Author J. Scott Savage posted these fun "Would You Rather..." questions on his blog and I figured I would take a moment to answer.
Would you rather:
1) Get a huge advance on your next book but have it be shredded by the book critics, or make almost no money on the book (even after the awards were announced), but receive top awards?
Since I already have my "sugar daddy" I would rather write and make no money, but receive top awards. I definitely don't write for the money.
2) Write a book adored by millions of readers you don’t know, but despised by your friends and family, or write a book your friends and family love, but everyone else hates?
The only reasoning I could see if I wrote a book adored by millions and despised by my friends and family would be if I compromised my moral standards to cause those feelings in my family. If this was the case, I would prefer a book that everyone else hates.
3) Have your book made into a big budget film with lots of publicity and stars, that bombs, or not have your book made into a movie at all?
Bring on the movie that bombs. That's usually what happens when books are turned into movies anyway. Come on! Who wouldn't want their movie on the big screen even if it sucks?
4) Only be able to write in a genre you don’t enjoy but sells like crazy, or write what you love but always sell poorly.
Write what I love. Nuff said.
5) Get the agent of your dreams, knowing they are only lukewarm on your project, or a so-so agent who LOVES your manuscript?
An agent who loves my work. They'll probably do a better job selling it anyway.
6) Publish only one book, but have it be a classic, or publish dozens of mid-listers?
I'm okay with dozens of mid-listers. Then I'll always be doing what I love, even if I don't match up to Jane Austin or Henry David Thoreau.
7) Write books that are very slow reading, but extremely thought-provoking, or quick reads that make people laugh and cry?
To those who know me this might be a surprise answer (because boy, do I LOVE to make people laugh), but to those who know me BEST wouldn't be surprised to know I would rather write things that are thought-provoking.
8) Sign a contract that guarantees $75k a year for the next twenty years, or an all of nothing deal that has a 50/50 chance of paying out nothing or twenty million?
Yeah, adding $75,000 a year to my sugar daddy's income would be just fine.
9) Publish a book that in a genre that is all the rage right now, or one that breaks new ground?
Breaks new ground. No brainer.
10) Publish amazing books that everyone loves, but never read another book, or read the best books for the rest of your life, but never publish a thing?
I'm almost sad to answer that I would rather publish amazing books. It's really a question of what I'm more passionate about, and while both reading and writing rank high, I can supplement my need for a good story with movies. Nothing can substitute for writing.
So, those are my answers. Anyone else want to take a crack at it?