Author Writes 300,000 Books in Less Than 5 Years

I’ve always loved to write but I have never been a long-form writer. I never had the patience, nor the creativity to write anything longer than a page or two. In a way, I’ve always been the blogger I am today, despite my best efforts to one-day be a best-selling novelist. While I’m fairly certain that there’s no chance of me publishing even one book, author Philip M. Parker has been book-writing for less than five years, yet already has about 85,000 publications on Amazon. He claims the true number of books he’s written is closer to 300,000. Whuuuuuuh? Here are some of his featured titles:

    The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Rotary Pumps with Designed Pressure of 100 P.s.i. or Less and Designed Capacity of 10 G.p.m. or LessAvocados: A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide

    Webster’s English to Romanian Crossword Puzzles: Level 2

    The 2007-2012 Outlook for Golf Bags in India

    The 2007-2012 Outlook for Chinese Prawn Crackers in Japan

    The 2002 Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Cataract Surgery

    The 2007 Report on Wood Toilet Seats: World Market Segmentation by City

    The 2007-2012 Outlook for Frozen Asparagus in India

So as you can see, his genres of interest are all over the map. But how can he possibly be so prolific? Parker is the proud owner of a piece of computer software that serves as a “method and apparatus for automated authoring and marketing.” Parker explains the process: “I have amassed huge linguistics databases (I am an avid dictionary collector, since I was 18), and have a background in mathematics, and computer programming, so I have approached this from a management science perspective. Everything is organized by genre, and within genre by topic, and within topic by sub-topic, etc., for all languages. It is a matter of organization.”

Parker provides the computer with a database of relevant information about a given subject and lets the software work its magic. All that need exist is the book’s title, so there’s no worry about over-printing. An order is submitted and the book is printed, each new book title costing Parker less than a quarter, yet has similar quality to a book written by an author with an MBA or a history in linguistics.

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