In fact, there are so many of them, they could probably hold a big conference every year and discuss their greatness.
I started noticing it a while ago, when some nutjob who asked me to help him with his whacked-out attempt at narcissism in book form posted on Facebook that he was already an Amazon best-selling author. He couldn't even write a legible email (asking for free editing help--because published authors love being asked to work for free, y'all!). How could he have written a book that the masses would want to read?
Drilling down, I noticed something. Dude hadn't sold more books than 95 percent of the other authors on Amazon. His ramblings were number one in some obscure subcategory of some subcategory of some other subcategory of some weird topic. Like books about beans-books about lima beans-books about the lima bean I ate last night. That would get him something like this for the ever-popular (and totally made up by me to make a point) "beans" category.
Fortunately, we have the Internet. A brilliant marketing guy set out to prove that "Amazon best-seller" status is a joke. He published a book that was nothing but photos of his foot. He sold three copies and guess what? He found his obscure category:
Which gave him all a person would need if he wanted to impress all the Facebook friends who ignored him in high school. "Take that, head cheerleader who wouldn't date me. I'm a best-selling author!"
Of course, if he really wants to impress them, he probably should write a more impressive book. Maybe it would even sell more than three copies.
So if you ever see the words "Amazon Best-Selling Author" on anyone's blog, website, or book cover, know it's pure B.S. The good news? Apparently this post about the foot book has gone viral on Facebook, so braggers may not be able to pull this lie off in the future.
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