I ran across an item in an upper-end catalog selling romance novel kits from $36.00 up to $95.00. The ad states that you have to register and provide about two dozen personal details about yourself. In just a few days, you’ll then receive back a 150-180 page book with you as the star. They have seven titles with different heat levels and different settings.
As a reader, would you really want to read about yourself in a romance? For me, it’s all about escape. I’m afraid I’d take all my baggage with me, and when I saw myself doing something out of character, I’d get annoyed. I don’t see any way that the author could adjust a “canned” book to fit every personality. Or maybe there’s not a story line with character development in these books at all.
Sorry, but I still believe a romance should contain character growth, relationship development, a loving bond, and a personal message. But then…what do I know? Maybe it’s all about the fun and sex.
So if you’re a reader, I want to hear from you. Would you pay that much money to star in your own book?
As a writer, do you see this as a creative marketing idea? Would you try it?
If you’ve read one of these books, please give me some feedback. I’m always open to new ideas.
Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Comedy, Suspense…and Dogs!
Fly into a good book at: www.dragonflyromance.com
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