Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.
According to a document obtained by WORLD, Result Source Inc. (RSI) contracted with Mars Hill “to conduct a bestseller campaign for your book, Real Marriage on the week of January 2, 2012. The bestseller campaign is intended to place Real Marriage on The New York Times bestseller list for the Advice How-To list.”
The marketing company also promised to help place Real Marriage on the Wall Street Journal Business, USA Today Money, BN.com (Barnes & Noble), and Amazon.com best-seller lists.
The publishing industry just dropped about 50 out of 60 possible points in my estimation given its willingness to fraudulently pad sales for a price. I’m beyond disgusted. What this means is that the ‘bestseller’ lists of these companies, and more, cannot be trusted.
Mark Driscoll obviously knew what his company was doing (I say company because Mars Hill has lost the right to be called a Church as it has refused to take the steps necessary to expel a man who has been shown numerous times to be a plagiarist and thus a thief). As the C.E.O. he’s responsible whether he had knowledge of the ‘payments’ (we call them bribes).
Disgusting. Just absolutely disgusting. What an absolutely unethical person Driscoll is. What a fraud. What a wolf in sheep’s clothing.