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How Many Books Has Danielle Steel Written

Do you agree that the role of literature is always radical and subversive.

Not necessarily. I would imagine it has a lot to do with how you define literature. If you are talking about literary fiction, as opposed to regular fiction, then yes, to an extent it’s often radical and subversive, but not always.Most literary fiction addresses larger issues than a simple story line, whereas what I would call light fiction does not. Danielle Steel is not really known for writing anything radical or subversive (but I would also argue that she doesn’t write literature, she simply writes stories). The stuff which is generally classed as literature, like most of the classics, including the modern ones, do deal with issues which make you think. Orwell’s “1984” isn’t just a story about love and betrayal–it’s a radical commentary on the dangers of totalitarian societies. Compare that to a romance where the heroine is kidnapped by pirates and the most important thing that happens is she falls in love with the captain of she ship–not exactly earth-shattering or even thought-provoking.I think one of the hallmarks of good literature is that even if it isn’t radical and subversive, it does address larger issues. Charles Dickens was a wildly popular writer, both in during his life and now. Because we are so distanced from the time and place in which he wrote, many readers think “Oliver Twist” is just a quaint study of an orphan’s life, rather than the commentary on poverty and human mores it was intended to be.As for the “role” of literature, I think it’s primarily to expand the mind and make you think, and to do so through the medium of a good and entertaining story. The writer may choose to do so by being radical and subversive, but he or she may also choose to do so in a more gentle manner. Austen’s books are a commentary on the ridiculous social conventions of her time. They aren’t really radical or subversive, but they do provide food for thought.So I guess my final answer is no. That’s not literature’s role, though that’s often its effect. The role is to make you think. What the reader comes up with, and what the writer is trying to get across isn’t always radical, but it is always, in a quality book, something worth thinking about and something which addresses deeper questions.I hope that’s all clear. It’s a bit late 😉

Do you agree that the role of literature is always radical and subversive.

Not necessarily. I would imagine it has a lot to do with how you define literature. If you are talking about literary fiction, as opposed to regular fiction, then yes, to an extent it’s often radical and subversive, but not always.Most literary fiction addresses larger issues than a simple story line, whereas what I would call light fiction does not. Danielle Steel is not really known for writing anything radical or subversive (but I would also argue that she doesn’t write literature, she simply writes stories). The stuff which is generally classed as literature, like most of the classics, including the modern ones, do deal with issues which make you think. Orwell’s “1984” isn’t just a story about love and betrayal–it’s a radical commentary on the dangers of totalitarian societies. Compare that to a romance where the heroine is kidnapped by pirates and the most important thing that happens is she falls in love with the captain of she ship–not exactly earth-shattering or even thought-provoking.I think one of the hallmarks of good literature is that even if it isn’t radical and subversive, it does address larger issues. Charles Dickens was a wildly popular writer, both in during his life and now. Because we are so distanced from the time and place in which he wrote, many readers think “Oliver Twist” is just a quaint study of an orphan’s life, rather than the commentary on poverty and human mores it was intended to be.As for the “role” of literature, I think it’s primarily to expand the mind and make you think, and to do so through the medium of a good and entertaining story. The writer may choose to do so by being radical and subversive, but he or she may also choose to do so in a more gentle manner. Austen’s books are a commentary on the ridiculous social conventions of her time. They aren’t really radical or subversive, but they do provide food for thought.So I guess my final answer is no. That’s not literature’s role, though that’s often its effect. The role is to make you think. What the reader comes up with, and what the writer is trying to get across isn’t always radical, but it is always, in a quality book, something worth thinking about and something which addresses deeper questions.I hope that’s all clear. It’s a bit late 😉

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Can I make a real living off of writing.

I’ve been writing stories since I was… I can’t even remember, most likely when I learned I could write my own stories. since 1st grade at least I knew I wanted to write and I knew I had to practice and expand my vocabulary. And I’d say I’m a decent writer at most. I’ve been in honors english…

Yes, you can make a living as a freelance. Yes, you could also win the lottery.Fitzgerald and Orwell were in dire economic straits most of their lives and only had something like a comfortable income near the ends of their lives.The best thing you can do if you want to be a novelist is to marry money. I’m not kidding. Or have a trust fund.I got to hang for a while with some members of Sisters in Crime for a while. Some of my friends had Agathas or Edgars or Agathas and Edgars. They had a new hardback out every fall, and their books went to paperback when they were a year old. Every one of them told me she could not possibly have had a writing career if she had not had a husband with a good income. They were in about the best position a novelist could be in: they had followings, their manuscripts were welcome at their publishers, they were selling, and they had back catalogues which provided some income as readers of the new books would look for previous books in the series. Eventually some of them might expect an income which with Social Security would provide a modest retirement. These were the winners: one in thousand or one in ten thousand of those who were published in their genre. And any of them would have made many more times the money if they had been even mediocre real estate agents.Yes. You could hit it big. You could be the next JK Rowling or Danielle Steel. But by far, on average, nothing pays as poorly as writing, day in and day out.

Writers. Did I make the right choice.

First off let me say I’m only posting this because I’ve decided to do nothing with the story idea. It’s not my genre or even something I want to delve in to–too many land mines.A friend approached me with an idea for a novel–hopefully I’m not the only one this happens to. The concept is you…

Looking for a good book to read together as a couple.

I am looking for a good book to read with my husband. I would like a fiction book, preferably not a typical, cheesy, romance novel (ala Danielle Steel, etc).I would like something that is romantic though, like where two people are meant to be type of story.I already looked on google, so I don’t need a…

I have enjoyed many of the Nicolas Sparks books. To me they draw you into the story. he builds you up and they have a very good finish. But to each there own.

how to publish a book.

I have a children’s book that I have written I want to get published. I also need to find someone to do the illustrations for me. How do I go about doing all of this? Thank you!

When looking to have your book published, you have three basic options:TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING : The traditional publisher assumes all the costs of producting your book, and pays you a royalty based on the number of copies sold. This is a very hard method of publishing to break into, because traditional publishers are not generally risk-takers, and they only produce a small number of books per year. For every Stephen King, James Patterson, and Danielle Steel, there are 250 writers JUST AS GOOD AS THESE who still have to keep their days jobs. Based on your question, this is what you’re looking for.SUBSIDY PUBLISHING: This takes many forms, including Internet-based POD (print on demand) and other methods where the author pays most or all of the cost of publishing his book. There are some very good subsidy publishers, and there are some scams, so you have to be careful. However, this is a legitimate publishing avenue, too.SELF-PUBLISHING: There are many reason why someone would choose to self-publish, including:1) Your book might have a very specialized audience, and therefore a traditional publisher would not be willing to take the risk for a small audience. You might only want 50-100 copies for family, friends, and/or colleagues, not seeking a large audience.2) You might want to control the design and the look of your book, and have the final say over content.3) You might not want the small royalty that is offered in traditional publishing, instead looking for the higher profits-per-book that self-publishing can offer.4) You might not be willing to wait the 1-2 years it takes for a traditionally published book to reach the shelves.The interesting thing about self-pubishing is that it does provide a full-time income for more authors than currently have a full time income (that is, no day job necessary) in the traditionally published world. It doesn’t make many millionaires, but it has advanttages for the right person.If you decide you want to self-publish, the best companies to look at are Morris Publishing (www.morrispublishing.com) and www.48hrbooks.com. They each are different in what they offer, but I have used both. I currently use 48hrbooks.com — they are fast, inexpensive, reliable, and very high quality.I am both a traditionally published author and a self-publisher. I don’t recommend one over the other, but I recommend both equally.The good advice you’re getting is to get the WRITER’S MARKET 2008. It’s big, and not cheap, but worth having. It will give you more good information about agents, publisher and the book-selling market than you can get from anyone here, including me.As for an illustrator, I can recommend someone – email me and I will ask him if he is taking on [email protected]

Danielle Steel, and other prolific writers; How can they do it.

I can’t believe such writers “Do It All” by themselves. Especially the few rich and famous of them.I’m very excited that some one can do it but it’s “Not Me, Yet” and it’s not “Most of Us,Yet.”I’m just wondering how they get it all done with out a full or…

You can’t just start off at the top level in writing, any more than you can in any other profession. It takes practice…and to start with you are going to work much slower and have to rewrite things more times.Also, what makes you think they _don’t_ have a staff to help them run their “book mill”?

Does Anyone Like to Read Danielle Steel’s Books.

I am an avid fan and have read all of her books. I have some extra ones for shipping if you are interested. Which ones have you read and what was your favorite? I cannot see how she can continue to write one master piece after another and so many! Did you read about her son Nick who was Bi-Polar? A sad story but…

Yes, I have a collection of her books. She is one of my favorite authors. She is so versatile and she makes the characters come alive. She is one of the few authors that keep my attention from beginning to end. She makes me laugh and cry.Yes, I read the book ‘His Bright Light” about her son who was bipolar. This would be a good book to put in the library at schools. And a great one to recommend to those who have teenagers. They do not need to be bipolar or depressed to read it either. They could relate to it and maybe help a friend or themselves. I will email about some other books Thanks for asking…lol 🙂

What is everyones fave danielle steel book.

I just read her new one sisters good book .would love to see it become a movie.

Her earlier books are good also. I have liked the Promise,Jewels and HRH.Her book No Greater Love was also good.I read them when I was in high school so I need to go back and reread some of her earlier books.She has written so MANY!Did you see the movie Daddy with Ben Affleck, Patrick Duffy and Linda Carter that has been on Lifetime?(it was also one of her books.)I don’t know how she keeps writing best sellers!

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40 thoughts on “How Many Books Has Danielle Steel Written

  1. They come up with a formula for writing a book. Romance authors and folks like James Patterson, John Grisham, and David Baldacci do it all the time. It’s basically the same story or plot line with characters and plot points altered. With some authors, if you’ve read one of their books, you’ve read them all….

  2. Your best bet is to figure out what kind of writing you would like to do. Then get some training in that genre.

  3. Being good enough for school and college and being good enough to make a living off writing are two different things.As for finding a publisher, I say aim high. Start by trying to land an agent. Only with an agent can you break into the major publishing houses.If I did we would both be wrong.

  4. No way.

  5. Most publishers will find an illustrator for you.I’ve never heard of her…..

  6. I don’t know about illustrations though. I might ask my sister for you, she’s a really good artist. If you have ever seen the book The Fairy Who Could Not Fly, she did the illustrations for that. http://www.kim-anderson.com/ there’s a link on there that says to buy my book The Fairy Who Could Not Fly click here, you are able to see the front cover, and that is also my sister Kellie’s work.

  7. I’ve read several of her books and enjoyed them. Of the ones I’ve read, I really enjoyed No Greater Love. It was such a poignant book. She does weave a good story!

  8. For a list of reputable agents, see http://QueryTracker.netThere is also an introductory article about writing query letters: http://querytracker.net/howto.php

  9. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but your questions are so widely scattered it’s hard to know where to begin replying. It is very possible to make a good living through writing. But what kind of writing? There are books, to be sure, but these depend upon the favour of a fickle public. But look at your daily newspaper – dozens of writers contributed to it. That’s a very fertile field for writing. Media relations is another writing job with a huge potential. Then there is technical writing. Educational writing, script writing, tv writing, radio continuity writing — the list goes on and on.I would say ‘often’, but not always

  10. No, sometimes a good read is simply good prose.

  11. who?what?

  12. Is teaching out of the question? It seems reasonable that a good writer would have an aptitude for teaching courses on composition, literature, technical writing, and creative writing.

  13. Definitely Wanderlust. Made me wish to have been able to do the trip she made! (Especially the Orient Express!)

  14. If you enjoyed it for whatever reason, chances are someone else will. However, is this a tragic story? An impossible love story? a scandal story? a romance? Once you are sure of your intended audience, the answers will come around.

  15. It’s possible to make a living from writing, but not very likely. Plan on having a day job until such time as you make it big.

  16. Yes, you just start at the bottom, doing all the leg-work, trying to find editors and publishers. People like James Patterson come out with 4 books a year. Patterson has been in the game long enough that he just comes up with the plot and has someone else actually write the book.

  17. If you are a good writer – and you seem to have the right passion – you will likely get published, but the chances that you can make a decent living off it are, in all honesty, very slim. Writing should never be a stand-alone career, so I suggest you do find a fall-back/a job to keep you going.

  18. BTW: My library is overflowing or else I might take you up on your offer! 🙂 If you want, you could probably sell some extras you have on a place like Ebay.

  19. A Clockwork Orange

  20. If the agent path doesn’t work out, then try publishers who do not require agents (these are usually the smaller houses.)

  21. If you don’t want to pay a whole bunch of money, you can go to http://www.lulu.com/ it is a self-publishing website, and you just have to give them part of what you make from selling the book, and that is it.Not unless you work on your grammar. Can I make a real living off of writing? Do you mean, “Can I make a living by writing?”

  22. By all means write and get some stories published, but don’t assume it’ll make you a millionaire.Prolific = generating suggestions or works in most cases and in big amounts So this is a inventive creator who produces tons of suggestions on a consistent foundation Try occurring Microsoft Word style the phrase you wish, then proper click on on it and decide on synonyms, it’s going to inform you different phrases that experience the equal that means, in general you are going to understand what the others phrases imply. I do it alot, it is usually handy whilst writing a CV or essay since you’ll be able to use well vocabulary and for those who cannot consider of yet another phrase it’s going to provide it to you. Hope this is helping.

  23. Show us.

  24. Hope you get what you want 🙂

  25. No

  26. It’s probably closer to about 10%. Most of the major market has approximately 5% exceedingly wealthy authors then you have another 5% who are best sellers and who promote like crazy but have books on the shelves every year in order to continue making a living. You also have another 20% who average a good salary but have more than one book on the shelves at any given time, authors of Harlequin are like that. They can have up to five titles out at once and though the pay scale is different they can receive royalties on one book for up to ten years. Multiply ten by five and you can make a decent living if you have a working spouse or if you are single and live moderately. —- The balance of writers are broken up into about three groups. Authors who have a spouse who makes a good salary and they can spend time writing and promoting. Some hits some misses so the pay is erratic. Other authors are middle of the road working a part-time job or a full time job and release books every two or three years or even further apart because their books are single title unlike series books. They sell each one on an independent contract to the highest paying publisher. Last you have one time authors, people who are content to have published their one wonderful manuscript and pretty much don’t have another book in them or just don’t want to write anymore.

  27. Top 5 best reads so far in no particular order; 5: If Chins Could Kill – Bruce Campbells (aka Ash from evil dead) autobiography 4: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen (it is 100% different from the movie, easiest example is that in the novel Dizzy is a male trooper killed in the first chapter lol) 3: Jumper by Steven Gould (again the novel differs greatly from the film, and is written so damn well that even those who hate reading will devour this book) 2: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks ( Son of comic legend Mel Brooks writes a self help book written as though zombies are real problem to deal with, just fun to read) 1: The Body by Steven King (this is in a book of Steven King short stories that are all non-horror. Shawshank Redemption is in there too, his best work in my humble opinion) Trust me, read as many of these as u can 😀

  28. I would recommend against any publisher that asks you to pay for all or part of the printing yourself. And never pay an agent or publisher any reading or editing fees.

  29. Always? No.

  30. I would suggest having a steady, practical job that you can live off of and write part time. Publish whenever you can and have some extra money coming in. Keep yout steady job because you might need something to fall back on.

  31. Try the bible………..!

  32. Also, check out the forum at http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php which is a community specifically for writers of children’s books.

  33. My favorite is Granny Dan. It’s the only one I’ve read 3 times. I think it has an important message that many people overlook. ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU CAN WHILE YOU CAN! I wish both of my grandmothers were still alive. Even though I did ask lots of questions, I have thought of so many more that I wish I had asked and it’s too late.

  34. I enjoy writing as well and do it often. It really depends on what kind of writing you mean exactly. Writing novels every few years is quite hard, and I don’t mean to discourage but any kind of significant success which you could support yourself with is quite rare. But there are plenty of jobs that deal with writing that would provide a steady paycheck (and you could write on the side). In Public Relations you could write quirky advertisements to help promote a company. Journalism is also an option, whether for the newsroom or a magazine. As a publisher you could correct stories and read various works. Best of luck to you <3

  35. I bought copies of this book and gave them to several people in my family to circulate, but I don’t think they got the point I was trying to make.

  36. However, you’ll probably need at least a master’s degree to be considered by most credible institutions, and even holders of doctoral degrees apply for such positions, so proceed with caution.

  37. Anything by Dr. Seuss

  38. Cosmopolitian or Redbook magazines. They have romance stories in there as well.

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