Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster


The practice of spacing an author’s books at least one year apart is gradually being discarded as publishers appeal to the same “must-know-now” impulse that drives binge viewing of shows like “House of Cards” and “Breaking Bad.”

“I think the bottom line is that people are impatient,” said Susan Wasson, a longtime bookseller at an independent shop, Bookworks, in Albuquerque. “With the speed that life is going these days, people don’t want to wait longer for a sequel. I know I feel that way. When I like a book, I don’t want to wait a year for the sequel.”


I'd rather wait a year for the sequel and the book to be of high quality and have the author take their time writing it rather than the author doing a lazy, slapdash job because they have to meet a deadline.

I love it when a favorite author of mine puts a new book out. However, I would rather wait a year or two and have the book be utterly amazing than have my favorite author put out a book every month where the quality suffers (James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, etc.).

People are way too impatient nowadays and are all hurry, hurry, hurry when they should savor books like they do a fine wine.

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