Posted by: Jackie | June 30, 2008

Putting Your Best Track Forward – Disney’s Wall-E and Thomas Nelson Publishing

I read on the Novel Journey; blog about how Thomas Nelson Publishing is cutting down on the amount of books they put out each year, focusing instead on putting out a better quality of stories.

 

This has some authors worried that the market will be harder to break into. As an unpublished writer, I can sympathize.

 

Mike Durant who wrote this piece (click on the link to see the full article), said, “the appeal for quality above quantity should resonate with readers. Who doesn’t want to see better books?” I couldn’t agree more. In the past year, I’ve struggled to find a really good book that grabs me from the beginning and holds on until I reach the last page. I can count on one hand the books that have done that in the past three years.

 

But not only is Thomas Nelson playing by these rules, so is Disney which, according to Durant only released 8 pictures in 2007. Other animation companies are releasing 20+ on average.

 

I just came home from seeing Wall-E and I can tell you, the difference in quality is evident. When Walt was alive, he set high standards and today, Disney seems to be still striving to put out high quality movies.

 

Wall-E was not only beautifully done, but touching as well. I’ve hardly ever left a theatre after seeing a Disney movie without having some deep thoughts to chew on during the drive home and sometimes into the night.

 

Durant said, “It’s not a coincidence, I think, that both executives have come to eschew the mass production mentality that drives so many in their respective fields. Hyatt calls it a “conveyor belt,” Cook a “meat grinder.” And that’s from the guys in charge! Either way, breaking this “addiction” (Hyatt’s term) is not without consequences. The downside of publishing better books, in part, means taking more time with less titles. Therein lies the rub.”

 

Well, if there in lies the rub, then perhaps it’s time to put more of an effort in what we do. Our culture indeed has the “conveyor belt” mentality, and maybe it’s time to turn off a few switches and look around at what we’re missing. And this doesn’t pertain to just writing books or putting out movies.

 

This goes for whatever you put your talents toward. Colossians 3:23 encourages us to put our best effort in our work. “And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

 

How about you, is it quantity or quality you feel is most important?

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  1. Cool site Jackie!


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