The other day, Mariel posted a piece of writing
where she admitted that she was yet another person who followed the weekly contest between Paul Bryant and myself on the UK popular list. I'm sorry: I can't keep quiet any longer. Some day, the truth was bound to come out, and that day is today.
Deep breath. Mariel and everyone else, I have been living a lie for the last two and a half years. You asked if I was a consortium and I brazenly denied it. In fact, 31 different people, from five countries, have written for "Manny Rayner". But "Paul Bryant" is no better. At the last count, he had 27 authors in his stable. You're wondering how I know. Simple: three people write for both of us.
At first it was pretty innocent. We did it for the fame, the glamour, the girls and the sheer fun of it. The girls, I hear you ask? Well, you just wouldn't believe how many Goodreads groupies there are. I feel ashamed now when I think of the number we've taken advantage of, but at the time it somehow seemed alright. Consenting adults... anyway, most of them were adults. Sigh. I know. I know.
It only really started getting ugly when the spread-betting guys moved in and serious money started changing hands. There was suddenly a lot of pressure on us to start fixing results. The Russians... okay, I'd better not go into details about that, but you've probably noticed that there are a lot of Russian people on this site. Of course, some of them are only here because they like reviewing books. Then, there are others who... anyway, you get the picture. Let's just say that the pot most weeks is well over twenty million dollars, and that kind of money tends to attract unsavoury characters. Shit. I wanted to drop out - Paul did too - but they wouldn't let us. Too much at stake.
Right. The Witness Protection Program say they can keep us safe and it'll be better if we just make a public confession and disappear quietly. I hope they know what they're talking about. Unfortunately, too many of the writers have my password, and there's nothing to stop them continuing to post in my name. Not much I can do about that.
Well, I'm just glad I was finally able to come clean. Don't think too badly of me. Over and out.