Friday, 20 March 2009

Another Way to Fake It As A Writer

In my last post I talked about three ways that some writers inflate their reputations. I forgot one.

4. The #1 Amazon Bestseller
The trick is simple--get all your friends and newsletter readers to buy your book on Amazon on the same day, thereby inflating your ranking to #1. This might require you to buy some of your own books, but what the hey. Then you can brag that you were a #1 bestseller at Amazon! Of course, you were only at #1 for part of a day, but you can proudly display the screenshot on your website for all eternity, even after your book plunges down to #3,457,212. This isn't as cheesy as some of the other techniques we've discussed, because it does involve actually selling books, but it's misleading to say the least. It's just another way for a writer to inflate their ego at the expense of truthfulness.
Besides, Amazon rankings are a poor judge of a book's popularity. Many books sell better in bookstores or to the library market than they do online, and vice versa.

1 comment:

irishoma said...

Hi Sean,
Your latest posts remind me of a woman I used to work with several years ago. To read her resume or listen to her talk, she had been there and done everything--and twice as good as anyone else. She spent most of her time signing up for training classes to qualify for higher-paying positions while trying to avoid her actual job. She once told me her motto was, "Fake it till you make it."
She got over for awhile, but it didn't take long for co-workers and managers to see her for what she was--or was not.
Sorry for the long comment, but I guess the lesson from all this is that in writing and in life there are no shortcuts.
Happy Spring!
Donna

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