Monday, June 02, 2014

What price success? As it turns out, it's cheaper than you think.

Patty here

The Jenners
How to Get a Book Contract: Be Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Every once in a while, you read something that makes your head spin. For me, it was that Kendall and Kylie Jenner, half sisters to Kim Kardashian and reality TV personalities in Keeping up with the Kardashians have written a novel, which is due out on June 3rd in hard cover and ebook. It’s called Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia (In keeping with over-the-top Kardashian/Jenner clan, two subtitle colons must have seemed better than just one).

The publisher describes the book as:

 “…a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together."

"Two cities… Two girls… A shared destiny… In a world of the far future, the great city of Indra has two faces: a beautiful paradise floating high in the sky, and a nightmare world of poverty carved into tunnels beneath the surface of the earth…a gripping tale of air, fire, and a bond of blood."

We know which world the Jenners live in. It must have taken serious research for them to have written the "nightmare world of poverty" part of the novel. I am eagerly awaiting the reviews. Regardless of any negative feedback, the book will become a bestseller as soon as Kendall tweets the pub date to her 7.9 million Twitter followers.

And What About Those Twitter Followers?

Seven-point-nine mil is a lot of followers. I have a Twitter account but I haven’t learned how to use it effectively. I enjoy reading links to articles posted by people I follow but I rarely tweet, nor do I know how to respond to people who tweet me. All those hashtags seem like a foreign language (#hablaTwitter). My cluelessness does not attract many followers. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across an article recently published in the Los Angeles Times titled "Mining Twitter gold, at five bucks a pop" by Gilad Lotan.

While researching the mystique of Twitter followers, data scientist Lotan found “… a lively Internet business in selling followers — specially created fake accounts on Twitter or other social networking sites that were set up by enterprising businesspeople specifically to bump up follower numbers for people willing to pay.”

He conducted an experiment by purchasing a few followers for himself. To find sellers, all he had to do was Google “purchase Twitter followers” and a broad array of options opened before him. For five bucks he purchased 4,000 followers, most of which were fake accounts. Soon, most of the fake followers disappeared but in the meantime his elevated numbers attracted the attention of real followers, until his real followers grew from the original 2,600 to 12,000.

As an experiment, I followed his lead and Googled “purchase Twitter followers.” My search revealed this: "Kendall Jenner: Reality Star Accused of Buying Twitter Followers; 4.6 Million Online Fans are ‘Fake’?"

I'll sign off now, but you can find me hanging out on Twitter @ #fakeauthors, #fakefollowers, #NightmareWorldofPoverty, #Lex:Livia:Colon:Junkies and #12StepProgramForOverAlliterators.

HAPPY MONDAY! HAPPY JUNE!

20 comments:

  1. Way to start the month of June, Patty! I especially loved your comment about the colons. And that ending is priceless!
    Sandy

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  2. from Jacqueline. I'm not so much of a hermit that I have never heard of the Kardashians, however, it only occurred to me two months ago to ask, "Who exactly are these people, and what have they done?" Not having a TV, you see - leaves you in the dark on some matters. I think their "success" is all very weird. But that book deal is something to behold, even with those two colons (what was the publisher smoking when that deal was done? Oh yes, dreams of Kardashian $$$). And I loved your point about the research on poverty - yes, with a Chanel bag in hand, a glittery notebook and a little pink diamante pen with pink feathers on top! And full disclosure - I dare not do the Twitter thing. I fear making a terrible mistake of some sort and never living it down!

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    1. The Kardashians were friends of OJ Simpson. Daughter Khloe is reputed to be his daughter. The reality TV show started when Kim's sex tape was released and...WAIT! This may be too much info for you, Our J.

      You don't have a TV????

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    2. Though I have a television, I still have a vague idea who the Kardashians are. Are they actors or what? At the hair salon, I read People magazine and got a bit more information about who they are. Their father was a defense attorney for OJ. The Jenners' dad is Bruce Jenner who won an Olympic gold in something in the 1970s. Even if you do not have a television, you can watch videos on your computer. Try imdb dot com.

      ~Diana

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    3. The Kardashians definitely fall into the "or what?" category, Diana.

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  3. LOL, Patty. I'm glad my coffee was heating in the microwave instead of next to my computer when I read this or I might have fried my laptop. And here I thought Twitter was useful for sharing information and interesting links. Silly me!

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    1. Cindy, making you giggle is a high point in the day, since you write funny yourself.

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  4. Yep, just like you can buy reviews to be posted on Amazon to affect your sale rank agolrithms -- however the hell that works.

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    1. Gary, is anything real anymore?

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  5. Nice one, Patty. I guess for them "poverty" is possible to contemplate only as part of some bizarre fantasy world.

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    1. That's funny, Andrew! Very funny.

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  6. Perhaps the worst book title in history. And I'm sure the writing isn't much better....unless the ghost writer is good.

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    1. If I buy you a copy, will you review it on Naked Authors? THAT would be a funny post.

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  7. James O. Born6/02/2014 2:17 PM

    I'm a pretty good tech guy but I do not follow anyone on Twitter nor do I have a twitter account. I'm a pretty tolerant guy, as well, but if I could run down one or more of the Kardashians, I probably would.

    Jim

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    1. Yeah, but don't you wish you had that sort of PR machine for your books?

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  8. I wouldn't know what to write to fake twitter followers as I have enough trouble with 140 character messages out to real ones.

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    1. Ha! I definitely need a remedial Twitter class. The only thing I know how to do is retweet. I can't limit myself to 140 words, so forget characters.

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  9. Twitter is different from Facebook. Wish I knew how to use Twitter.

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