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25 Pages for 5 Bucks

Apropos of nothing, here’s a guy who posts a 25-page Kindle SF novel under the name “Stephen King” and he has more reviews than my own recent work. Of course, most of his are one-star recriminations, but I’m not sure if Amazon is comfortable forwarding his share of the sales.

Maybe I should publish as George RR Martini. ::clinks glass::

h/t @EvilWylie on Twitter.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Jul. 28th, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
His name might really be Stephen King; it's not that unusual a name. There's a writer named Steven King (with a V) in Virginia who uses a pen name (Rex Stevens, maybe?) to avoid confusion.

But yes, it's a sleazy thing to do.
Jul. 28th, 2014 06:36 am (UTC)
Apparently there are all sorts of games people play, from putting author's names into the titles of their books, to writing about King Stephen, to creating six page "parodies" of bestsellers for sale at $3 each. It's a scammer's paradise.
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