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NEWS: James Patterson to release a series of short novels targeted at non-readers


James Patterson, the incredibly popular author of the ‘Maximum Ride’ and ‘Alex Cross’ series’, is set to launch a new series of short, cheap novels called BookShots.

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Two to four BookShots will be published every month and will be around 150 pages and priced at $5 each. Patterson said: “You can race through these – they’re like reading movies.”

BookShots will be sold in the usual booksellers, but they’re also hoping to target other US outlets that don’t normally sell books in order to try and lure in those that don’t read very often. “These venues are very inhospitable to traditional publishing, but we think this is a type of book that could work very well there,” Hachette Book Group chief executive Michael Pietsch said.

Hachette has announced that they’re planning to release 21 BookShots this year, starting in June, with the first book, ‘Cross Kill’, starring Alex Cross.

Most of the BookShots will be either written or co-written by Patterson except the romance books that will be branded as ‘James Patterson Presents’.

Unfortunately, there’s no news yet as to whether this will reach the UK, but we’re hoping so!

What do you think of BookShots? Tell us @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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