Publisher to hire people to fake sign bestseller’s autograph?

Photo by Cheryl Rainfield

Photo: Cheryl Rainfield

Now this is interesting. I don’t know whether or not it’s true, but according to The Guardian, via Gawker, a big publisher put an ad in Craiglist to hire 14 people to fake the autograph of two co-authors for a best-selling novel, with the workers to be paid $25 for every 200 books they sign.

The ad says that the fake signing will take 8 hours a day for 2 days in Los Angeles, and that each signing will take 15 seconds or less. At that rate the 14 people could sign up to 53,760 copies.

Why hire fake signers? Because the authors don’t want to sign all those books? Granted, those are a LOT of books, but I’d love to have that kind of “problem”!

And what about the people who are purchasing signed copies? I assume they’re buying an autographed copy because they want something that came directly from the author. Isn’t that…cheating them? What do you think?

You can see the ad on Gawker.

Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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5 Responses to Publisher to hire people to fake sign bestseller’s autograph?

  1. The Ms. S says:

    I think it is not only deceptive, but also fraudulent.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Yes. I would feel cheated.

  3. Madison says:

    Good grief, if those were my books I would want to sign them! Publishers shouldn’t do that because it’s cheating the people. If I had a book and found out that’s what they were doing, I’d find out who all purchased one and send them one that was actually signed by me. Goodness, how low can people get? This is a business, not politics!

  4. Cheryl says:

    I would want to sign them, too, Madison. Though I can imagine getting hand cramp. 🙂 But still! It’s their work….

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