So Good They Call You a Fake

Welcome to my So Good They Call You a Fake book review! Current page: 95

One-Sentence-Summary: How to document your system whether that’s a book, a course, or a process for your business.

I’m currently reading So Good They Call You a Fake by Joshua Lisec, and it might be my most interested review and summary yet. That’s because I had an unplesant exchange with the author on Instagram to match his unpleasant writing style. I’ll explaing below, but I think now’s an approprite time to remind you of my ‘brutally honest’ reviews. I’m not a prepubecsent boy who can’t control his emotions and if someone does me wrong, I’ve gotta get them back! You’ll have to take myword for it that I wrote half of this review well before the interaction with the Lisec. You be the judge.

booboo real-time book rating: ★★★☆☆ (percentage of books with this rating: 24%)

This blog will contain both my summary and review of the book So Good They Call You a Fake.

As I read the book, you will find my in-progress So Good They Call You a Fake review and book summary notes below.

I want to like this guy. I think I would if we met in person. But his writing and his claims are rubbing me the wrong way. Just an FYI before you being. I have nothing against the author and only heard about him three hours ago.

Let’s get to the point, and by point I mean my very first impressions becuase I’m currently on page three. Right off the bat, I do notice some strange inconsistencies with the author’s bold claim. He’s saying he’s a very, very good ghostwriter. In fact, #1 ghostwriter in the world. That’s ok. But, let’s see what you got to back up that claim! Well, his book was released two months after my recent book and as of September, it has the same number of reviews. Make no mistake about it. That’s strange. Why? If he did, in fact, do what he claims like publish international bestsellers and award-winners and promote nobodies so well they became a household name earning millions per year then some of these very famous authors have very large audiences and feel very indebted to Lisec, right? Maybe. I think that’s gotta be true for at least a few of them. On the other hand, the author’s may not want to admit their book was ghostwritten. That seems plausible. Let’s move to oddity number two: the author who wrote the foreword to his book claims to have sold 20,000 copies. That’s ok. But I’m assuming this author was choosen becuause he’s got an extrodinoary result. My first book sold 50,000 copies with 784 reviews in five years. The foreword author’s book has 934 reviews in two years time. Better, yes. But not that much better. And I did nothing special. No marketing. I mean, I’m not that good. I’m not some prodigy. I’m just saying, if you’re a professional making these very big claims, I’m going to be a little skeptical. You should probably sell a lot of books because you’re a world-class writer, have world-class connections to promote your book. Lisec also promotes a book titled Level Up or Die. It has a measly 52 reviews in two years. Given the effort it takes to write a book, that is a BIG fat failure. Lisec does have 30,000 followers on Twitter so that at least bodes well for him.

Did you know I’m an author? I wrote four books on real estate investing, travel, and language learning.

But, I’m open minded. Let’s continue reading, shall we?

  • also at the very, very, very beginning of the book he posts a tweet from someone cliamiing the author is a fake becuaes the author claims to have written 78 books. That’s, like, not valid. What? That’s really what he’s writing about? If you claim to have written 78 books but can’t provide proof and someone calls you on it, that’s not exactly caling you fake because you’re so good. It’s calling you fake becuase you have no proof.
  • also, just ghosting writing a book doesn’t mean shit. You have to tsell copies. You could write the best book in the world but if no one buys it, it goes unnoticed. So claimng a lto of this success seems a bit of a reach for this guy
  • I think he’s trying to claim some credit for things he may have doen and he feels slighted, this is my inital read
  • “..I won’t be stealing credit, as is the way of other ghostwriters and self-publishers. In my profession, it’s oh-so-typical to contort your personal brand into the mentor-turned-villain. Look how great I made them; they would be nothing without me!” (p. 5) Whoa, crazy! I wrote the bullet point above not 3 paragraphs before reading this quote. It’s actually exactly what this guy sounds like. Of the 78 books, not one said he could drop their name? Not one? Seems unlikely.
  • Whoa the non-verifiable fucking claims this dude is makeing! lol. Virtural book launch….created by Joshua Lisec. Maybe. I don’t know. But not provable and a big claim.
  • I love the part about adverbs or #badverbs – a lot of authors hate adverbs and I don’t even know what they are. Until now. Thank you, Joshua. You cleared it up and now I will clear it up for any readers of this book review. An adverb is adding extra to something that makes it, probably, false….”this terrible thing literally happened” or “the President essentially said” or “this new law basically means genocide.” The adverb makes it untrue. Can you spot it? The adverb adds in literary license that should not be added. It adds in your own presumptions. Now you can spot adverbs and see through them and elininate them from your writing.
  • The book’s premise is strange: “There is no higher praise than being called a fraud.” (p. 14)
  • I Just Want This Done
    • international bestseller
    • won interviews with both valuable local Chicago media nad major podcastas with gloabl, multi-million listenership
    • Amazon reviews: 64
  • Construction Genius
    • made the author “look like a genius to reader far and wide”
    • Amazon reviews: 33
  • the other two featured books has 19 and 676 reviews
  • How to Get More Law Firm Clients 58 reviews said screw the NDA
  • “Neil Malan scam” actually seems legit which Lisec is purporting to be his client. Neil Malan, author of Digital Agency Fasttrack which sounded scammy as soon as I read the title, has an average rating of 3.0 on Amazon. p. 39
  • 42 pages in and nothing besides crazy claims not backed up by sufficient support. It is well written and I do look fowrard to getting to the part about systemizing things. My business is part science, part art and I really need to sysemtize it so I’m not depent on certain people.
  • Not sure why I’m still reading. I’m now four chapters in and no actionable advice. Lisec spent a large portion preaching his own questionable success on books that have 19 reviews or a 3.0 rating. It’s well written sure, if you can get past his annoying and unnecessary sentences like “Yeah, yeah, be really good, Josh, I get it, you might be thinking. First of all, you should have picked this up by now: Call me Joshua, not Josh.” Wait, what….you’re putting words in the reader’s mind only to insult them. On top of that, your author name is Joshua Lisec, not Josh, so this is all just so unnecessary.
  • As easy read because there’s minimal actionable advice, so I made few notes.
  • Not surprisingly, the author referred to Blue Ocean Strategy, another underwhelming book that I didn’t finish.
  • The author did give me some good ideas throughout the book. It could have benefited me before my recently published book this year. General advice. For example, how I structured the book. No one does anything while reading. The author has a lot of to-do’s. Better to let the reader, read to see if they’re totally on board, then list out the to-dos at the end. After all, you buy a book to read.

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