By Kyle Hanko
July 7, 2016

MONEY sat down with best-selling author James Patterson and asked if he had any advice for young artists hoping to make a living in their respective fields.

Patterson explains that you have to make a decision about your art, whether you’re a painter, a writer, or something else: Do you care if you make any money doing your art? Do you care whether you get a large audience? Are you painting or writing just for yourself, or do you seek popular success? Do you want your art to sell? Or are you passionate about something that may not have much of a following?

Patterson recently released a line of short-form thrillers known as “BookShots,” which he hopes will tempt readers with their low prices.

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