Paid book reviews are becoming an increasingly common trend as competition increases in the indie publishing world. Where do you stand?
I was unaware that paid reviews are “an increasingly common trend.” (Really? Wow. It seems like such a low priority way to spend a lot of money.) The NY Times article’s subject was about a defunct company that supplied paid book reviews. No matter. I wouldn’t pay for reviews personally. Put aside the moral question for a second: I can’t afford it and I don’t think they work, anyway.
This issue has rolled around the web for the last week. I’ve been so busy with writing and promoting that I haven’t done anything much with it. Initially I wasn’t that bothered about bought reviews. I’d be more upset if I thought all those paid-for reviews made that much difference.
But then I noticed something ugly. Since the article has spread, a sad unintended consequence has risen. I’ve read comments from a bunch of people (potential readers!) saying they never trust any five-star reviews nor will they ever buy indie! But, hey! I earned my five-star reviews! I don’t have many reviews, but I didn’t pay for any. Why the broad brush of discrimination? I’m I to answer for all the crimes of others? I’m an innocent man, dammit! Also? Sheesh!
See what you think at the link. Here’s Ryan Casey’s take…~ Chazz
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