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Should authors respond to positive reviews?
April 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

reading There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. Personally, I enjoy when an author leaves a comment on one of my reviews. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way, especially if the remarks don’t feel spammy. Rather, the author seemed to appreciate that you took the time to read their book and write a review for...

Margo Howard takes up New Republic’s anti-Amazon banner, disses Vine club for daring to review her
October 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Author entitlement is a wonderful thing. Just by putting pen to paper, you can be forgiven for child abuse. Stalking. Abusing your readers. Grumpy-catting when you can't get the recognition and validation you paid for. Especially in your own mind. Apparently it's all part of that miraculous creative process. So welcome Margo Howard as today's star turn in authorial over-self-entitlement. (Is that a word? Sorry, English language, but it sure is an accurate description.) Aided and abetted, as these cases so often are, by a paranoid conspiracy theory - which is given added credence and visibility, in this instance, because it...

Horror writers join anti Amazon bullying push
March 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

Horror writers are made of stern stuff, you'd think. But apparently they find online bullying as creepy as anyone. The Horror Writers Association (HWA) ( has just added its voice to the series of calls on Amazon to end aggressively negative - and anonymous - reviewing online. Under the HWA's own very atmospheric online banner, it looks like "Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore ... anonymity'." In the form of a "Public Letter to Jeff Bezos, CEO,," the call, attributed to Rocky Wood, President, states that: "We are writing to bring to your attention the fact that Amazon’s customer review policy does...

Removing anonymity isn’t the answer for negative reviews
March 8, 2014 | 4:07 pm

Chris Meadows wrote about Anne Rice and other authors signing a petition asking Amazon to do take care of forum trolls. There are people who want Amazon reviewers to write under their real full name when giving reviews. News sites have transitioned to do this in comments sections, making people sign up with Facebook to leave comments. But that hasn’t stopped people from being rude or nasty. As I was lurking through the Amazon forums, I came upon a thread where reviewers discussed why they didn’t like the idea of taking away their anonymity. The reasons ranged from keeping their interests...

Getting back to writing honest — not just good — reviews
September 24, 2013 | 11:55 am

When did we stop writing negative reviews? I am not talking about degrading a writer, but being critical of their work. Again, not to the point of bashing and putting someone down. But reviewing someone’s work with truthfulness whether that be good or bad. For the second time in what feels as many weeks, a writer has said they will not review a book they do not like. They will only review a book they have enjoyed. That feels like a half effort. The books you do not like deserve reviews as well. I understand it can be a tough world with retaliation...

Amazon Reviews and The Wisdom of the Mob
January 23, 2013 | 3:33 pm

  By Brian Howard It’s official. The old trope “There’s no such thing as bad press” can be retired. For good. Witness the campaign against Randall Sullivan’s Michael Jackson bio Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson. As reported in The New York Times, Sullivan’s book focuses on the superstar’s last years and, despite being characterized as a generally sympathetic look at Jackson, has come under siege by a group of fans who take issue with some of the book’s statements. And so they launched a flotilla of mostly anonymous one-star reviews seemingly aimed at not just discrediting the book, but killing it. As the barriers to publication...

Amazon to fight iPhone via phone-enabled Kindle? Why the mike in the K3?
August 1, 2010 | 7:14 pm

Amazon video - NOT impartial review Did Amazon tuck away a microphone in the Kindle 3 with the idea of adding a phone option later, not just for possible fun with a voice navigation option? That’s my guess, after having read Andrys Basten’s mention of the “’not currently enabled microphone provided for future use.’” A phone option for the Kindle would be Jeff Bezos’s way to weaken the iPhone’s multi advantage. Yes, maybe just one gizmo to tote after all---the K machine rather than an iPhone. Perhaps you would pay extra for a wireless connection that worked with the phone. Presto! New...

How to abuse Amazon reviews: let your PR agency be your shill
June 1, 2010 | 9:26 am

shill.jpgThat's the thrust of an article in The Cincinnati Beacon which found that Rachel Friedman, a public relations agent, has written 72 reviews: Ever read a book review on that was so rah-rah and uncritical that you wondered if the reviewer might have connections to the author or publisher? That’s what happened to us recently. A few mouse clicks later, we found ourselves asking serious questions about scores of five-star book reviews posted by one Amazon user and her connections to a prominent national PR company in Clearwater, Florida. ... Nearly every book reviewed by Friedman was associated with publicity...

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