I just wrote a new blog post on my Amazon Connect page, riffing on some of the books in Amazon's top 100, the holy grail for books, apparently, according to my publisher. I'm currently at 131, and have been hovering between 114 and 184 for most of the past 30 hours or so. The Sonoma Diet is currently at number 94. I understand why Malcolm Gladwell and Harry Potter and Seth Mnookin ("Feeding The Monster," the book about the Red Sox I bought last week but haven't read yet) are ahead of me. But I don't understand why The Sonoma Diet is, especially since if you do a google search for the Sonoma Diet, you find out more than you'd ever need to know. For free.
So here's my challenge: I want to rank ahead of The Sonoma Diet, even if it just means The Sonoma Diet sells fewer books and doesn't actually mean that I sell any more. That's my goal. How you can help? Don't buy The Sonoma Diet. Tell your friends not to buy The Sonoma Diet. If I pass The Sonoma Diet, even for a moment, I will pledge to eat more blueberries. That's one of the diet's ten power foods. Almonds, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, grapes, olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and whole grains. I learned that for free on Google. Here's why I don't trust anything, including The Sonoma Diet. If there really were a set of power foods, why would there be exactly ten of them? Isn't it a little too convenient that nature has given us exactly ten power foods, and not seven, or THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY? Is there really a difference between strawberries and raspberries that should mean one makes the Sonoma list and the other is stuck in your grocer's produce aisle, alone and moldy?
I want my book to change the world for the better. And the best way I can think to make that happen is by passing The Sonoma Diet in Amazon sales rank and stop people from being so silly as to think "ten power foods" are any better than "lots of fruits and vegetables, some exercise, and just a bit of invasive surgery." The all-natural way. Just look at Star Jones.