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Author Topic: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?  (Read 1829 times)

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Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« on: 30 August, 2016, 02:08:32 AM »
Have any had such a large number of pseudonyms?
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Re: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« Reply #1 on: 30 August, 2016, 08:09:51 AM »
How many of each has John Creasey had?

Stephen King has published 55 novels, six non-fiction and 200 short stories, but whether that compares anywhere near I don't know.
Only one pseudonym, though, so he's no doubt behind on that. He just sprang to mind as fairly prolific.

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Re: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« Reply #2 on: 30 August, 2016, 10:16:53 AM »
Wiki says Creasey published "over 600 novels" with 28 pseudonyms, which cheerfully sails past Mr King :)

However, Creasey is sailing past in a little outboard motorboat, while the glorious steamboat named Dame Barbara Cartland powers past with her 723 novels, 23 of which were written in one year to get that world record. Despite being dead (for 16 years now), she's still publishing new works, too, with her backlog of 160 novels gradually being released.

Saying that, though, lurking around is the dreadnaught named Philip M Parker, who has allegedly published over 200,000 books. You might wonder how he finds the time to scribble down all these words, and he didn't. Instead he wrote a computer program to compile them, so you might regard him as a bit of a sneak, in this regard.

Can't find anything with regard to an author using the most pseudonyms, though.

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Re: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« Reply #3 on: 30 August, 2016, 11:17:09 AM »
Wiki says Creasey published "over 600 novels" with 28 pseudonyms, which cheerfully sails past Mr King :)

However, Creasey is sailing past in a little outboard motorboat, while the glorious steamboat named Dame Barbara Cartland powers past with her 723 novels, 23 of which were written in one year to get that world record. Despite being dead (for 16 years now), she's still publishing new works, too, with her backlog of 160 novels gradually being released.

Saying that, though, lurking around is the dreadnaught named Philip M Parker, who has allegedly published over 200,000 books. You might wonder how he finds the time to scribble down all these words, and he didn't. Instead he wrote a computer program to compile them, so you might regard him as a bit of a sneak, in this regard.

Can't find anything with regard to an author using the most pseudonyms, though.

Siasl, I loved your "the glorious steamboat named Dame Barbara Cartland"  Visions of pink frllly battleships steaming over the horizon sprang to mind.

But who is this Philip M Parker geezer? 200,000 books? A fifth of a million books? Never heard of him. The question is How many books has he actually sold? How many readers has he had? I've never seen his name in any best sellers lists. Not one. Has anyone else?

I was thinking of Isaac Asimov as my candidate for writing most books - he's written over 500 books - not just novels but hefty scientific books too. Prolific is his middle name.
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Re: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« Reply #4 on: 30 August, 2016, 11:56:21 AM »
Siasl, I loved your "the glorious steamboat named Dame Barbara Cartland"  Visions of pink frllly battleships steaming over the horizon sprang to mind.

But who is this Philip M Parker geezer? 200,000 books? A fifth of a million books? Never heard of him. The question is How many books has he actually sold? How many readers has he had? I've never seen his name in any best sellers lists. Not one. Has anyone else?

I was thinking of Isaac Asimov as my candidate for writing most books - he's written over 500 books - not just novels but hefty scientific books too. Prolific is his middle name.

[pedant-mode]Asimov had no middle name[/pedant-mode]
Unfortunately I couldn't find any images of a pink frilly boat of any sort (although some slightly risque images did pop up!) for Babs.

As for Phil, Amazon don't hold all his catalog, but it does hold quite a few (at least 75K of them). It's also claimed elsewhere that he's "written" 800,000 books. Can't imagine what his sales volumes are - a lot of them are e-books or print-on-demand.

You might be entertained/enlightened by this video which explains things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkS5PkHQphY
Apparently it costs about 12c in electricity to generate a book, so every sale puts him ahead. His most popular works might sell in the hundreds, and there are a lot sold in the dozens - apparently mostly to medical libraries.
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Re: Which authors have been as prolific as John Creasey?
« Reply #5 on: 30 August, 2016, 12:29:22 PM »
Siasl, I loved your "the glorious steamboat named Dame Barbara Cartland"  Visions of pink frllly battleships steaming over the horizon sprang to mind.

But who is this Philip M Parker geezer? 200,000 books? A fifth of a million books? Never heard of him. The question is How many books has he actually sold? How many readers has he had? I've never seen his name in any best sellers lists. Not one. Has anyone else?

I was thinking of Isaac Asimov as my candidate for writing most books - he's written over 500 books - not just novels but hefty scientific books too. Prolific is his middle name.

[pedant-mode]Asimov had no middle name[/pedant-mode]
Unfortunately I couldn't find any images of a pink frilly boat of any sort (although some slightly risque images did pop up!) for Babs.

As for Phil, Amazon don't hold all his catalog, but it does hold quite a few (at least 75K of them). It's also claimed elsewhere that he's "written" 800,000 books. Can't imagine what his sales volumes are - a lot of them are e-books or print-on-demand.

You might be entertained/enlightened by this video which explains things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkS5PkHQphY
Apparently it costs about 12c in electricity to generate a book, so every sale puts him ahead. His most popular works might sell in the hundreds, and there are a lot sold in the dozens - apparently mostly to medical libraries.

Looks like a gripping video Siasl. I could only dip a toe into it because I have to skid out now and will give it a proper watching this evening. Thanks for the digging!
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