Flying high now — “101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar” is #3 in Kindle sales today. The other day, the print book was #74. Why am I happy? Because it’s legit. And here comes my tirade on ethics.
When I first wrote my book, all of these “marketers”, “gurus”, “consultants”, “agents”, etc., got in my face and said they could make my book go to #1. How? By charging me some exorbitant amount of money and putting me in some nutty category, like Women’s Poetry or Women Writers, etc.. I said no way. I want to be in the category of taxes, personal finances, etc. And these “experts” bragged about how THEIR books are bestsellers. But it’s fake. And who wants to be a fake #1? Not me. Because no gold seal would make me feel good if that’s how it was acquired.
I read a hilarious story about a guy who wanted to prove anyone could have a #1 bestseller by messing with the Amazon categories, and he actually got his book to #1. Did I mention it was just 1 page and he took a picture of his foot? I think it was called “Putting My Foot Down”. (I love that title…..) And now he adds “Best-Selling Author” to his resume.
My feet belong in the sand; I am not a poet; and I don’t want to make it to #1 that way. And if #3 is the best I do, that’s fine too. My goal was to educate and bring tax information in a fun and interesting manner, and I believe I did that. I don’t need a gold seal. Would I love one? — sure! But at this point in my life, I can ignore the parasites and keep on moving forward. I am not trying to say that I’m Mother Teresa, but I believe that ethics count.
A huge thank you to all who have read the book. And don’t forget to grab my free report on the 10 Surefire Ways to Spot an IRS scam, available at RealLifeTaxAdvice.com.