Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Clearly this is the book I should have written

If THIS talentless asshole was able to get his pathetic version published, I could have made it a bestseller.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0471654655/ref=sib_rdr_dp/102-4269461-0062513?%5Fencoding=UTF8&no=283155&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER&st=books
Permalink muppet 
August 11th, 2005
he looks like Stephen Covey.
Permalink Sathyaish Chakravarthy 
August 11th, 2005
Did you actually read the thing? Didn't think so.
Permalink  
August 11th, 2005
So that's what Bella looks like!
Permalink me 
August 11th, 2005
what's Bella got to do with it?
Permalink Sathyaish Chakravarthy 
August 11th, 2005
I read the pages available on Amazon. I noticed the 14pt font and the double-spacing first, I'll admit, but the writing in this sample of the book that is supposed to convince me to buy it (and should therefore be the best bit) is so tiresome and poorly written that I barely made it through even that small sample.

"Let me tell you about the etymology of the expression 'shhhh', for 3 pages."

Fucking please.
Permalink muppet 
August 11th, 2005
"Did you actually read the thing? Didn't think so."

Now *that's* funny.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 11th, 2005
muppet, you should offer your marketing skills to this guy. He has already done the first step, of getting the book published. Since you seem to have the secrets of turning his book into a best seller, it seems that you could both profit by the sharing of this information.
Permalink talentless 
August 11th, 2005
Consultants/ speakers/ experts/ etc., once they make a name for themselves, can relatively easily write, publish and sell a book. The secret is that the book is already mostly written, from a hodgepodge of previoulsy published articles and personal notes kept over years. Then, like a film editor, the written material is spliced together, with only the barest of sentences holding the paragraphs together.

How do I know this? Well, I worked with college professors on their research projects, inlcuding books, journals and newspaper articles. I also know some high-end consultants who've published their material in the same way.

You'd think that everytime they (re)publish their work people would recognize their words from previous works, but no, it never really worked that way.
Permalink Yoey 
August 11th, 2005
I think I am with muppet here. Any book that promises magic cures, and if you dont change its your own fault, is by definition bullshit.

There may be some wisdom in there. Who knows. But as soon as an author starts claiming that his method Is Guaranteed to Work for You(tm) he is bullshitting.

And people still buy that stuff.

I am convinced that the entire self help circus is ~90% bull.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 11th, 2005
Maybe ~90% of the self help circus is entirely bull.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 11th, 2005
I don't disagree with you Eric. However if muppet thinks he is capable of writing a best seller just because someone else, who is so vastly inferior to muppet (by muppet's own reckoning, and who are we to argue with that), I think we may have some insight into why muppet is so angry at the world and so quick to insult others.
Permalink talentless 
August 11th, 2005
the rest of the 10% are cocks, may be.
Permalink dicky daisy 
August 11th, 2005
I guess people don't have a sense of humour and curiousity.

Obviously the book is not for those people ...
Permalink Rick Tang 
August 11th, 2005
"muppet is so angry at the world and so quick to insult others."

Come on, this is just a freaking online forum.
Permalink Rick Tang 
August 11th, 2005
"You'd think that everytime they (re)publish their work people would recognize their words from previous works, but no, it never really worked that way."

Actually, I do recognize stuff like that in people I follow all the time. If you read Jeremy Clarkson's Sunday Times column, watch Top Gear and read the magazine, you'll see he recycles stuff.

I bought The World According to Clarkson, which is just a collection of his Sunday Times articles on not cars - but it's still entertaining and usefully collected in a single tome.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 11th, 2005
You can get a lot of things published easliy.

An aquaintance got this published:
http://www.trafford.com/robots/04-0288.html

self-publishing sure, but its published.
Permalink Regular Lurker 
August 11th, 2005

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