I am so bloody sick of these headlines.
Zoella’s book Girl Online outsells JK Rowling
This 24-Year-Old Blogger Is Selling Books Faster Than JK Rowling
Zoe Sugg Aka Zoella Shoots Past JK Rowling’s 1st Week Launch Records For Her New Book ‘Girl Online’
YouTube Star Zoella’s First Week Book Sales Surpass J.K. Rowling’s Debut
This is nothing against Zoe Sugg. This is about the misleading and, quite frankly, embarrassing headlines.
In its first week, Zoe’s book Girl Online sold almost 80,000 copies. This set a record for fastest selling debut book. You know what “debut” means? First book. That means Girl Online sold more copies in the first week than Harry Potter #1. Is that really something to brag about? I mean, yes, it is an accomplishment that the book has sold so many copies. But should you really go around screaming, “I outsold J.K. Rowling!!” NO! Because that’s just stupid.
J.K. Rowling wasn’t famous when she published Harry Potter #1
Rowling had no connections, no fans, nothing. She was just a regular, unknown writer trying to publish a book. Zoe Sugg published a book AFTER she had millions and millions of fans. If I were her, I’d be embarrassed to have people shouting that I’d “outsold J.K. Rowling”. Someone with millions of fans sold more books than someone with zero fans… Uhh, DUH!
Try comparing Girl Online’s sales to Harry Potter 7, and it’s just laughable
Let’s try to even things out, shall we?
As a reminder, Girl Online sold almost 80,000 copies in the first seven days.
Harry Potter #7 sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours (in the United States). No fucking contest.
This is just the start of it
There’s a lot of controversy right now surrounding Zoe Sugg, Girl Online, sales, and ghostwritten books. I’m not even focusing on all that. The only thing that’s really annoying me right now are these ridiculous headlines. It’s like someone with 10 million subscribers saying:
“Oh my god! My videos get more comments than that person with only three subscribers. THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!!”
Which would result in responses like, “Duh” and “What did you expect? Obviously someone with 10 million fans would get more comments than someone with only three fans.”