A Penny for Your Review

Or how about 99 pennies? The little nugget from the net below hit my RSS feed today from Gizmodo.com. Authors’ services are now offering reviews. Create Space already has an option to pay for a professional review but unlike that this is for favorable reviews. So much for that whole critical assessment thing. I have often wondered about many of the books with strings of 4 and 5 star reviews. The optimist in me wanted write it off as really positive people being really positive. Knowing those stars didn’t necessarily come cheap helps alleviate my confusion. At the end of the day, I will remember a poorly written book that came caught my eye with a bunch of 5 star reviews more so than one I happened to try on my own. Be wary of what you ask and or pay for.

http://gizmodo.com/5938165/online-book-reviews-are-even-less-reliable-than-you-thought

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About Vincent A. Alascia

Vincent is the author of, "In the Presence of Gods," "Xristos: Chosen of God," and coming soon, "Undead Heart," available on Kindle and paperback, as well as works that have appeared in anthologies and online. Originally an East Coast native, he makes his home in the Phoenix area of Arizona with his wife and three attention grabbing felines. Vincent is an active member of the West Valley Writers' Workshop and an Adult Services librarian at the Maricopa County Library District Northwest Regional Library in Surprise, Arizona.
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One Response to A Penny for Your Review

  1. writerwilke says:

    So sad. Yet another slap in the face of readers who try to actually give honest reviews and authors who are using real, honest marketing tools to get their works known without gaming the system.

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