Elizabeth Parker Books

Elizabeth Parker Books
Author of books about dogs and thrillers

Monday, November 5, 2012

What? People Buying Reviews?


Do people really do this?  Since becoming an author, one thing I've noticed in forums, on comments, in the news and even on reviews is that there is 'hype' that some authors— indie or traditional—buy reviews.  Even worse, there are also rumors that some authors will PAY to have bad reviews put on OTHER author's books or purposely write bad reviews on another's book to bring that book's ratings down! 

I sincerely hope that is not true, but had to comment.

My question is this- WHY?!!  As an indie author, I can say either you'll like my books or you won't.  There's no need to buy reviews and I certainly wouldn't stoop to buy reviews that badmouth another author.   That is simply awful!

In the wide world of books while, yes, there are competitors, I don't know anyone who will ONLY read books from ONE author.  If  you like thrillers, wouldn't you read any author's thriller as long as it looked appealing?  Is the general public just going to sit around and wait for their one favorite author to write another book without checking out other authors?  As an avid reader, I can tell you that there is no way I would just sit and wait. I'll read books by other writers without a problem, as long as I like their style.  There's no need to crush a fellow author. 

So, that being said, I find it important enough to repeat.  There's no need to smash the competition.  Since I've been writing, I've met other authors who write of the same genre I do and their work is amazing.  You can bet that I've given them a great review if I enjoyed their books. I would never badmouth them just to direct readers my way.  

And buy reviews? I don't know any author who does this and if this truly happens, then that is just too bad.  Either someone is going to like your work or they won't.  I'll be honest- I love getting a good review, (and sometimes sulk a little over the bad), but I read them, try to learn from them and move on.  It's just bad sportsmanship, for lack of a better term, to sabotage another author or falsely build yourself up.

Do friends and relatives write reviews?  Of course, some might and why shouldn't they if they are honest?  And most that I know are pretty candid.  They can also be pretty straightforward when a book has mistakes.  I've had other authors send me painful (but necessary) lists of edits that needed to be made to my books.  It's just the way it is—especially in the beginning.  Without an editor, errors can easily happen.

So one promise I can make is that I'll never buy reviews- good or bad.  If you're another author and I love your book, I'm giving a review!  And if you're receptive to constructive criticism, I'm happy to forward you any errors I've come across.

Thanks for listening!

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