I go with isn't, since from the day D. Brimson started his thread I have seen no evidence. Not one shred of proof. His reasoning:
I'll do it when I'm ready.
I have a life. (After which he proceeds to tell us all the exciting things he's doing. I'm so thrilled.)
You'll see. (This one terrifies me. Okay, maybe not terrifies. More like makes me break out into peals of laughter.)
Here is the thread that started it all:
The only thing you will find out when reading that thread is that Dougie is a sensitive lad, and that I am the mastermind behind every poster on the thread who disagrees with him. (Maybe I'll start a Laughing at the Ridiculous Mafia.)
Now let me be frank. (No, I'm not changing my name. The other kind of frank.)
1 ~ I am only me. I have no sock puppets, though I do have a drawer full of socks and multiple puppets. But I wear the socks and let my students play with the puppets.
I did open a second account when I got my Kindle, because I had the bright idea that I would keep my Kindle purchases separate from my regular purchases. I posted about three times, but being the naive sock puppet that I am, I told the people in the thread who I was. We call outing oneself: Sock Puppet Fail! I gave up on that account and cannot remember the user name nor password. Poor sock puppet, so lonely.
2 ~ Dougie accused me of writing nasty, vindictive reviews. The only problem with that accusation (aside from its being false) is that I have never written an Amazon review. I have never written a Goodreads review. I have never written a review, per se.
I have talked about a few books on my blog, books that I really liked. For instance, I read Eiffel's Tower and blogged about different aspects of the World's Fair and the Eiffel Tower, because it was that fascinating. But regular reviews? Nope. Never done it.
3 ~ I do not use my real name for various and sundry reasons, mostly concerning safety. I think it's wise to do this. Dougie thinks people should only be allowed to review under their real name. Why? I don't know. He doesn't really say. The only reason I can think of is so that the person can be harassed by the author.
Now I don't believe there is such a thing as a review mafia. But if someone has evidence, please present it so we can see what we think. And please know, a negative review is not evidence of a review mafia. It is evidence that someone didn't like your book for some reason(s). Not liking a review does not a mafia make.
In my next post I will discuss another thing I see happening that could cause more friction between authors and readers.
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