Going SCORCHED EARTH against Barnes and Noble…

Something unusual happens when you write a New York Times bestselling book like PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION…

By Kent Heckenlively, JD

A lot of people come out of the woodwork, wanting to congratulate you, and to your complete surprise, many have been your long-time heroes.

But there’s another group who introduces themselves, the super-predators, the alphas, the warriors, the winter soldiers, the sharks, who come up to you and say, “You know, Kent, I have a very special set of skills.  And you’re probably going to need me at some point in the near future.  Don’t hesitate to call.  We get shit done.”

That’s the background to me receiving this email…

…from a reader who tried to order our new book, THE CASE AGAINST MASKS from Barnes & Noble.

“I actually made a phone call to the local Barnes & Nobles to order the book which is found at their web site.
 
 
I wanted to order the book to ship to the same STORE for pickup, INSTEAD of shipping direct to my home (which is boring in my opinion).
 
I was advised they could not locate the book by looking up the title and authors. It’s not in the database. Then they asked me to provide ISBN number and they found the book as listed, but then advised me they CANNOT order the book to ship to the store (any store). They advised that if it were to be ordered to ship to the store for pickup, the order WILL BE cancelled.
 
I advise the authors to investigate by following the similar steps as mine to document the censorship and suppression tactics by the upper management of Barnes & Nobles which operates on liberal ideology that censors the free flow of information by DENYING the order for pickup unless shipped direct to the home.
 
I have ordered books to be shipped to the same store in the past, but never this ridiculous blockage as suppressive tactic.
 
I wanted to buy the book at pickup for my sister as a belated birthday gift (a few months after her b-day on May 25). She is a protestor of face mask mandate and refuses to wear face covering anywhere. Provo Utah city council just overrode the mayor’s veto to force the face mask mandate until November 15 unless extended. Provo City council face mask mandate as ordinance led by BYU professor of humanities George Handley (leftist).”

I didn’t even have to think about it for a minute.

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Humor – Next Book Target: Donald Trump, Jr…

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained…

By Kent Heckenlively, JD

According to the Greek historian Plutarch (or maybe Hans Gruber, the villain from the original Die Hard movie from the 1980s), “And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

While I may not be Alexander the Great, the famed Greek general who conquered all the known world of his time in the third century B.C., one might wonder if I have any more worlds to conquer with my writing.

When I was staring out with our book, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, I had a target.  The most popular virus book of the last ten years, Spillover, by David Quammen, (published in 2013) had at the time about 850 Amazon reviews. I remember many a day looking at that book on Amazon, thinking, “If only I could get to 850 Amazon reviews.”  Well, I blew by that within about eight weeks of my release in April.

Then I set my sights on Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston, published in 1994.  It is the all-time best-selling virus book of all time.  On Amazon it had about 1,200 Amazon reviews.  Well, I blew past The Hot Zone as well. Another world conquered.

For about two years I’ve been listening to the daily Periscope shows of Scott Adams, learning how to become a master persuader.  By a strange twist of fate, both of our book were originally scheduled to come out on November 5, 2109.  His got published and mine got pushed back to April 14, 2020.  I remember thinking, if only my book could match the success of his new book, Loser-Think.  As of this writing, Loser-Think has 652 Amazon reviews.  Loser-Think soon fell beneath the mighty army of my readers.

Loser-Think was not Scott’s most popular book.  That designation belonged to How to Fail at Nearly Everything & Still Win Big, published in 2014.  How many times have I heard him talk about how he gets emails about that book every day with people thanking him for writing it? Hundreds?

As of today How to Fail at Nearly Everything & Still Win Big has 2,014 Amazon reviews.  Was I bold enough to think I could match that publishing juggernaut?  Last week I realized I was close, and so put out a call for those readers who hadn’t yet posted an Amazon review.

The result? PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION now has 2,112 Amazon reviews.

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