aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The world is a topsy-turvy place.

The world is a topsy-turvy place, at least judging by this NY Times article about Stewart O’Nan. Because it says the very talented Mr. O’Nan has had trouble making it. “Aside from “Faithful,” an account of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season that he wrote with Stephen King, a broad readership has eluded Mr. O’Nan, as has a loyal publisher. According to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 70 percent of retail sales, none of his last three novels sold more than 6,000 copies in hardcover; and in the past 14 years he has worked with seven publishing houses.”

Jeez. Even I do better than that. And I’m no O’Nan.

The article explains, “Part of the reason, Mr. O’Nan acknowledged, may be that he experiments with genre, form and tone. He has written thrillers, horror and historical fiction, and followed a novel of postmodern irony with straightforward realist fiction. “No two consecutive books that I have worked on have been alike,” he said.” ….“The success of “Faithful” means that Mr. O’Nan can now make his living as a writer, although he still drives a 1995 metallic copper pearl (translation: orange) Mitsubishi Eclipse that rattles on the highway.”

I guess there are two takeaway messages here. One: write the same kind of book over and over. And two: if you are given a chance to collaborate with Stephen King, go for it!

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