James Patterson, Inc.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Even if you’ve never read one of James Patterson’s best-selling thrillers, you may have seen ads for his books on the subway or even on television. Sarah Crichton, Little, Brown’s publisher from 1996 to 2001, and now publisher of Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Jonathan Mahler, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and author of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning and The Challenge, discuss how Patterson has changed the book publishing industry. Jonathan Mahler’s article “James Patterson Inc.” appeared in the New York Times Magazine Sunday, January 24.


Sarah Crichton and Jonathan Mahler

Comments [2]

cori lowe from Californnia

James Patterson provides the Big Mac of the book world.

The interview was great and also the article by Mahler. I buy 20 books per year from my local bookstore and had never heard of Patterson. I am happy to now know Jonathan Mahler and will read his work. Go Sarah Crighton!

Jan. 30 2010 11:55 AM
debbie yorizzo from a book

This conversation can work wonders to any aspiring writer's ears, especially as one reads Edith Wharton's book "The Writing of Fiction", in which she states that "no writer - especially at the beginning of his career - can help being influenced by the quality of the audience that awaits him; and the young novelist may ask of what use are experience and meditation, when his readers are so incapable of giving him either. The answer is that he will never do his best till he ceases altogether to think of his readers (and his editor and his publisher) and begins to write, not for himself, but for that other self with whom the creative artist is always in mysterious correspondence, and who, happily, has an objective existence somewhere, and will some day receive the message sent to him, though the sender may never know it."

A writer like Patterson can make a lot of money with his rapid thrill of words, but Wharton reminds us (for those who love words more than money) that the essence of creative writing is to tap into that "mysterious correspondence" - a correspondence that endures not with money (or a marketization of writing) but with a deep understanding of the art of writing, and an appreciation for its magic.

Jan. 29 2010 04:38 PM

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