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noticed a disturbing trend in business books recently: more and more
crap books that are nothing more than thinly veiled sales pitches for
the author's big-ticket program or service.
Now, I'm all for
marketing inside your book. I think a strong call to action is important
to get readers to join your list, become aware of the work you do, and
eventually work more deeply with you.
But I don't want your ads
"sprinkled" throughout the book. A book is not a live webinar. I can
READ, for pity's sake, and I can go to the "references" section in the
back of the book and find all the offers you have mentioned - if you've
written your book properly in the first place.
And that's the
problem. So many of these authors (and sadly, a LOT of them are
internet/info marketers) capitalize on the size of their audience and
their ability to sell a product to push out a book that isn't really all
that good - leaving a lot of readers put out by how much advertising
there is compared to the content. You can read hundreds of Amazon
reviews about books that seem to be nothing more than a bad
advertisement for their schlock.
Books are NOT designed to be business cards.
Somebody started telling business people that a book is a great business card. They're WRONG.
business card is designed to give you some information about a person:
their profession, some contact information, and some of the more
sophisticated marketers of the world even manage to slip an offer in
there to get you to take action.
Here's the thing: I don't pay for
your business card. I pay for information. Knowledge. I pay for your to
give me the answer to my problem. And the answer isn't to pay you even
MORE money to get the full answer. Sorry. That's crap.
If that's all your book does. STOP IT! Your book is NOT a business card!
book is meant to disseminate information - helpful, useful information.
Can you imagine getting a teacher's edition of a math book and having
to opt-in or pay extra to get the answer keys? That's essentially what's
happening here. They give you the problem, and a taste of the solution,
but then hook you into coming back to them to get the real answer you
were looking for in the first place.
This isn't an indictment of
internet/infomarketers. There are some great books in the world. But a
whole industry has risen up around creating your non-fiction book in 30
days and gaming the system so that you, too, can claim to be a
Which only waters down the effort and value
of bona fide authors that put in the hours to craft a meaningful, useful
book that actually serves the audience that buys it.
So after I
found myself paying for and reading through another painful example of a
best-selling author who didn't deserve the title, I couldn't help
I got a little snarky. And I don't apologize one bit. I
hope SOMEONE will prove me wrong, because what I'm seeing is a sad
ripoff of people who genuinely want help - who actually pay money to get
it - and are then sold a bill of goods.
I even called on TLC (the musical group) to make this point abundantly clear.
Join The Conversation: Is A Book A Business Card?
me hear from you. Have you paid for rotten books lately? What are some
of the best business books you've ever read? Let's build a super-helpful
reading list of must-read books and be a Rising Tide for everyone!
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