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Long author careers - are they still possible? - Katherine Roberts - 02 Dec 2016 10:44 AM

Ever wondered why your favourite author suddenly seems to vanish? Here's one of mine - Susan Price, author of the Guardian Fiction prize winning Sterkarm Handshake - speaking out frankly about her career to date:

Another of my favourite authors from that time is Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of Alien Influences, who posts about the business and her writing at:

As a fan/reader before I got my first book published, I thought both of these authors had died or given up writing. As an author, I see that's far from true. Who was your favourite author before you began publishing, and where are they now?

RE: Long author careers - are they still possible? - davidwailing - 03 Dec 2016 11:52 AM

Interesting stuff. I would argue that thanks to the modern miracle that is the internet, authors can now have much longer careers than ever before. It used to be that if authors were dropped by their publishers, then effectively it was as if they had died. Who knows how many of our favourite writers had loads of new material, but just couldn't get it out there? Nowadays, it's very easy to discover whether they're alive and well and if they have any new books available.

Also, indie publishing means that authors can take breaks from writing without needing to constantly feed the ravenous machine of the publishing industry. So an author's career can not only stop and start, it can take on different genres.

RE: Long author careers - are they still possible? - Fluffy1 - 03 Dec 2016 12:13 PM

I strongly believe we can only be truly creative when there are no pressure or deadlines. I don't have a formal publishing contract so have none of these issues I presume a writer might experience under those circumstances.
Most of my writing is done on a long commute. Sometimes, for weeks on end, I will have nothing, so do other works (my real job, read, etc) 
On other occasions, the words seem to flow and it is diificult to get them down quickly enough. I believe that's why indie self publishing authors are ideally positioned to have long careers.
Although it would be nice to get noticed by an agent eventually....

RE: Long author careers - are they still possible? - Dorte Hummelshoj - 03 Dec 2016 12:15 PM

I begin to hear similar stories in Denmark. Publishers dump promising writers if their books don't exactly turn into bestsellers so we have a growing number of very serious hybrid writers. 

And recently I had a pretty nice experience myself: At Denmark's largest annual book fair I finally got the chance to talk face-to-face to a fine editor from Gyldendal (the Danish GIANT). I know he did his utmost for my novel, Crystal Nights, some years ago, but they rejected my manuscript nevertheless. He said that he didn't think I would have done better for myself if I had become a Gyldendal writer Shocked
I know I wouldn't have done better, but it's definitely nice to hear one of their former editors agree with me. Wine1
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PS: I had to share the article in my Danish writers' forum, Katherine.