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March 25, 2010 | Uncategorized

Another writer was discussing a competitor–a woman who writes in the same sub-genre as my friend. The word competitor sent my mind spinning. Naturally, I said nothing. This is one of the reasons I write. I get all the time necessary to come up with a coherent response to provocative remarks.

A few weeks later, here’s what I think about the idea of other writers releasing titles in the same category being identified as competitors–nah.

There are those who restrict their leisure reading to a particular genre. I’ve done a little binge reading myself from time to time. Enthusiastic readers of Ms. Wobbly knees gothic/urban fantasy romances may be the new author’s dream audience. Diehard fans of a particular sub-genre are exactly the market segment the emerging author wants.

I don’t know anyone who reads just one author and no one else. Like most readers, I have favorite authors. My most beloved writers are the kind of slackers who only put out a book a year. Obviously, a single title a year, no matter how riveting is not going to keep me amused. I need three or four good books a week. I’m constantly searching for new-to-me writers.

Don’t be discouraged if your target audience is reading other authors. Eager readers need lots of writers to keep them entertained. Keep writing great stories and readers will buy them.

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

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