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Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in Publishing | 0 comments

Patterson inks 17-book deal…

[Source:  Associated Press]

After more than 40 best-sellers, James Patterson is just getting started.

He has agreed to a 17-book deal with his longtime publisher, the Hachette Book Group — an unthinkable commitment for most writers, but for Patterson, a mere three years’ worth of work.

”Jim has all of these incredible franchises,” said his literary representative, Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who cited such popular series as Maximum Ride, Daniel X and the Alex Cross detective stories. ”And when you put all of those franchises together, that’s a lot of books.”

Hachette announced last week that the ultra-prolific novelist will turn out 10 adult thrillers, one nonfiction work and six novels for young people by the end of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Patterson will have help with the books. His co-authors have included Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and he will continue to use collaborators, Barnett said.

”Whenever he works with a co-author he fully discloses it,” Barnett said. ”There’s no secret he works with collaborators.”

His most recent book, Alex Cross’ Trial, co-written by Richard DiLallo, sits at the top of the current New York Times bestseller list, while Swimsuit, written with Paetro, is at No. 18.

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