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I take it back. Authors actually will offer to pay reviewers


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Initial post: Apr 30, 2012 8:44:11 AM PDT
Chandler says:
I have always said that no author or company would ever offer money for a review on Amazon.

I can't say that anymore. It just happened.

The author of the Milo Regimen just wrote me and said I'd get ten bucks if I posted a five star review.

Not an honest review

Not "Can I send you my book?"

But ten smackarois to say I love it

Sight unseen.

In my nearly 3 years at number one this is the first time anyone ever asked for a paid review so I have to think this can't be a good book or it's just a very unusual business model.

With loads of people happy to review any product at no cost if they actually read and like the item , I can't understand this.

While I get offered books all the time, cash is a first.

Obviously you will never see my review for this item. I said no, I don't do this.

Anyone else get this request? I was curious as to how much money they put aside to get people to find it a great read.

You can't believe in your product if you have to pay off people to enjoy it. Most authors write and say if I'd just read their book I'd love it.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:19:24 AM PDT
Chandler says:
So I write and say "I can't do this"

I thought he'd feel ashamed. Instead he writes back:

"But why not?"

The answer is so obvious I'll let him figure that out on his own.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:42:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 9:51:20 AM PDT
And he never even offered a copy of the product? I think that I would be tempted to report that guy to Amazon. It's only a matter of time before he finds a highly ranked reviewer willing to play ball with him.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:53:44 AM PDT
Wandrwoman says:
If he hasn't already..... perhaps the reason for his surprise?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:59:22 AM PDT
did you forward to amazon?

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:01:01 AM PDT
If I found the right book then it still doesn't have any reviews.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:15:07 AM PDT
J. Faulk says:
Author Alex Wolstencroft is only 22 and dedicated to working out and martial arts--NOT a book person or an Amazon familiar. So he has no clue that he is in-violation: indeed the book is only 44 pages (but yikes! $9.99; presume he will provide a free copy; coming soon on Kindle).

Surely his Progressive Resistance/Overload concept will provide nothing new. Although he may strike one as amateur, he provides a site address that ties in to expensive diet, supplement, gear, and mag sources. Maybe this "amateur" is actually quite a businessman.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 10:19:25 AM PDT
"So he has no clue that he is in-violation:"

Really, you don't think the idea of paying someone to give you a good review without even reading your book- should strike a person as hinky and morally wrong, even among the most clueless of people?

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:33:04 AM PDT
Brent Butler says:
Counter offer at 10 grand.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 10:37:00 AM PDT
OutlawPoet says:
If he's offering to pay you $10.00 to review a $9.99 book, then I think he just has no idea how to send you a free PDF. Granted, that doesn't address the whole if you post a five star review thing...

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:55:09 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:00:46 AM PDT
Post his offer in abb in the romance forum, they will eat him alive LOL

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:01:12 AM PDT
OutlawPoet says:
LOL - so much for benefit of the doubt. My temptations would be:

1) Report to Amazon
2) More satisfying, but probably oh, so wrong, would be to simply post the entire contents of his e-mail into a review on the book's page.

LOL - like I said, it's not right, but I'd be soooo very tempted. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:07:04 AM PDT
How is it not right? He put it in writing, if it were me this would be everywhere LOL, which is probably why I don't get these offers, oh.. and not being the number one reviewer of course!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:23:32 AM PDT
Chandler says:
His use of punctuation tells me why he needs to pay off reviewers.

You'd think he would just offer to mail the book free if he believed in his work.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:26:15 AM PDT
I really bothers me that he thinks that this is SOP:

"Im sure Im not the first person whos offered to pay you for a good amazon review."

I wonder how many other Amazon customers and authors think that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:43:52 AM PDT
Well, he does offer it that way to some of us:

Hello Mr. Ross, I was hoping you could review my book.

It's Called The Milo Regimen and its a strength training program.
The Milo Regimen: The Ultimate Strength Training Program

*I can send the pdf right away if your interested.

thanks,
Alex

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:47:12 AM PDT
Chandler says:
Which proves he DOES know he can send a PDF and how to do it. And also proves he uses words like "your" rather than "you're" which means those who accept may have some suffering to do over and beyond not getting offered beer money.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:53:26 AM PDT
H. P. says:
Evidently the market value of a review from the #1 reviewer is $10 more than the market value of a review from the mere #99 reviewer...

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 11:59:53 AM PDT
Brent Butler says:
OutlawPoet's idea of everyone who got his letter submitting a one star review with the contents of the letter is an appealing thought. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:05:24 PM PDT
I think I deserved at least a dime, Hank. :)

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:16:20 PM PDT
I just got this email from him:

"Hello, Im sure Im not the first person whos offered to pay you for a good
amazon review :)

I need a review for my book The Milo Regimen:
The Milo Regimen: The Ultimate Strength Training Program

So how much would you charge for this review?

*I can give you the pdf of the book so you dont have to buy it.

thanks,
Alex"

Looks like he's open to negotiating the price now.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:19:32 PM PDT
Sheila (NJ) says:
Maybe he is really doing a physiological study. He is offering some people a set amount, some people nothing and some he is willing to negotiate the price for the review. He can gather some interesting data with that approach.

If HK got your open ended offer, how much do you think she will charge?

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:20:04 PM PDT
NLA says:
"Looks like he's open to negotiating the price now."

Quick, someone get this guy HK's email address!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:24:13 PM PDT
Chandler says:
Hey Tim got the big offer. He gets to SET his price.

You da man!

I'm guessing he changes up what he says based upon responses he gets back. Maybe someone else said "you can buy my ethics at $20 but not $10" for example so he changed his tune.

Now one has several options....I accept opting out of this one.

Did all his relatives and friends not want to promote the book? I mean, ethics is of no issue here so that's odd.
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