After reading Rachel Abbott’s eye-opening post “The Ongoing Saga of the Dodgy Review,” I wanted to leave the following comment but WordPress would not accept my gravatar login:
I am in shock after reading this post of yours. First, though, I am NOT in shock that people write fake reviews for themselves (I did not know the term sock puppets) because I have seen that advised in at least one ebook I bought on Kindle. (Please note that in my brand-new ebook TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF KINDLE I warn against doing this!)
What I am in shock about is authors writing bad reviews for books they perceive as their COMPETITORS! I cannot get my mind around this because authors in the same genre should look at other good authors as collaborators.
In fact, Bonnie B. Latino, Kathleen M. Rodgers, and I have just formed what we call a triad to promote our three experience-based fiction about military spouses — see http://www.phylliszimblermiller.com/triad-us-military-war-novels/
Our premise is that, if someone reads one of our books and enjoys it, the person might be interested in reading the two other books in the same vein.
Okay, enough shock. I do have to share this recent criticism I got for my novel MRS. LIEUTENANT in an otherwise good 4-star review — “One thing I missed in this novel was a separation from thought to thought, story to story etc by *********** or other device. Other than that, layed out very well.”
Putting aside the misspelling of “laid,” each chapter of the novel is entirely from one of the four POVs. And each chapter title includes the name of which of the four women the chapter’s POV is from. Therefore, no *** are needed!
As I said to another author, if we aren’t willing to get negative reviews, we shouldn’t publish our books. But for authors to write mean reviews about other authors’ books! That is beyond my understanding.
I decided to publish my response here on my own blog because I want to help spread the word about this issue to other authors, including the expression “sock puppets,” which I admit I had not heard.
As if being an author does not have enough hurdles, now we have more to be concerned about!
If you have an opinion about this issue, do leave a comment below.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks. A new nonfiction ebook of hers is TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON AND FACEBOOK and her newest fiction ebook is the thriller CIA FALL GUY.
She also has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com