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New Reality Show: Book Millionaire

Due to air in the Fall of 2005, a new reality show, Book Millionaire, is seeking people who want to become published authors or those who are published and want to achieve best selling status. Applicants are told:

You can apply if you meet any one of the following criteria:

  • You don’t need to have written your book or manuscript but you have an idea you feel would be a good book, or…
  • You may have been told by people that you should write a book, or…
  • You have a desire to become published and to live the incredible lifestyle of a rich, famous author, or…
  • You may have started writing your book, but it is not completed yet, or…
  • You may have your book written. It is completed but not published, or…
  • You may have published your book, but it has not sold like you wanted.

The website informs:

“…you need to become friends with publishing insiders and learn the skills that will help you with the day-to-day excitement as you become accustom to being an author…a best selling author…a Book Millionaire!”

WTF? Is this for real? How, exactly, does particpating in this show ensure a bestseller? Is it simply the American Idol method of “if you advertise it, they will buy”? And what about quality? I don’t see that mentioned anywhere. As one commenter put it, the idea seems predicated on the belief that “that best sellers are marketed, not written.”

[Link via Grumpy Old Bookman]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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