James Patterson, Now a Memoirist, Reflects on the Lessons of His Time in Advertising

The bestselling author says to trust your instincts—especially on when it's time to leave your job

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With well over 150 books to his name, James Patterson is one of the few writers in history whose name has transcended being an author and has become a multimedia empire.

After selling more than 400 million copies of his thrillers, youth titles, graphic novels and collaborations with celebrities including Dolly Parton and Bill Clinton, Patterson recently embarked on a new kind of book: his first memoir.

As the autobiographical collection of stories, James Patterson by James Patterson, neared its June 6 publication date, Patterson sat down with Adweek to reflect on his years as an executive at venerable agency J.



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This story first appeared in the June 6, 2022, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.