News Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes.

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    Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes.

    By Brent Underwood • 02/23/16

    I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every working “author” today. It’s the word “best seller.”

    This isn’t about how The New York Times list is biased (though it is). This isn’t about how authors buy their way onto various national best-seller lists by buying their own books in bulk (though they do). No, this is about the far more insidious title of “Amazon Bestseller”—and how it’s complete and utter nonsense.

    Here’s what happened in the book industry over the last few years: As Amazon has become the big dog in the book world, the “Amazon Bestseller” status has come to be synonymous with being an actual bestseller. This is not true, and I can prove it.

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    Last week, I put up a fake book on Amazon. I took a photo of my foot, uploaded to Amazon, and in a matter of hours, had achieved “No. 1 Best Seller” status, complete with the orange banner and everything.

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    How many copies did I need to sell be able to call up my mother and celebrate my newfound authorial achievements? Three. Yes, a total of three copies to become a best-selling author. And I bought two of those copies myself!


    Full story here:

    http://observer.com/2016/02/behind-...s-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Who the fuck bought the third?
     
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    No wonder some of the 'best seller' books I read are CRAP. But I'm sure child-less Bethus spent more than $3 on her childrens books.
     
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    Queue the classic Chimney Manor chimneys burning stacks of Yoda books gif... was that @eliasbboy 's ?
     
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    The article is hilarious
     
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    I have a book idea that I'm thinking of pursuing. I'm going to remember this if I do it.
     
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    Thanks for posting this! Good article--really makes you think. Didn't know you could get away with stuff like that to have a "Best Seller" on Amazon.
     
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    ILOOKLIKEBETH ever since than i've been the champ

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    these 2 tired old whores are like,how did talentless tard get on here.
     
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    For a children's book that is 90% illustrations, you'd think the artist would be on instead. But that dude's probably too embarrassed to come on. Hopefully he got paid well at least.
     
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    I'm an avid reader and Amazon customer, and "Amazon Best Seller" holds absolutely no worth to me. I worked in publishing for years and the NY Times, as contrived as that list may be, is still the gold standard.
     
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    Do you guys just read news articles and think "Now how can I make this about Beth"? :jj:
     
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    Beff got more PR than most movies and only sold 600 copies?
     
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    Wasn't the old adage that you had to sell 10K units to crack the NYT top ten? That still hold today?
     
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    500 of those were for show kiss-asses.
     
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