Smashwords has a new feature: people can pre-order your book, but the sales can be tallied all at once on launch day.
From the Smashwords blog:
Here’s an easier method: if you want the label “best-selling author” why not just lie about it?
Artificially engineering fake popularity is lying. It’s deceptive. And it has no lasting value.
If your goal is popularity, just write about the world’s favorite subject. Include plenty of pictures. It’ll sell; it always has.
Oh; you want to write something worthwhile, and make that popular. Got it.
Show me how you put “worthwhile” and “rank deception” on the same plate and still feel good about your art. Or yourself.
A “best seller” is a something which sells more than all the other things. Y’know, “best”, as in “excelling all others.” Not many others, or some others, or seems like some people really like it.
Not convinced yet?
How about this: everybody knows your “best seller” was a contrived carefully engineered stunt. They know (just ask them) that it’s no more real than the picture of you Photoshopped into the Dalai Lama’s limo or the video of you lip-syncing to Friends in Low Places.
A writer without integrity will not survive the 5 years it’s going to take to even come close to becoming a full-time writer.
Honesty does not come by degrees.