An interesting article here on an interview with John Grisham, writer of legal thrillers. Some of the things mentioned:
He got 15 rejections before his first book, “A Time to Kill,” was published.
He made $9 million last year.
He says: “I’m not sure where that line goes between literature and popular fiction.(…)I can assure you I don’t take myself serious enough to think I’m writing literary fiction and stuff that’s going to be remembered in 50 years. I’m not going to be here in 50 years; I don’t care if I’m remembered or not. It’s pure entertainment.”
And I like this point:
“When I start getting good reviews, I worry about sales (…) It’s a better day if I don’t read any reviews. It’s the only form of entertainment where you’re reviewed by other writers. You don’t see rock stars reviewing each other’s albums, and you don’t see directors reviewing each other’s movies.”
What do you think – ought we ban fellow writers from doing reviews? Hmmm…..