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"People keep leaving one star reviews on my book, saying they'll never buy or read it because it's self-published. Isn't that against Amazon's terms of service? People shouldn't be allowed to leave reviews on books they never bought."


I agree. It shouldn't matter how the book was published. The book is published. Period. If you change your reviews based on how the book is published, then you are not leaving an honest review on any book you review. Your trade published reviews will end up harsher than needs be and your self published reviews will be watered down. Reviewers should pick a standard and use it for all their reviews regardless of how the book was published.

I've seen reviews on books that "accused" the book of being self-published when in fact it was published by a little heard of imprint of one of the Big Five. Kind of funny really.

I suppose my thoughts are: Why does it matter how the book got out there? Trade house, indie press, vanity press, self published, carrier pigeon... it doesn't matter - it is published, now it has to sink or swim just like every other book out there regardless of how it got published.

I remember once, a reader said to me that they felt bad that I "had to self-publish" my books.

LOL!

They said how they went out of their way to give self-pubbed books higher reviews than they deserved, because they hoped it would help the authors to get "picked up" by publishing houses.

0.o

Oh dear.

Here's the thing.


I've been a published author since 1978. Many of my self-pubbed books today, are actually reprints of my older out-of-print trade pubbed books. They are books that I wrote 30+ years ago and were published traditional, originally. The REASON they were self-published is because -

  • #1 Readers requested the books be brought back in print
  • #2  the average publishing house pays a 4% royalty on reprints of long out-of-print books and self-pubbed I get a 70% royalty.

I think what bothered me about what that reader had said was that they were assuming the ONLY reason to self-publish was because you were not good enough to trade publish, therefore they had a sense of needing to pity the poor self-published author.

Okay, they had good intentions (I think) but the attitude of "oh poor self pubbed author" is kind of condescending and makes me feel like they think we are little lost puppies that need a pat on the head and be tossed a bone.

I mean, think about it: how would you like it if you were the owner of a "ethnic/minority" mini-mart and your customers only bought from you instead of the 7-11 because they thought you were inferior and they wanted to make you feel better. I mean, really stop and think about how mean, bigoted, racist, snide, arrogant, condescending, hateful, and hurtful that really is. 

How would it make you feel if you were a minority race and owned a store and someone came up to you and said they felt bad that you were born a minority and they wanted to make you feel better about not being white like them, and that's the only reason they shop at your store?

Can you see how absolutely mean and hateful that "good deed" really is?

So I ask, how is THAT any different from the people who leave good reviews on self-pubbed books just to make the author feel better about having to have suffered through being self-published?

It isn't. 

I think people need to get the "suffering/starving artist" mentality out of their heads. A lot of self-pubbed authors have bigger incomes then trade pubbed ones. They aren't exactly suffering from having been "forced" to self published.

Leaving a fake 5 star review, just because the author was self-pubbed and you felt bad about them not getting a trade pubbed contract is just as mean and hurtful as leaving a 1 star review that lashes out your hatred of self-pubbed authors. Sugar coating a prejudice, doesn't make it any less of a prejudice. In fact, by sugar coating it, all you do is prove to the world you are arrogant and letting your  ego fly high, saying "Look at me, I'm doing a good deed by giving this poor little piece of crap a tidbit, see how great I am for showering my rays of uber greatness on this worthless piece of trash."

A fake review is a fake review, no matter how many stars you put on it. 

I wish more readers would just review the book and leave thoughts of how the book was published out of it. It's not their job to judge an author's motives for self-publishing. Likewise reviews are not a podium to bash every self-pubbed book you see, or praise every self-pubbed book just to promote the indie movement. Reviews are not the place for agendas. 

I think part of the problem is that there are way too many authors out there who think the review systems are a place to get promotions. Too many authors are screaming "give me good reviews, pat me on the back and tell me how great I am".

Authors are forgetting one VERY IMPORTANT fact: reviews are written by READERS for READERS.

  • A review is not a place to say: "Hey author, I love/hate your bo
  • A review is not a place to say: "Hey author, I love/hate you"
  • A review is not a place to say: "I love/hate all self-pubbed books and this book is why."

Reviews are a place to tell other readers: "Hey, to all my fellow readers, I read this book and here's what I thought about it, here's why I liked/did not like the plot/story/characters/flow/etc and why I think you should/shouldn't read it...followed by 500+ words on the story, the characters, the plot, etc."

Reviews are for READERS not authors. I wish more authors (and even more readers) knew that.

Ah, but it is AGAINST both Amazon's and GoodReads (who is owned by Amazon) ToS for ANY author to leave a review on the book of another author. Authors are simply NOT ALLOWED to write book reviews.

AT ALL.

PERIOD.

So the ONLY way for an author to retaliate and leave fake reviews, is to violate the ToS of the review site itself.

Authors can and do have ALL of their books banned and deleted off Amazon if Amazon catches them leaving reviews on books on either Amazon or GoodReads.

If your book receives a review (good or bad) from a fellow author, that author is in violation of the ToS they had to sign and agree to when they joined either Amazon or GoodReads and by retaliating, they have tricked you into violating those ToS as well.

Perhaps the problem is too many authors publish on Amazon and join GoodReads without ACTUALLY READING the terms of service they signed and agreed to at the time they joined?

IMPORTANT: Amazon will at best delete your review, at worst delete your account AND the author's account AND all of her books. 

Friends, family, and acquaintances (including fans who have friended the author on FaceBook) are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN from reviewing an author's book and Amazon is very vigilant in tracking ISPN of reviewers to enforce that ToS.

You as a reader agreed to those terms when you joined Amazon as a buyer (and GoodReads which is owned by Amazon) and the author agreed to not ask friends or family for reviews when they signed their contract with Amazon to publish.

Short answer: Don't review her book at all. It's against ToS.

But, if a book is getting a lot of 1 star reviews (real ones, not fake ones intended to malign the author) what should you do? What do I do? I unpublish the book, rewrite it if needs be, have it re-edited, have it reformatted, etc. Depending on what it needs. Then republish it

I once uploaded the wrong draft to a book. It DID get published with the unedited draft instead of the finished manuscript. In that case it was a simply fix. All I had to do was reupload the correct file.

I see my books as forever a work in progress that can always use improvement no matter how good I think they are. I do strive to put up my best work, and if there is a problem, I do go back into the manuscript and fix the problem then upload the corrected file. It's our job as authors to constantly improve our work. If our work from 5 years ago was shoddy and very below our current work, it is our responcability to go back and fix the old works to bring them up to the standrads of our current work. Our readers deserve our best work. 


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Top 202 Most Viewed Pages Of 2017 So Far
(Out of 10,000 pages)

(January 2017 to October 2017)
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  1. Amphibious Aliens: The Story of Etiole & The World's Most Haunted Car
  2. The GoldenEagle: An Auto-biography of the World's Most Haunted Car
  3. Medieval Servants: Their jobs and their place in historical fiction.
  4. How Long is 50,000 Words?
  5. On being a handicapped CosPlayer at PortCon Maine 2017
  6. Stephen King's The Thinner and The Gypsies Of Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  7. Writing Mute Characters
  8. Flamboyant Nipples: The KKK's New Gay Hating Site About Old Orchard Beach | The Site That Makes Fun of Terrorist Hate Crimes
  9. Writing Dares Random Generator
  10. Don't put flyers on people's cars...
  11. The Saco River Curse
  12. Our Primary Site Topic Is Small Penis? Reaching #1 on Page 1 of Google.
  13. Help FBI End Anti-Gay White Power Terrorist Attacks of Old Orchard Beach
  14. Creating Character Profiles | Meet The Characters | Who Is Quaraun?
  15. Introduction To The Quaraun Series: aka Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach
  16. The Dazzling Razzberry aka EelKat's Autism Awareness Car
  17. Autism, Asperger, PTSD, & Mad Cow: Writing Clinical Insanity Accurately | What is wrong with Quaraun? 
  18. Quaraun Free To Read Online Complete Chapter Index In Chronological Order
  19. Necromancy: Fact Vs Fiction; Or How Can You Be A Necromancer In Real Life?
  20. 600 Pages: Epic Big Super Sized Novels and Why You Should Never Write One
  21. Why Crude Adult Comedy and Pink Humor Yaoi Is Not Erotica
  22. The FBI In Old Orchard Beach, Maine Trying To Capture A Domestic Terrorist
  23. One Gypsy's Review of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
  24. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 1 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  25. Autism, Asperger's, And The Danger of The Self-Diagnosis
  26. Spell Casting Side Effects: Magic In Quaraun's Universe | Author Interview
  27. What Type of Music Does A Gypsy Listen To? My Top 10 Favorite Bands
  28. Beware of White Men In Gypsy Clothing: Fake Psychic Scams
  29. How long does it take to hit 1667 words?
  30. How to Write A Kiss
  31. Phookas
  32. Creating Character Profiles | Meet The Characters | Who Is GhoulSpawn?
  33. Albino Races - Moon Elves In The Quaraun Series
  34. Daily Writing Prompts (June 2017 Archive)
  35. My 30th Anniversary of Being Transgender
  36. Why Are The Quaraun Books Rated M18+
  37. How to Write Hot Sex - Tips For Erotic Romance Authors
  38. The Zaharam-Chapelle-Parunas Ethnographical World Building Questionnaire
  39. The Jiggler & The G-String Teddy Bears | The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane
  40. What exactly makes an Elf an Elf? (What is the definition of an Elf?)
  41. Online Income: The Reality vs The Fantasy
  42. World's Most Haunted Car Merchandise
  43. I Am Not GhoulSpawn | Excerpt From Rose Garden of The Pink Necromancer
  44. Old Orchard Beach Hate Crimes
  45. BoomFuzzy Chapter 1 (Novel Excerpt - Quaraun The Insane)
  46. How can your books have gay transvestite characters and not be Erotica? or Why are gay haters beating up elderly woman for wearing pink for breast cancer awareness and saying she's a transexual because only transexuals wear pink?
  47. EelKat's Guide To NaNoWriMo Featuring The 13 Step Method To Writing
  48. Autism and the Stigmas - Why Can’t You Accept Me As Me?
  49. Maine UFO Sightings
  50. Page 11 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - The Scottish Traveller Crime Family
  51. Psychedelics In A 'High' High Fantasy World (High Elves Getting High)
  52. KBoards, The NaNoWriMo ML Rumor & The Vindictive Stalker
  53. Writing Racist Characters VS The Ku Klux Klan In Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  54. Captured By The Lich Lord | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  55. How To Build A Magic System
  56. I've everything but a kitchen sink. Wait, how'd that sink get in my pocket?
  57. Stephen King's Thinner Gypsies & The Ku Klux Klan of Old Orchard Beach
  58. Autistic Characters In Fiction
  59. City of The Slushies | Chapter 7 | Quaraun The Insane
  60. Manuscript Reading Services or Will You Read My Book and Tell Me What You Think?
  61. Suicide, Rape, and Abuse In The Quaraun Series
  62. Wizards vs Witches vs Sorcerers: How are they different? | Writing Fantasy Books
  63. FRED: Google's Most Deadly Update Ever?
  64. How To Write A Novel: Question Everything Before Putting It In Your World
  65. Content writing: How long do you spend creating a quality blog post?
  66. SBI: To Review or Not to Review? That Is The Question
  67. Twerking Dragons: The Joys Of Writing A Novel With A Voice Recorder
  68. A Day At Witch Pond & Fleeing To The Forest | Summoner of Darkness
  69. Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, or Intersex: What Is Quaraun?
  70. Sheep | GhoulSpawn The Crazed & The Rose Garden of The Pink Necromancer
  71. Colour Magic - Gypsy Style
  72. Ideas, Ideas, Ideas (Where Do You Get Them?)
  73. Keywords & Pigeons: How I Do Local Business Marketing
  74. Quaraun & Autism In Fantasy Novels
  75. The Signs Of Old Orchard Beach & The FBI Investigation Of The Town Hall
  76. Tom Addams & The Warrior's Forum
  77. A Field of Poppies On The Road To Witch Pond | Summoner of Darkness
  78. An Elf and a Lich in the Gingerbread Pit | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  79. Markiplier Jacksepticeye and Pewdiepie Play Resident Evil 7
  80. Santa Claus: Lich Of The North Pole (Includes NSFW 18+ CBT Yaoi scene)
  81. A Motorhome named 'No Hurry' becomes Rosebud & The Story of Ten Kidnapped Cats
  82. Create Original Content aka I Hate Jackass Gutter Scum Thieves
  83. Lost In a Space That Isn't There: Going North To Head South
  84. An Elf Gone Mad: The Rise of The Pink Necromancer
  85. Aspergers is NOT Autism
  86. Is The Quaraun Series Erotica? - No! Here's why...
  87. Summoner of Darkness: GhoulSpawn and Quaraun Trapped With A Phooka
  88. The Dungeon Master & The 1974 AMC Gremlin
  89. The Lich's True Form Revealed | The Night of The Screaming Unicorn
  90. Using work you already started for national novel writing month?
  91. World-building In The Quaraun Series: Creating a Fantasy World
  92. Books in Vacationland 2017
  93. BoomFuzzy's Gingerbread House From Hell
  94. Lets Playing Is No Longer Fun
  95. Santa's Floating Dead Body | A Scene From The Summoner of Darkness
  96. The Banshee Sisters: Bean-Nighe and Ben-Neeyah In the Swamp of Death
  97. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 2 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  98. What vlogging equipment is needed to get started as a YouTube vlogger?
  99. April 2015 Update: Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach: The Kidnapped Cats
  100. Betta Fish Aesthetic on Pinterest
  101. Domain Name Branding: Should You Put Your Brand Name In Your URL?
  102. Life As A YouTuber: How To Earn An Income From Making Videos
  103. Making YouTube Videos: How did you decide what content to make?
  104. Page 4 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  105. Twighilight Not Twilight
  106. YouTube Index
  107. Amphibious Aliens: My health since the stroke and Etiole . . .
  108. Are You A Satan Worshiper?
  109. Average Typing Speed
  110. Custom Leggings - Designs By EelKat
  111. Ernest Hemingway Style of Writing Literary Fiction Used In Epic Fantasy Novels
  112. Google Flagged Your Site! What To Do? (Help For Web Masters)
  113. How valuable is a writer’s group?
  114. Lives Destroyed: Amphibious Aliens 10th Anniversary Update
  115. Lost In a Space That Isn't There: Santa's Letter To Satan
  116. Summoner of Darkness: Quaraun Meets The Gremlin
  117. The Terrorists of Old Orchard Beach Put My Dad In a Coma
  118. Using Yahoo Answers to promote your book and author website.
  119. What Is This Site?
  120. You Stole My Idea - I was writing a book, but you already wrote it 10 years ago!
  121. City of The Slushies | Chapter 1 | Quaraun The Insane
  122. Creative Writing Story Prompts: September 2017 Edition
  123. Dungeons and Dragons: The Joys Of Calculating Gold Weight In AD&D 2ed
  124. Fabric Designed By EelKat
  125. My Fave YouTubers Play: Dream Daddy - The Yaoi Dad Dating Sim Otome Game
  126. Necromancy: How will resurrection affect society as a whole?
  127. Page 7 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  128. Pink Flowers Aesthetic on Pinterest
  129. The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach - page 12 (Online Release of Banned Book)
  130. What will a traveler encounter on the roads in your world?
  131. Are you insane? Am I? Let's Find Out...
  132. Becoming A Better Writer: How to write interesting dialogue.
  133. Character Creation
  134. Copper Cockeral Cards & Gifts
  135. Elves, Drugs, and Opium: A Look At The Drug Use In The Quaraun Books
  136. How To Stay Motivated To Write | Writing Fantasy Books
  137. Jewelry Fashions in Moon Elf Culture | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  138. Keyword Marketing - What to do when your best keywords are low demand
  139. Magic Systems and How to Build Them | Writing Fantasy Books
  140. NaNoWriMo Overachievers: How did you do it?
  141. Quaraun Cover Art Gallery | Fantasy Novel Book Cover Art
  142. Quaraun The Insane : Zebulon's Captive: The Last of The Moon Elves
  143. SEO Advantages of Embedding YouTube Videos On Your Website
  144. Summoner of Darkness: A Tavern Scene - Chastity Cages, and Whores
  145. Summoner of Darkness: The Return of ZooLock (free to read online)
  146. Twighlight Not Twilight Part 2
  147. Vanishing Books Update - Why 27 of my books were deleted off Amazon
  148. What is a God in Your Universe? | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  149. Writing Maine: How To Write About Maine Life Accurately
  150. What the Ocean Gives Me (How Things In Your Life Affect Your Writing)
  151. City of The Slushies | Chapter 14 | Quaraun The Insane
  152. February 10, 2008 - Harassment Continues in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  153. How does a bestselling book become a bestseller?
  154. Marriage in Moon Elf Culture | World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
  155. People are not interested in long winded copy
  156. September 26, 2017 - The Latest Attack By The KKK on The Thinner Gypsies
  157. Spending Money To Make Money Online? Should You Do It?
  158. Summoner of Darkness: The Demon Cultists and The Coming of The Darkness
  159. Summoner of Darkness: The Map of The Town (novel free to read online)
  160. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY | Completionist Run: Episode 01
  161. Trespassers: April 2007 Updates
  162. Turning Scenes, Into Stories & Writing Travelogue Style Fantasy Books
  163. Where To Get Endless Ideas For Short Stories, Novels, and Articles
  164. Writing Controversial Books: Political Correctness & White Supremacists
  165. Are Bad Reviews Good For You?
  166. Branding Yourself While Avoiding The Scams | EelKat On Content Writing
  167. Child Sacrifice in Fantasy Novels | Writing Fantasy Books
  168. How to Handle Writing Fantasy-Horror That Features Violence Against Children
  169. How would you explain your Fantasy world to a stranger?
  170. Page 6 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  171. Summoner of Darkness: HellBorne The Evil, Lord of Black Tower
  172. The return of Friends Are Forever - Banned and Burned it's about to be reborn!
  173. Why do Lovecraftian beings come to earth?
  174. Writing Prompts Syndrome?
  175. Autism = The Crazy Cat Woman of Maine
  176. Autism: Understanding what is really going on inside the child’s head.
  177. But what exactly IS a full time income?
  178. Content Marketing & writing: How I write content for my website
  179. Do you write a novel start-to-finish?
  180. GhoulSpawn and The Lich Lord's Lover: How To Kill a Lich
  181. How is it that the church leaders are claiming you do not pay tithes?
  182. How To Write A Novel: In what order do you create your world?
  183. I loved my children but I loved BoomFuzzy more | From Quaraun The Insane
  184. My Two Favorite People: FarDarrig and The Baby That Never Should Have Been
  185. Need help writing characters of color | EelKat on racist white readers
  186. Quaraun and the Amazon Adult Filter
  187. Quaraun GhoulSpawn and The Lich Lord's Lover: The Lover's Triangle
  188. Summoner of Darkness: Where Are You Hiding That Horse?
  189. Tired of people who don’t care. :( Tired of the harassment. :(
  190. What would happen if an Elf adopted a Human baby? | Writing Fantasy Books
  191. Page 10 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  192. Page 3 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  193. Page 8 - The Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach
  194. SCRIPT FRENZY 2010: I WON! & Psycho Stalker Attacks
  195. Wristlets, Wrist Bags, Mini Clutch, Cosmetic Bags, and Designer Mini Purses
  196. Writing Your Novel: Do you save chapters as individual files?
  197. Are old AD&D adventures still any use to current players?
  198. Autistics Have Feelings Too & Diverse Books Rant
  199. Be True To You: YouTube Gamers: "Faking" a personality until you make it?
  200. City of The Slushies | Chapter 10 | Quaraun The Insane
  201. HEA in Erotica (Should You Write Happily Ever Afters?)
  202. Stephen King's Thinner Gypsies



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