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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 3:20:04 PM PDT
what are you suggesting?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 6:38:31 PM PDT
"I, as well, gnash my teeth over the same thing. If you think that's bad, Mark, there's the Kirkus Book Review where the author pays ~$500 for a review, but the public, at large, has no idea."

Only self-published authors have to pay a reviewing fee to Kirkus. Prior to setting it up that way they refused to review self-pubbed books at all. In order to make it so they could open up to doing those reviews they had to charge a significant fee or they'd be flooded with hundreds or thousands of books each month. The high fee means only the serious submit their books.

Books from publishers are still reviewed as they always were.

It's also important to note that Kirkus reviews aren't any more biased than any other professional review source. Paying the large fee does not in any way guarantee the book will get a good review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 7:28:50 PM PDT
Amy says:
I noticed your post. I think its hard to go by reviews. Too many people have friends and relatives posting the 5 star reviews. I have no friends and no relatives and I don't have any reviews:(. Sometimes a good book is hidden beneath the cover and too many people often trust the review and buy the book with the stars, its a shame. I like the hidden author, the little man waiting to be discovered.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 7:59:30 PM PDT
I have to agree with what some have said about the difficulty for self-published authors to get reviews. I self-published my first novel and had a hard time finding people to review it. I finally got four blogs to agree to review it, but it is still sitting in their massive "to be read" piles. As a result, several of the reviews I have are from people that I know or have met (that is how I have sold several of the books.) Would I consider these "shill" reviews? Maybe. But I stressed to them the importance of being honest in their reviews because I can only learn what I need to improve by constructive criticism. There is one other author whose book I reviewed who has said that he will review mine. Once again, I'm not expecting or asking for a good one, just an honest one. If anyone has any other ideas on how to get some reviews, I am all ears!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 7:59:58 PM PDT
Alan McTeer says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 8:00:18 PM PDT
Alan McTeer says:
Opinions are like ass h*** everyone has one. 5 star ratings are rare and hard to come by. Possably it just wasn't your thing. Have you had anything published?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 8:19:11 PM PDT
5-star reviews are not rare. And they don't seem hard to come by for some authors who do self reviews under their own name or another name, buy reviews, get their friends and families to write reviews or review trade with other authors.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 4:03:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2012 4:14:36 AM PDT
Splinker says:
And sometimes there is a reason the hidden author stays hidden. Not directed at any particular author.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 11:45:58 AM PDT
You must have self published a poorly received book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 2:12:00 PM PDT
"5 star ratings are rare and hard to come by."

You're making a funny, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 2:33:03 PM PDT
Considering the rest of his post, my guess would be no.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 4:53:56 AM PDT
Splinker says:
As with my romantic interludes, if they want to fake it, i'm happy to believe it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 5:15:25 AM PDT
Sometimes, being a fantasy writer has its benefits, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 5:18:42 AM PDT
Splinker says:
My motto is "Lie to me, baby"
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