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March 24th, 2008

How To Market a Crappy Book

In 2006, an unannounced and poorly written work of fiction that claimed to "bare the truth" on America's evil and behind-the-scenes lies about the War on Terror and 9/11 was self-published at iUniverse. The author was someone by the name of E.A. Blayre, III and the book opened with the ominous and farcical notation "Homeland Security Warning: Possession of this novel may result in unlimited detention".

iUniverse gives you an "inside" look at the work, which isn't worth attempting to wade through - if you try, don't say I didn't warn you.

The book, America Deceived, may have quickly faded into the oblivion and obscurity that the majority of badly written, self-published opuses go had it not been for a niggling comment-spam campaign that ran - and still runs - like wildfire through the vastness of cyberspace.

Someone - or someones - involved with this "book" decided to promote it by spamming up the comments of blogs, news sites, etc. The result is a litany of spam across the Internet espousing on the "evils" of America and how it "hides the truth" - especially how it "bans books like America Deceived".

Here's the latest example, culled from an article on USATODAY.com about George Michael:

"George Michael, Spitzer and his hooker, OJ jailed, Paris Freed, Whoopi and the View, all distractions. While mainstream media creates illusions, the gov't steps on our throats by opening our mail, suspending habeas corpus, stealing private lands, banning books like "America Decieved" from Amazon, conducting warrantless wiretaps and starting wars for a foreign gov't. Impeach them all and end this madness.
Final link (until Google Books bends to pressure and drops the title):
- link -"

- from USATODAY.com

All of these rants and comment-spams include, at the very bottom, the "link" - with a warning to click on it before Google Books is forced to remove the truth-you-deserve-to-know - just as Amazon, Wikipedia, and a number of other sites have supposedly done. Yes, according to the spam-pushers here, the book is banned from the Internet's biggest information hubs because of its daring revelations. Who, exactly, has "forced" these sites to "ban" the book - or any proof that it has ever been "banned" at all - is left for any and all to postulate.

The Amazon page for the book can be found here, where you'll see a number of commenters take on the lies perpetuated by this spam attack; one too ignorant to actually work. Yes, pretty much anywhere people have come upon the comments and insinuations of "mass banning", nearly everyone has been able to smell the bullshit and out the commenter.

I've seen these comments under a number of pseudonyms, but lately it all seems to be coming from someone called "reader11722". Poking around, I found this person on Digg using the name "Thomas Pensi II"; his two comments there are, also, comment spam referring to America Deceived and Amazon's supposed "banning" of it. Every one of his comments on the USATODAY website (reader11722's page) evolve into tripe about America Deceived being banned from Amazon and oh-by-the-way here's the link. (His page is being reviewed because I reported him - his last comment was left 30 minutes before I began this post).

How sad that you have to resort to lies and spam to promote your book, and to try and trick people into buying a copy. The worst part is, he's getting people to go to the link - where they're offered to read a portion of the story to "try it out" - and honestly, no one is going to want to drop any amount of hard-earned cash on that crap. It's a stupid, unbelievable story that tries too hard to be a big, impressive "detective-type" novel.

No, people, Amazon - nor anyone else - has "banned" America Deceived. It's all a silly, little spam ploy to get you to notice some sad wouldbe-writer's crappy, self-published book and to try and trick you into buying it; that's the only deception going on here.

In all honesty, Amazon should've banned it - just for the fact that it sucks. Forgive me, but jackassess like this give us hard-working, honest writers a bad name - those of us that try to get noticed and published on our own merit and talents have no respect for morons like this who exploit people's fears and spam up the Internet to get their work noticed.

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