For just a few stacks of coins, you too can be a bestselling author.
A church in Seattle is answering some uncomfortable questions after proof surfaced that they had paid an outside firm over $200,000 to ensure the placement of their pastor’s book on various bestseller lists. Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times writes that Real Marriage topped the New York Times‘ hardcover advice bestseller list on Jan. 22, 2012. The following week, it was gone. The spike onto a bestseller list and then disappearance—as opposed to an up-and-down arc, or a high debut followed by a decline—can indicate something other than typical consumer book-buying behavior.” Mark Driscoll, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is the author of Real Marriage.
World Magazine obtained a document that showed a contract between Mars Hill Church and ResultSource Inc. According to their website, ResultSource offers a Bestseller Campaign, which focuses on actual physical book sales, as opposed to their standard Book Launch Campaign, which focuses on author platforms and media attention. World spells out the agreement between ResultSource and Mars Hill:
The details of the agreement between Mars Hill and Result Source are complicated. Result Source received a fee of $25,000 to coordinate a nationwide network of book buyers who would purchase Real …read more
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