - or I have to wait forEVER before a new book by them releases. It is not fair. ;-)

    1. I read an article recently that advised writers to become "book-a-year" authors, if they could write that fast. The more books you write, the more money you make (just look at Stephen King - he's worth about $20 million).

      I know what you mean about the good authors who write slowly.... Thankfully I've caught most of the recent YA trends after all of the books were out, but I remember having to wait and wait for the sixth and seventh Harry Potter books.



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