[quote=""Ariadne""]Dunno. Their name sounds very familiar, and I don't recall dealing with them myself, but they may have submitted self-pubbed books for HNS before. I've got a low threshold for those sort of shenanigans and am not getting bad vibes from their website overall (one of their other testimonials is from Borders!) but I agree, that quote wasn't worded quite right.
I guess people look at the quantity of Amazon reviews and are reassured that others have at least read it. It's an interesting phenomenon, isn't it? I often see authors requesting Amazon reviews via my Facebook wall, and these are mainstream-pubbed writers.[/quote]
I'm fairly positive my book was self pubbed. The *publisher* has a website but surprisingly only two books under their belt, the other being a self help one. Found a blog interview with an agent for the publisher that went on and on about the sales figures which I'm not smart enough to figure out if they're inflated or not. The blogger who interviewed said agent was a book promoter herself. The most critical review of the book on Amazon has been severely hit with critical commenters. All of which adds up to things that make you go hmmmm.
I'm sure Cadence is just doing their job, which is promoting the book.
I've a several Amazon friends who have accepted review requests, although they always advise the person offering that they only give honest reviews. They have had several offers withdrawn because of that. I took my email off my amazon profile page as the offerings I was getting weren't really to my taste. Or they asked for a review and then told me where I could buy it