Do you buy a book based on a review? Does a good one put you off? Apparently some top-selling authors are so insecure about their books, they have resorted to writing their own fake reviews. What’s so stunning about this is, their books were already selling just fine. But if glowing reviews written on Amazon about their own products wasn’t devilish enough, they had to resort to stabbing their fellow authors in the back.
I do buy books based on reviews, but not always because the review was glowing. If it’s too good to be true, well…maybe it isn’t. I like an honest review. You can learn so much about the book, what the reader takes away from it, another opinion on the subject, and so on. Reviews that simply say, stunning, wonderful, better than white bread..ad nauseam tell me nothing of the book, or why I would want to read it? So why stoop to writing your own review?
Rejection and criticism is hard enough for any writer. Every time something is written, finished, and then published, it’s like putting your child out in front of a crowd to have it torn to shreds. Sometimes that’s hard to get over. What makes it even more hurtful is that fellow writers, who know what it feels like, are doing this to other writers.
Does this mean that all reviews are bogus?What if you know someone and they read your book and write a good review, does this mean that any fan if he has spoken to the author and then writes a review will negate it? I wonder…but this practice of purposely slamming other authors and posting glowing reviews of one owns work is beyond distasteful, it is pitiful.
I am so glad there has been an outcry about this practice. Why lie to the reader about your own book? Why lie to yourself?