Monday, September 10, 2012

Buying Book Review Poll

First off I'd like to thank everyone for naming the world's newest Supervillianess. With Commando Cuddle on the loose no lap is safe from being plundered. And all the cries of “Don't tread on me!” won't stop her from treading.

On to the next poll:

There has been a lot of talk about buying book reviews and using false names to give competition lower reviews.

I have a confession to make. I gave my minions a can of tuna to give my books good reviews. This would have been more effective if they: A) could write. B) had a computer. That would have been a waste of a buck if they didn't pay me back in hugs.

As far giving the competition bad reviews through fake names. I've been tempted to make a bunch of fake accounts and tell that hack William Shakespeare: Enough with the Iambic Pentameter already. And, When are you going to write something new? But A) I'm too lazy. B) With millions of books out even if you keep someone from reading one book you've only changed your odds to 1 in 999,999 that a person will read yours.

There is being an unethical business-person, and then there is being a shitty person. Trashing someone's work for a tiny increase in the odds, is using unethical business practices to justify being a shitty person. Not the greatest justification.

So how do you rate fake reviews?

A) 16 stars out of 5
B) 1 Brown Dwarf Star
C)Negative Infinity
D) Couldn't Care Less

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE

1 comment:

Stephanie Barr said...

Not to mention stupid. People might check out the no-name reviews of a book they're interested in, but they're more likely to be interested because they (a) saw it and like what they saw, (b) like the author, or (c) a friend recommended it to them.

A friend trumps no-name reviews. And no amount of glowing fake reviews will make your book a success. For that, real people have to read it, like it and tell their friends. (Psst, and hyper negative reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt anyway).

Even so, people who stoop to that are pond scum.

On a completely different note, the other day, the "prove you're not a robot" sign that's supposed to be a number was a lightning bolt (like on a warning sign). I wonder what I should type for that.