There's actually a nitwit out there who advises up-and-coming authors lie this in cover letters
Teresa Nielson-Hayden had a pretty good snark about what bad, bad advice this was. The author, in a mature, reasoned response to her criticism... moved his webpage. (I believe he also threatened her with legal action, but I stopped following the flame war after a while.) Bad enough that there's people out there who think this is a good idea. Worse that there's idiots encouraging them.
Im laughing too hard to properly punctuate my post. TNH is one of the most pleasant pull no punches bloggers in the world. I adore her. However, this was too much and there is now hot apple cider all over my keyboard. Next novel they buy from me will have a "keyboard replacement" line item in the payout line.