Buying yourself bestseller status

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Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:56 pm Post

Yes, depressing as the though it, if you've got enough money, there are people who'll let you buy your way onto the bestseller lists:

http://www.leapfrogging.com/2013/02/18/ ... les-spike/

The original WSJ expose is here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 00544.html

And here is the "10 Awful Truths" mentioned:

http://www.bkpextranet.com/AuthorMateri ... Truths.htm

Keep in mind that if you become a popular speaker in areas such as business and politics, you can earn those costs back with a couple of speeches.

Hopefully, this will lead to reforms in how those lists are created. Rotating at random the stores whose sales are counted might help. And bookstores who use those lists to stock their shelves aren't likely to be happy about this.

--Michael W. Perry, Hospital Gowns and Other Embarrassments—not on any bestseller lists but it ought to be.