The New York Times article actually wrote:
If over the next few months you see smoke coming from the direction of James Patterson’s house, it might be a result of the author’s burning off his fingertips as he types…Seriously? The New York Times believes that Patterson writes his own books?
Entertainment Weekly noted that 17 books in 3 years was actually a slower output than Patterson has done in the past.
By year’s end, Patterson will have published a whopping 22 books in the last three years alone.EW also points out: “But Patterson, of course, is more than just a proverbial book factory. He’s an actual book factory, typically using credited co-authors to compose “first drafts” from elaborate outlines that he sends…”
And Entertainment Weekly also asks this:
The question is, can James Patterson™ be considered a prolific author in the way we regard Joyce Carol Oates (nine books in the last three years, by my count) or Alexander McCall Smith (ten books in three years)? Or is he more like Carolyn Keene or Franklin W. Dixon, the credited “authors” of the comparably well-branded Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery series? Are you still a writer if you subcontract out much of the actual, you know, writing?[Notice in the above quote that Patterson has trademarked his name.]
What do you think?