On Saturday, I was working and occasionally breaking to check FB and G+. I came across this article on authors buying their way onto the bestseller list. Go read it. I’ll be here when you get back.
You’ll note Amazon won’t do business with them and B&N had no comment. Want to bet this isn’t the only company out there willing to rig sales so an author can make the coveted list?
Much as we’d like to think publishing isn’t as corrupt as every other business out there, how can it not be? If there’s money to be made, corruption can’t be far behind. “Ethics” is a dead word in this country, at least to many corporations and a lot of people.
The wolf devours the sheep and everyone applauds. Used to be, the rancher would shoot the wolf to protect the sheep. Now the rancher looks the other way as long as the wolf leaves something behind for him.
What is left for the sheep, who just want to eat, sleep, and enjoy the sun? Not a hell of a lot. The wolves and ranchers are in cahoots and the sheep are ‘managed’ and preyed on.
Okay, I got sidetracked by my little analogy. Sometimes they’re too fun to resist.
But an important question arises: if you had a choice, would you be a wolf, a rancher, or a sheep?
Ain’t gonna lie. Being a sheep has gotten me nowhere, not in writing, not in my ‘real’ life. I’ve been honest, I’ve treated people fairly, and my hands and bank account are empty because others don’t live by the same code of ethics I do.
As much as I abhor the idea of business finagling books onto bestseller lists (and charging a bloody fortune to do it), I understand why someone does it: BECAUSE THEY CAN.
Is it right? No. Is it ethical? No.
But who’s gonna stop ’em? It’s shady, it’s questionable, it takes advantage of legitimate loopholes, but it’s not illegal.
The wolves always recognize opportunity when they smell it, and leap, gnashing their teeth, while the rancher looks the other way.
And the sheep? “Those wolves will get theirs, it’s only a question of time.”
Bullshit. I’ve never seen so many wolves in my life and the sheep just keep taking it up the ass.
Saturday night, I came across a long but very interesting interview. I highly recommend you read it to understand what’s happening in our country right now, and what might possibly happen in our near future. At the end, economist Richard Wolff wimps out by saying the people will (peacefully) demand that changes be made.
Uh… we’ve been demanding for years and no one’s listening. Our government ignores us every chance it gets. We want to fairly tax the rich and still, they are getting away with murder, stashing their money offshore to avoid the few taxes this country demands of them.
*steps off the soapbox* I’m going to shut my brain down for a while now, watch a junkie movie or read a while. Enjoy your Monday!
Here’s a photo of Suki in the grass. Ain’t she cute? I love this little furry creature.