Today has been crazy. This morning I took a chance and decided to share something negative that has been going on in the self-publishing world for the past couple of months. It’s a practice that is creating a lot of problems for readers, bloggers and authors.
Since that post I have received a lot of feedback which I used to edit my suggestions to tell whether or not a review is fake. A lot of people made some very good points which I tried to stress. A lot of my suggestions can help spot fake reviews, but as a lot of you pointed out, a lot of readers will post their reviews at multiple sites especially if they like the book. That’s fine and as an author I more than appreciate the effort you put in.
I guess what it comes down to is go with your gut. If you feel as though the reviews might be too good to be true then it probably is. I think the best way to handle this situation that is going on right now and still enjoy good books without being taking advantage of is to download the free sample of the book and use that to help make your decision to invest your time and money into the book. There are a lot of great books out there and I would never want to discourage someone from reading, but I would rather have people aware of a problem before they get manipulated out of their hard earned money.
Today I received a lot messages and emails. The majority of it was extremely positive with a lot of people, authors, bloggers, etc. confirming what I already knew and letting me in on a lot of stuff that I didn’t. It was interesting and a bit frightening, but I’m glad that they shared the information.
Just to clarify a few things:
There is absolutely nothing wrong with marketing or promoting a book. Authors have to do that otherwise their books would never get out there.The problem is when people are arranging for guaranteed 5 star reviews.
Street Teams are a group of readers that love the author’s work and want to spread the word, which again, is great as long as they do this freely and are not being pushed to give 5 star reviews or go attack another author’s work.
Thank you for your time and your support 🙂