Terrence, there are over 400 reviews there. Can you be just a LITTLE specific as to what you are referring to? It might also help if you show where King then left a review of the reviewer's book...Terrence OBrien said:Here's a new book byStephen King. Note the four reviews by other authors. Is that considered a swap?
I'm honestly not bothered by that - Atwood, say, doesn't need the money or the publicity back. She just wants to say she likes a book. And if it's good enough for the author of Cat's Eye it's good enough for me.Terrence OBrien said:"Can you be just a LITTLE specific as to what you are referring to?"
1. Go to the referenced page.
2. Scroll down a bit.
3. Note the pics of Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins, Margaret Atwood, and TC Boyle.
4. See short blurb about King's book below each picture.
5. Click on READ MORE below blurb to see full review.
QFT. The problem is that those who are doing it don't give a rat's behind how their actions affect others -- not even their own readers. They want what they want. Those readers might potentially be my readers some day, but the Staneks of the writing world might lose the reader by turning them off from indie authors altogether. I read just this morning a comment from someone in the Amazon forum about how one lousy book by an indie turned her off for good from self-published writers.Monique said:The mini-Staneks with a mere 12-15 sockpuppet reviewers might be fooling some readers (for now), but they're not fooling the rest of us.
It makes me furious that someone would betray readers' trust by creating alternate IDs to give undeserved 5 star reviews to their work. Not to mention that the fallout from that betrayal directly affects my business.
I can only hope that their comeuppance is positively Dickensian.
Meh. Someone like this is either just looking for an excuse, or is trying to stir up melodrama. Just like all the people who SWEAR they'll never shop at Amazon again because this one time... Yeah, right, until the next time they want what they want.kcmay said:I read just this morning a comment from someone in the Amazon forum about how one lousy book by an indie turned her off for good from self-published writers.