Ok, I have an outrage going on and am in quite a mood. I’m talking about this article about some imbecile (I refuse to call him a writer or author because they know better) who staged a fake kidnapping to sell his book. It seems he thought it would be “great press” to stage a fake kidnapping of agent’s children in order to get their attention. From the article:
But that was just the beginning. Davis staged and filmed a kidnapping (“I checked with a lawyer first to make sure I wouldn’t get in trouble”) to post on the website, then sent an e-mail to a wide variety of agents. It began: “By the time you receive this, I will have already kidnapped your child.”
Please excuse the vulgarity (especially you, Mom), but WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? I’ll tell you one thing – had he written me, he’d be hearing from my lawyer AND the FBI. And furthermore, I’d have to think twice about any publisher who would sign this fool.
Dear, dear authors…resorting to trickery – and in this case scaring the stuffing out of agents – is NOT how you sell a book. If anything, it might earn you a visit from your local constabulary.
Avoid the stupid stick because when your stunt gets publicized, it will most likely not garner the reaction you were hoping for. Instead of being famous, you be infamous, laughed at, fingers pointing in your direction from mothers who tell their children, who are recoiling in horror, “See, honey? That’s what an idiot looks like.” Rather, rely on your talent as a writer because readers aren’t dumb. They’ll see through the “Authorpreneur” pranks and rip your book to shreds.
It’s a dicey thing to let your promotion outshine your talents. Or in this case, creating palpable fear. This man is detestable, sick, and twisted for threatening agents to publish his book within 90 days, or they’d never see their kids again. It’s obvious that when the stupid stick came around his street, he stood in front of it, screaming, “ME! ME!”