“Stop My Abortion” Site Was A Hoax

Via the Friendly Atheist:

Remember the anonymous woman who said she would go ahead with her planned abortion unless pro-lifers raised $1 million (which she said would be put in a trust fund for the child)? Turns out it was a hoax. A great big publicity stunt. The website ProLifeAntiWoman.com no longer has the woman’s plea. It’s now a website promoting the novel Strange Animals by Chad Kultgen. (The text that went viral was an excerpt from the book, it says.) The campaign may have backfired, though. The book was just released today by publishers Harper Perennial, and every review on Amazon so far has given it a 1-star rating.

Some of you called this.

  • JT

    Strange animals indeed!

    • Reality.Bites

      My fellow Canucks may remember this.


      • JT

        Is that George Takei in the intro?

        • Reality.Bites

          I’m pretty sure it’s a guy who did a lot of commercial voiceovers in Canada at the time.

  • Time Warper

    Brilliant. Send me money christians and I won’t have an abortion either.

  • Jack_Carter_USA

    I thought it was a particularly egregious money beg, but a hoax works too.

  • Toasterlad

    Yeah, that makes sense. Still, I wish it had been real. I wish EVERY woman would do this, whether they’re pregnant or not. Bleed the religious kooks dry!

  • abnerb

    If you’re pro-choice on abortion, then don’t complain about my view justifying aborting unborn gays, lesbians and transexuals. I’m pro-abortion in some cases such as if it can be predicted an unborn baby will be deformed, transexual or gay-then go ahead and abort them.

  • Amazon reviews that come out so soon are too likely not based on having read the book.

  • A) Speaking as a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author (under Skye Eagleday–my Ty Nolan works are more Native American focus and don’t sell as well), the way Amazon’s logarithm works, the way a book gets shoved up for for reader visibility when a reader looks for a book is influenced by the number of reviews–not the number of stars awarded. In other words–it’s the old “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” A crappy book with a lot of 1 stars will sell more books than a great book with five 5 star reviews.
    B) Professional authors (and publishers) will send out ARC (Advance Review Copies). There are a number of companies who specialize in this, so if one pays a fee, their “stable” of readers get a free copy of the unreleased manuscript. This is another major marketing ploy since another manipulation of the Amazon logarithm is that a book will get more visibility if it has a lot of pre-orders so when it goes live, it emerges with a ton of sales, which is a lot better for its success than if over say, the next 60 days it gets the same number of sales spread out over that time. That’s why a book that’s just come out can have a lot of reviews before a standard reader can have a chance to read it.

    • Oh–just checked on how it’s doing on Amazon. Books are ranked on “Top 100 Bestsellers Lists” that are broken down by “Author” of everything Amazon sells (and I’ve hit that a couple of times but ranks change hourly so fame can be fleeting) and then by genres. There are “low hanging fruit,” so a title of mine in “Action/Adventure” featuring a gay hero can rank a lot higher than in “Gay Fiction” where it’s running against a lot more books in that category. So–given the fact the book in question is listed under “humor” I’m not surprised it’s doing well:

      #9,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

      in Books > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > Dark Humor

      in Books > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Self-Help & Psychology

      in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Satire (I also noticed in the last hour it’s dropped 1000 sales, which didn’t make a difference in the ranks. 8-9K is decent number of sales (I wish all my books did as well), but the book is selling for $10.99 for an ebook. By comparison the newest megahit in the Fifty Shades of Grey (Grey) ebook is only $7.99, and an ebook more commonly goes for $2.99 The man’s bank account is doing well.