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Offline Robert Salisbury

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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2015, 06:11:42 AM »
I've been accused of this twice. It was very upsetting in both cases. Once for hundreds of short reviews showing up fast (I'd sold a lot of books), once for too many long, super-enthusiastic reviews showing up fast (early readers loved that book). I know Amazon has filed suit against hundreds of people on Fiverr who sold fake reviews, and I am glad of it. But meanwhile, I wouldn't go accusing authors. If you have doubts, I'd go look on Goodreads. Typically, ratings are about .5 stars lower than on Amazon. If there are a lot of ratings (enough to be significant), and the average is WAY lower than on Amazon, like over 1 star's worth, I'd guess there could be something fishy.

Or, you know, you could shrug and not bother, because it's not really your problem and there's no real way to know.

I'm sorry you've been accused and got upset, because I looked into your Amazon pages when you posted on my "are reviews meaningless" thread a few days ago, and thought everything looked absolutely plausible and 100% correct. The ratings averages on the books and the quantity of reviews matched your success. I looked into the sales on a few, and they were all in the top 1% of Kindles. It was a good example of the opposite of what had been puzzling me, which was books with ratings averages that were spectacular even by your standards, but without the matching success.

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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2015, 06:12:47 AM »
No, you don't have to write a review.  I generally do.

I haven't gotten one of those rating thingies lately...

I actually haven't in a while either, but I found that if I go to any book and click 'write a review' I get a page of the things I have bought -- and can put ratings/reviews there.

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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2015, 06:30:05 AM »


That said, you CAN often spot paid reviews, but it isn't the length or even the review rating that gives them away. Paid reviews tend to talk more about how great the AUTHOR is instead of how great the BOOK is. Lots of them will read like ad copy (because they are...often the author's write the review and the reviewer just posts them). Look for patterns in reviews that are all posted around the same time. People who buy reviews don't buy one or two. They tend to buy in bulk. All the reviews will tend to use the same "buzz words" and phrases. So look for patterns in the reviews themselves.



How can you spot a review as paid, if you can't confirm it? Are you actually pointing to examples where the review has been outed as paid? Or are you just guessing?

Seriously, authors should not be accountable what lands on their product page.

Aside from the spam like reviews I get, a couple of years ago one of my housemates reviewed my book on Amazon. I pleaded with them to take it down, but they refused, insisting that Amazon asked them to review the book. I talked about IP addresses and how it would look, they didn't care. About a year later amazon took down the review and nothing else happened, but seriously ... there's far too many innocent people caught up in blind accusations. Authors need to be aware.

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« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2015, 06:44:36 AM »
How can you spot a review as paid, if you can't confirm it? Are you actually pointing to examples where the review has been outed as paid? Or are you just guessing?

Seriously, authors should not be accountable what lands on their product page.

Aside from the spam like reviews I get, a couple of years ago one of my housemates reviewed my book on Amazon. I pleaded with them to take it down, but they refused, insisting that Amazon asked them to review the book. I talked about IP addresses and how it would look, they didn't care. About a year later amazon took down the review and nothing else happened, but seriously ... there's far too many innocent people caught up in blind accusations. Authors need to be aware.

I think what Julie is saying is that the evidence for paid reviews is in a number of reviews on a single book, from all different people, that all say, essentially the same thing.  That is much more likely to be due to a concerted effort than the history of a single reviewer who might just post very similar comments on everything s/he reads.

Either way, I do think it is unwise to draw conclusions based on so little evidence.  And, understand that readers are well able to accord exactly the amount of weight to a review that it deserves. if a reader sees a lot of reviews that all say the same thing, they're going to think they're perhaps not all from 'real readers'. If it doesn't say anything but "this is great" or "this is trash", it's pretty easy to ignore.

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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2015, 06:48:44 AM »
I rarely leave a review for anything that is less than 4 or 5 stars, lower than that I rarely bother leaving a review unless there is something I feel the need to rant about that happened to be in the book. I normally leave the ranty reviews on GR, not Amazon though.

I've never paid for a review, and some of the reviews on my stuff are very short too. So no, you can't always tell who's paid for a review.


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« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2015, 06:54:15 AM »
I think what Julie is saying is that the evidence for paid reviews is in a number of reviews on a single book, from all different people, that all say, essentially the same thing.  That is much more likely to be due to a concerted effort than the history of a single reviewer who might just post very similar comments on everything s/he reads.

Either way, I do think it is unwise to draw conclusions based on so little evidence.  And, understand that readers are well able to accord exactly the amount of weight to a review that it deserves. if a reader sees a lot of reviews that all say the same thing, they're going to think they're perhaps not all from 'real readers'. If it doesn't say anything but "this is great" or "this is trash", it's pretty easy to ignore.

I'm not concerned about readers's interpretation of reviews. That's harmless unless an author is unduly targeted by certain people.

The situation you describe may well be a concerted effort, with or without the authors collaboration.

Regardless, it is very dangerous to take such accusations lightly, even amongst discussion of authors on a public board.

Authors can have their books taken down, accounts suspended, and who knows what else - Even the innocent are powerless to defend themselves if enough people make their minds up in advance.

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« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2015, 07:32:21 AM »
Its hilarious to see which authors purchase reviews. You can always tell because they are short, and when you click through the same reviewer has given EVERYONE 5 star reviews. Sorry but no one gives 5 stars to every single book they read.  ;D

Then you have the reviewer who has 5 starred every book the writer has done LOL clear giveaway ( It screams fiverr)

I'm sure Amazon will bring the hammer down soon and I imagine number of accounts will be nuked badly.

Before i purchase a book, i don't look at their reviews. I look at WHO their reviewers are ( and what they have reviewed ) it lets me know immediately if its a paid review or not.


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« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2015, 07:35:52 AM »
I'm highly considering paying someone on Fivver to write a response using my name on this thread and give it 4.5 stars to see if that shifts our thread ranking on Kboards at all.... :P
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« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2015, 07:47:49 AM »
Seriously, authors should not be accountable what lands on their product page.

Well, mostly.  There's no doubt, is there, that in the past, some authors have paid for reviews?  And that there are still Fiverr gigs advertising to do that (though we don't know that they're getting any takers)?  And that Amazon is cracking down on things? 

That being said, I have seen a LOT of reviews commented on here by authors where I didn't have the same reaction as the author--troll, another author, etc.  So I think the possibility that anyone would positively KNOW for sure all the time which, if any, reviews have been paid for is unlikely.

I understand concern--the idea of paid reviews taints whichever industry the bad reviews are in--restaurants, books, canned unicorn meat.  But I think the best thing that anyone can do is to be honest in their approach to the industry.

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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2015, 07:58:26 AM »
Authors can have their books taken down, accounts suspended, and who knows what else...

Is there evidence that any of the above has happened as a result of paid reviews?
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« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2015, 08:06:13 AM »
Yeah, that would be messy. I have a lot of short reviews. Also, I usually don't bother to review a book unless I love it. Usually I just put it down and forget about it.

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« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2015, 08:14:08 AM »
Is there evidence that any of the above has happened as a result of paid reviews?

Well there was an article in the Guardian last month about how amazon wants to sue those writing fake reviews, and wants the info of what authors hired them. So I'm wagering anyone caught in this line will be looking at a world of hurt.

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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2015, 08:28:41 AM »
I think what Julie is saying is that the evidence for paid reviews is in a number of reviews on a single book, from all different people, that all say, essentially the same thing.  That is much more likely to be due to a concerted effort than the history of a single reviewer who might just post very similar comments on everything s/he reads.

It will generally be more than just saying the same thing, but using rather specific words and phrases to say the same thing. It isn't what is said, but how. Look at sentence structure. Grammar. Diction. The way a reviewer constructs a paragraph. The type of mistakes they make. If you've a mind for such a thing, you can see patterns emerge. Particularly those of us that spent time as English majors or Creative writing majors and spend huge portions of time studying how language is constructed.

I'm certainly not saying it is simple and straightforward. You do need to naturally be someone who reads things critically. You won't tend to notice if you are simply skimming or reading casually. I'm critical by nature (I know, HUGE SURPRISE! lol) and I have a fascination with language and how people communicate. So I quite often pick up things others don't notice immediately.

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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2015, 08:38:27 AM »
Well there was an article in the Guardian last month about how amazon wants to sue those writing fake reviews, and wants the info of what authors hired them. So I'm wagering anyone caught in this line will be looking at a world of hurt.

Here's the reason I ask...

If Amazon is taking books down and suspending accounts as a consequence of having paid reviews, it would be easy for me to visit Fiverr, buy hundreds of reviews for my competitors and subsequently report them to Amazon. If many authors used that tactic, it would obviously cause chaos.

One of my passions is search marketing. A couple of years ago, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over something called "negative SEO." To wit, you could build bad backlinks (e.g. links from porn sites, med sites, low-quality sites from various country TLDs, networks of "flogs," etc.) for your competitors and watch Google penalize their rankings.*

Google plugged that hole quickly. But many sites were crushed in the organic rankings as a result of nefarious, sociopathic search marketers.

I'd hate to see that happen to self-published authors at Amazon. I assume Amazon is smart enough to refrain from taking books down and suspending accounts for paid reviews. To date, they've focused on blowing away dubious reviews and going after the folks who post them.




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« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2015, 08:50:44 AM »
Here's the reason I ask...

If Amazon is taking books down and suspending accounts as a consequence of having paid reviews, it would be easy for me to visit Fiverr, buy hundreds of reviews for my competitors and subsequently report them to Amazon. If many authors used that tactic, it would obviously cause chaos.

One of my passions is search marketing. A couple of years ago, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over something called "negative SEO." To wit, you could build bad backlinks (e.g. links from porn sites, med sites, low-quality sites from various country TLDs, networks of "flogs," etc.) for your competitors and watch Google penalize their rankings.*

Google plugged that hole quickly. But many sites were crushed in the organic rankings as a result of nefarious, sociopathic search marketers.

I'd hate to see that happen to self-published authors at Amazon. I assume Amazon is smart enough to refrain from taking books down and suspending accounts for paid reviews. To date, they've focused on blowing away dubious reviews and going after the folks who post them.




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This was my first concern when I heard about it. Punishing people based on suspicion rather than fact. Seems super nasty. If you read one of the nearby threads HM Ward has been dealing with Amazon removing her books based on fake DMCA, and she's not the only one. Guilty until proven innocent is a terrible policy.

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« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2015, 09:02:10 AM »
I've never bought a review either. I traded reviews once and it made me feel awkward, so I've declined subsequent offers. My review and the one of Rarity from the Hollow were both honest, and that helped me feel a little better. Neither were five star, about which I'm now grateful.

I was expressing my objection to paid for reviews to Temple Williams. He's a retired Reader's Digest Editor that I've gotten to know after he posted a review of my novel. His take on the issue of paying for book reviews was a little surprising to me. He said that every major publisher uses paid for book reviews as part of their promotions and that Indie titles and small presses face unfair scrutiny when they do it. I hope that I'm not misstating his view on the matter, and he is a 100% advocate of honest reviews. I'd never looked at it from this perspective -- fairness in advertising.

I'm still not going to pay for book reviews, regardless. I don't have the money to do so even if there were no ethical issues and current scandal. I thought that Mr. Williams historical perspective would be interesting.

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« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2015, 09:23:25 AM »
I have lots of very short 4/5* reviews from (I assume) readers who like my books, but have no idea how amazon works and couldn't care less about review "etiquette". Some are just 2 or 3 words.













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« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2015, 03:50:29 PM »
I was expressing my objection to paid for reviews to Temple Williams. He's a retired Reader's Digest Editor that I've gotten to know after he posted a review of my novel. His take on the issue of paying for book reviews was a little surprising to me. He said that every major publisher uses paid for book reviews as part of their promotions and that Indie titles and small presses face unfair scrutiny when they do it.

I'd wager he's talking about something like paying Kirkus for an editorial review (the content of which you don't control), not hiring a guy from Fiver to post 20 5-star reviews on your Amazon page.

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« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2015, 04:27:47 PM »
I think this discussion is very valid in general but probably not very valid on this board. The fact that the authors come here means they are more knowledgeable than a lot of authors who don't know about this place. So my feeling is that most people here are never going to consider buying reviews because they know better. Hence the slight outrage already displayed. But in the wider world I'm sure there are loads of less informed writers who don't realise it's not okay

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« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2015, 04:31:01 PM »
I have a word for people who buy reviews.

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« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2015, 04:54:57 PM »
I think this discussion is very valid in general but probably not very valid on this board. The fact that the authors come here means they are more knowledgeable than a lot of authors who don't know about this place. So my feeling is that most people here are never going to consider buying reviews because they know better. Hence the slight outrage already displayed. But in the wider world I'm sure there are loads of less informed writers who don't realise it's not okay
Everybody knows it's not OK. To think it was OK, you'd have to believe that dishonesty in general is OK. Sure, there are people who think it's OK to be dishonest because "they have to" or whatever, but they're not really so clueless as to believe it's generally considered OK to be dishonest in business.

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« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2015, 07:02:58 PM »
It will generally be more than just saying the same thing, but using rather specific words and phrases to say the same thing. It isn't what is said, but how. Look at sentence structure. Grammar. Diction. The way a reviewer constructs a paragraph. The type of mistakes they make. If you've a mind for such a thing, you can see patterns emerge. Particularly those of us that spent time as English majors or Creative writing majors and spend huge portions of time studying how language is constructed.

I agree with this. I have figured out fake reviews like this before. I spent years  as an admin on an extremely busy forum and I'm very good at picking those who were posting under sock puppet accounts etc or trying to sneakily advertise a business.

Julie, I have to comment on what you said before though about a review talking more about the author than the book - this can happen when readers snap up every book you write and also often interact with you on your facebook page etc. These readers are likely to mention you by name in a review and might even centre their review around how much they like your books.

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« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2015, 07:39:24 PM »
I have to admit that I am a reviewer that only gives five stars, but when I do, it is a book I absolutely love.  I read a few books a week and typically review 10% of what I read.

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« Reply #48 on: November 13, 2015, 08:07:07 PM »

Having said all this, I see tons of authors, me included, with short 4 and 5 star reviews, and I know where they come from. Mailing list launches. When I launch a new title via mailing list, the beta readers, the arc list, and my mailing list tend to review very quickly after launch because they have already read the book days/weeks before.


How did you get your ARC team to work? I read a post from you (don't remember when you made it), where you stated you gave away 100 copies and only 5 people followed through. Very interested in this.

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« Reply #49 on: November 13, 2015, 08:16:44 PM »
Here's the reason I ask...

If Amazon is taking books down and suspending accounts as a consequence of having paid reviews, it would be easy for me to visit Fiverr, buy hundreds of reviews for my competitors and subsequently report them to Amazon. If many authors used that tactic, it would obviously cause chaos.

One of my passions is search marketing. A couple of years ago, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over something called "negative SEO." To wit, you could build bad backlinks (e.g. links from porn sites, med sites, low-quality sites from various country TLDs, networks of "flogs," etc.) for your competitors and watch Google penalize their rankings.*

Google plugged that hole quickly. But many sites were crushed in the organic rankings as a result of nefarious, sociopathic search marketers.

I'd hate to see that happen to self-published authors at Amazon. I assume Amazon is smart enough to refrain from taking books down and suspending accounts for paid reviews. To date, they've focused on blowing away dubious reviews and going after the folks who post them.




* Some search marketing experts claimed negative SEO was impossible. Whether due to lack of testing, lack of data, faith in Google or pure stubbornness, they were wrong.



This is exactly what I say to people who think that Amazon is going to aggressively go after every single author who's books have Fiverr reviews.

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