Giving Love A Seriously Bad Name

December 13th, 2004 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

Now, we’re not the type to make fun of our fellow humans…oh, right, we are. It’s what keeps us going. If we didn’t have our species to enjoy, we’d have to make fun of cats*. Since we think shopping online is the greatest invention since the Gutenberg press, we like to think we have expertise here, not that lack of such would stop us. Thus we offer some advice, especially for those who are looking to use the Internet in new and creative ways.

  • For online auctions, your photo doesn’t add much to the experience. Unless you’re selling your personal self. But we think that might be illegal in some states and countries. Check local regulations.
  • It is not necessary to use every font size and decoration available in the HTML standard. Usually, one works this out in high school journalism. If not, within the first year of using a word processor.
  • If you’re a writer selling your work, you might want to emphasize your command of the English language. This is more of a guideline than a rule.
  • Ellipses should be confined to their proper places. We do love alternative punctuation, but only when used in safe and adult manner. Also, only one exclamation point per paragraph. If two are required, you should be drowning and/or stuck on top of Mount Everest with no oxygen.
  • We won’t mention the folly of financing purchases like this. Suffice to say, if you have to go into serious debt, this isn’t the right move for you.
  • Please know the sad truth about rights purchases in Hollywood. There is a totem pole and there are low men on the totem pole. Hint: they are not actors, directors, producers, grips, script supervisors, or any other person who is not the writer.
  • Repetition is good. Repetition that implies your customer isn’t bright is not so good.
  • Finally, people are bit wary of high shipping and handling fees. Remember, we’re a species that loves a bargain. Perhaps for $250k, certain costs can be thrown in…call it goodwill.

That being said, we wish this particular author the best of luck. She may be catching the wave of the future. If not, there’s a sucker born every minute — who’s to say she won’t intersect with said sucker?

* – Anyone who’s ever incurred the wrath of a feline knows the folly of this. Also, change litter boxes often.

File Under: Square Pegs

1 response so far ↓

  • Larissa Ione // Dec 14, 2004 at 10:29 am

    LOL! My favorite part about this whole thing is that the “author” wrote a book about how to be a successful author!

    I love the $25 shipping cost, too. I guess she figures that if someone is stupid enough to pay a quarter of a million dollars for her copyrights, then hey, maybe they are too stupid to notice how much shipping is? Hmm. I might email her and see if she’ll waive shipping fees…