Would you like to make $48,000 a month?
It's easy! All you need to do is run a cheesy literary award competition and charge $19.95 an entry for each of 12 categories - and then make it seem like it's a select group because there are "only" 200 entries per category.
Be sure to make your award appear more "real" by adding quotes, with the insinuation that they are about your "award." Take one from the New York Times, which is really from a 1992 article about the importance of the Caldecott and the Pulitzer. Throw in another quote from a guy who was once an editor at Dutton - only he died at the age of 86 in 1983. And there's a quote from agent "Julie Pickering" - only her name is Juliet and her agency is in London. And this quote:
“Wow! I’m so honored; thank you!! I’m deeply grateful… Thank you so much for the recognition! This means a LOT.” – Kathryn Le Veque, NY Times Bestselling Author.
Only she's not a NYT bestselling author, but a USA Today bestselling author (which are different nuts to crack).
While alll of the quotes appear to be real, almost all of them seem to be about COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AWARDS. Other clues: Grammatical mistakes. Calling something a "fiction novel." Art work that seems to have been hijacked from the 1980s.
Remember that money should flow to the author. Don't tell yourself that it's "only" $19.95 - they are counting on 2.400 people to tell themselves that, month after month.