(I’ve been writing this post for 2 hours, chicken-pecking at my keyboard because of Salwa, who wants to cuddle. Correction: Either I cuddle her or she cries. lol)
Amazon has recently made some pretty substantial steps to clean up false book reviews. Reviews that are posted by paid companies or individuals–which is NOT good. Getting reviews is really hard for authors, so some authors have resorted to paying “professional” reviewers to share fake reviews on seller platforms like Amazon, which often misrepresented the book, book quality, or storyline.
But here is the problem. This policy also encompasses friends of the author, family of the author, Facebook friends, readers who like their Facebook fan page, or anyone linked to a giveaway regarding reviews. They use complicated algorithms to determine who falls under these categories. So, if I were to offer another giveaway where one or two readers won a print book after dozens of readers enter by posting a review, then ALL of the reviews from that giveaway could be torn down on the grounds that I offered “payment” for the reviews.
As you can see, not all of the reviews possibly targeted by this policy are qualified to be flagged. Especially the reviews posted by Facebook friends, readers who like Facebook fan pages, and giveaways.
Us authors were pretty annoyed at this policy, as it sometimes prevents us from holding giveaways for you guys. And you know how much I like giving you free stuff. Between the Freeby Friday posts from Limitless Publishing, free backgrounds I’ve designed and shared, free printable recipe cards, and free books through my VIP review program, I do my best to share the love as often as I can.
But now, I just have to ask for a favor. My box set for The Stone Legacy Series needs reviews to rise in visibility on Amazon. It’s on preorder now, and will release in two days. I would love to have as many reviews as possible up before it releases so Amazon will share it around on their newsletter–especially since it’ll be just $0.99!
So if you’ve read the series and are willing to share an honest review, here’s the link to do so.
Thank you ahead of time. i really do appreciate it!