The thrust of your query is somewhat insulting to those who have five star reviews. You imply by your "how do these 5 star reviews continue to exist" that these people have not earned a genuine rating. This is not so.James_Alexander said:OK, so I'm going to show off my "newbie-ness" - that's a new word I just made up, and throw it out there. How is it that when looking at other writer's books, they have a slew of 5 star reviews? Granted, some may be deserved, but honestly, when facing the realities of so many readers out there picking up books for free, there is no way to get all 5 stars. Stephen King has haters out there that post 1 star reviews.
What I don't understand is, Amazon is going through and removing what they decide are fictitious reviews. How do these all 5 star reviews continue to exist? I've had legitimate reviews taken away from me and it seems the only thing that sticks are the negative reviews.
So for all the seasoned veterans out there - please help a new author gain some insight on reviews. Are there any legitimate reviewing communities out there that I am unaware of? Or do I need to do some elaborate dance and pray to the heavens above?
The reality I'm facing is that in order to move any books, I need at least 5, 5 star reviews. The minute I get a 3 star, and 3 stars is decent, I know, it brings down the rating enough that no site would ever feature me.