The pipeline.

/The pipeline.

Furthermore, a publishing trend takes some years to become established—Harry Potter, Hunger Games, et al were not overnight successes: they took 2-3 years each to build, and the derivative follow-ups (from writers with existing contracts and slots to fill) took another 2-3 years to begin filtering out of the pipeline after seeing the success of the type specimen. Someone trying to break in for the first time is therefore going to be not 12 months behind the bleeding edge, but more like 5-10 years.

–Charlie Stross on the next big thing.

Though, yanno. By the time a decade’s come and gone, an idea’s probably just about ready to become fresh again…

2014-03-28T23:16:52+00:0028th March, 2014|Tags: books, publishing, writing|Comments Off on The pipeline.