Oh my good gravy...my poor Midwestern naivete doesn't know what to think about all that!
Then I realized she was self-published.
Oh, really?? I hadn't realized that..
Now, while in this case I wouldn't have to come up with a plot and can pretty much guarantee at least a fun read ... I think her evil plan worked because she already had a fanfic following, piggybacking off Twilight—and she set the ebook price at $10, a pretty crazy amount to charge for a self-published ebook, which worked partially because it just helped her get more money and partially because not setting your price too low is a psychological trick to make your goods seem worthwhile.
On the other hand ... it's not like I want to be independently wealthy. I just want to finish the basement and buy some furniture.