This is how Vassula might get on the NYT bestsellers list
Vassula and local TLIG associations have been giving instructions to followers on how and when to buy her new book “Heaven is real, but so is Hell”, in order to get it picked up by the New York Times (NYT) bestsellers list.
In a mail sent to followers towards the end of February, Vassula explains how the NYT list works and how a relatively small group of people willing to buy dozens of copies in a coordinated way, can get a book on the NYT bestsellers list.
According to the TLIG electronic Newsletter in French sent to subscribers on 5 March 2013:
“In order to be considered a bestseller, the orders for a book have to exhibit the steepest ascending curve possible during the 15 days preceding its publication, corresponding to about 1’000 orders per day, in order to achieve 10’000 to 15’000 orders during that period of time. This sampling period will begin on Monday 11 March and will end on 24 March included.”
The Newsletter advises followers to place orders for several copies of Vassula‘s book every day during that period of time on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but to not exceed 8 copies per order, because bigger orders do not count for the sampling. Followers are also asked to continue buying the book in this coordinated way until the beginning of April “to avoid a fall in sales”.
In order to better coordinate the operation, a “Sales Thermometer” has been put on the book’s blog (see: http://heavenisrealbook.com/sales/ ). Even followers who do not read English have been asked to participate in the operation. Vassula writes: “What will you do with the books? If you speak English you read it [sic]. If not, give as present or better still sell it and you will get your money back”.
In a previous mail, Vassula has told her followers that her new book has been “approved and signed by God”,
and described it as a ‘lure’ or ‘bait’: “When the fish will taste this bait, they will want more; it will take them to want to know and read the True Life in God book of messages.” (TLIG electronic Newsletter in French sent to subscribers on 2 February 2013).
Who is Vassula
Rydén is a controversial Greek Orthodox seer, who claims to receive messages from God through “guided handwriting”. Several experts (Dermine, Nickell, Pacwa, Provstgaard) have identified it as automatic writing. The content of the messages is religious, a sort of revival of biblical texts and teachings from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, with a tendency towards apocalyptic themes and prophecies.
Both the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have issued warnings regarding her teachings and have advised against the participation of the faithful in the activities organized by her local “True Life in God” associations.
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