King has published 54 novels. This figure includes seven under the pen name Richard Bachman. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been published in collections.
Why is that important? Because as an Indie author I can look at this and know that even the beloved Stephen King himself had to write a lot of books to reach the level of success he’s at. If he’d written Carrie and just sat back he’d have nothing.
I think 54 is a lot of books. But I think in my life time I can write that many too. I also think that if I can produce 54 decent books I should be able to make a living as a writer at some point in the process just from the sheer amount of experience and knowledge I will gain from doing it in self publishing.
No King is not self published. Yes he has movie deals. But he’s a good example of how quantity can lead to success. If someone says they don’t like a Stephen king book they usually have another book King wrote that they do like. As a writer that’s a powerful platform to have.
I think Stephen King is the Coke of Writing. Every book is just a variation on flavor.