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badducky
01-22-2007, 08:15 PM
http://www.slate.com/id/2157866/entry/2157867/?nav=tap3

If all it takes for a positive review is a good, old-fashioned bribe, I want to volunteer my services for 1 bottle of Maker's Mark per word. That way, I can fill the hole where my soul used to be with bourbon until my useless body collapses in death.

PeeDee
01-22-2007, 08:18 PM
I'd offer to a pound of fresh made angst, but it sounds like you've gotten that covered.

As for bribery, I'll take five dollars off your tab if you want. ;)

arrowqueen
01-23-2007, 02:29 AM
I'm too disturbed by the images of 'the stars pronging the sails at night' to worry about the bribery.

James D. Macdonald
01-23-2007, 02:42 AM
Oh, dearikins me.

This is a program for vanity-published authors who not only couldn't find a publisher for their books, don't have any friends.

PeeDee
01-23-2007, 02:43 AM
Oh, dearikins me.

This is a program for vanity-published authors who not only couldn't find a publisher for their books, don't have any friends.

This is why it's important to be married as a writer. Because if you try to vanity-publish and then buy yourself some blurbs, your wife gives you a Very Stern Look which indicates you're being Very Silly, and you have the good sense to shut up and go write.

Kate Thornton
01-23-2007, 03:13 AM
Oh, dearikins me.

This is a program for vanity-published authors who not only couldn't find a publisher for their books, don't have any friends.

OMG! I spit my coffee all over the keyboard! Ain't it the truth!

badducky
01-23-2007, 07:26 AM
Every time you think vanity presses have bottomed out, some new scheme emerges that makes you just hold your head and go, "Woof... Whiskey. Need whiskey."

Popeyesays
01-23-2007, 07:44 AM
Now guys, an upfront fee is NOT bribery. Bribery has to be under the table in some fashion to be true bribery.

An up front fee is not even bakshish. Bakshish is an anticipatory gift given with the firm understanding that no one is thinking that the gift has ANYTHING to do with the favor to be imparted.

Regards,
Scott

badducky
01-23-2007, 07:47 AM
This is under the table. The people reading amazon reviews don't know that the review was bought.

I'm still waiting for Amazon's customer service rep to e-mail me their canned response.