1) Did anything in the article about James Patterson surprise you? As a reader, what do you think of his approach to the writing business? If you have read a James Patterson book in the past, did reading this article affect how you look back on that experience? Would this article make you want to read a book by Patterson? Or would it put you off?
2) Co-authors Deberry and Grant have decided to end what had been a successful writing career after seven novels, saying the industry has changed. What are the changes they point out? Do you think these changes are good or bad for authors and readers?
3) Amanda Hocking has become a bestseller in a very different way than James Patterson. What are some of those differences? What do they have in common? Is her success mostly a matter of luck, business sense, or talent?