Posted by Julie at Jun 13, 2012 12:22 pm
Sorry for the late post!
Okay, so yesterday, I got a link on Facebook for the self-published best-seller lists from several online booksellers. I glanced through and something caught my eye–a self-published book under the name of THE MOST FAMOUS romance writer out there.
I had no idea she’d self-published anything…and in fact, I didn’t believe it. So I clicked the link and low and behold, the book was not written by her, but by another author appropriating her name, with one small change. But it was enough to fool readers…hence, I believe, her placement on a best seller list.
I posted on Twitter about it and everyone agreed it was wrong. But I can’t help but wonder…what about all those readers who bought the book? There must have been a ton of them for an unknown writer (I’m assuming that much…if they were using a fake name, ergo, they are not a recognizable writer, yes?) to make a bestseller list. Did they notice that the book was not by their favorite writer? Did they care?
With the plethora of self-published books on the market now, do readers have to go and check their favorite author’s websites to make sure they really wrote the book with their name on it? Is this a one-off situation, or do you think it will happen more and more?
For the record, the “author” went in and changed “her” name so that it wasn’t such a blatant rip-off. But in my mind, the damage is done. And what if…and I don’t think this is the case…what if the author’s real name was the same as the super-best selling, household name author? What then?
What do you think?