Competition from beyond the grave

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Competition from beyond the grave

Postby Oldtimer » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:24 am

I was checking Smashwords this morning and was staggered to see that the Estate of Barbara Cartland is offering several of her romances, all under 45,000 words, at $3.49 each. They were published by M-y Books and are included in a "Pink Collection".

Is this a good or a bad thing for struggling new authors? Will people attracted by Dame Barbara Cartland's name be more inclined to browse the rest of the e-books in Smashwords' Romance section? Or will they not even glance at the writings of we lesser, but living, mortals?

BTW - can't resist adding that it looks like you can be a ghost writer on either side of the grave. :shock:
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Re: Competition from beyond the grave

Postby pls » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:48 am

Let's hope that aspiring romance writers take note of the competition and improve their own offerings to match and surpass Cartland's efforts.
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Re: Competition from beyond the grave

Postby shadowwalker » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:11 am

Bearing in mind that writers aren't really in competition with each other. People don't buy one book and that's it. They may buy one of Cartland's books first - but it doesn't mean they won't buy some other author's next.
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