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Post by Misfit » Fri October 24th, 2008, 7:55 pm

I don't think I'd have the gumption to rate my own books and give them the highest rating possible. What do you think?
I agree, but the authors do have the gumption. Every once in a whie an author's been spotted giving themselves a review (Amazon will remove those) as well as those "ghost" accounts they set up and give rave reviews (those one review wonders are easier to spot on Amazon these days. Then there's the groups of authors (DebMac you listening?) who write each other's books up with sugary sweet gushing glowing reviews. One has to learn to spot them.

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Post by cw gortner » Fri October 24th, 2008, 11:24 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I don't think I'd have the gumption to rate my own books and give them the highest rating possible. What do you think?[/quote]

I can't do it. I have my books on Shelfari on my shelf, along with many others, but I don't rate my books. I'm the writer! Who's going to believe my rating? I also have them on GoodReads, but the most I've done is introduce myself to a few groups there and offer myself up for questions. You just have to be very careful. There's a very thin line between being available and looking like a self-promoting slut ;)
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 25th, 2008, 4:24 pm

Alrighty, here we go again.

Let alone that there's another author whose spammed his promo on several threads at Amazon's HF discussion board. Grrr.

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Post by LCW » Sat October 25th, 2008, 4:27 pm

Misfit, I JUST came from Amazon and saw that post!! I didn't like the book at all and gave it a poor review. I was half tempted to post something there but I was good and didn't!
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 25th, 2008, 4:46 pm

I was so tempted to post that I couldn't even get past 100 pages of his first one but I behaved as well. I really need to get off the PC and back to My Cousin Rachel anyway :)

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat October 25th, 2008, 4:57 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Alrighty, here we go again.

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Do you mean the Shors post? I don't see the harm in that sort of post. He's upfront about being the author and about his intentions, and he's not intruding his message into another topic thread.
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 25th, 2008, 6:29 pm

That was it. The first part is fine, and asking his readers to get involved and comment but I felt that adding fluff from other news review sites went over the top in hype. Might be just me this time though, but you're right at least he's not traipsing on another thread.

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Post by cw gortner » Mon October 27th, 2008, 11:39 pm

I have a feeling he's concerned, because he recently became a full-time author and did change his era, etc. for this second book. He's reputed to be a really nice guy, so I think he just went a little overboard with the promo.
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Post by Catherine Delors » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:11 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I'm not a writer, not even a writer wannabe, but if I were, I don't think I'd have the gumption to rate my own books and give them the highest rating possible. What do you think?[/quote]

Well, Ludmilla, that's what I did recently on Goodreads. At first I didn't give my book any rating, but then I saw that other writers did it. So I thought: "Do I love my book, or not?" Well, the answer is yes, so I went ahead and gave myself 5 stars. :D

The problem would be if I took a false ID, or 40 fake IDs, and gave my book 5 stars. Some authors have been known to do that on Amazon. That's creepy because it's misleading.

But I have no problem letting my readers know that I love my book, along the lines of "I am Catherine Delors, and I endorse this novel!" (I am watching way too much campaign coverage these days...) :rolleyes:

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Post by Misfit » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:24 pm

The problem would be if I took a false ID, or 40 fake IDs, and gave my book 5 stars. Some authors have been known to do that on Amazon. That's creepy because it's misleading.

But I have no problem letting my readers know that I love my book, along the lines of "I am Catherine Delors, and I endorse this novel!" (I am watching way too much campaign coverage these days...)
I'm OK with an author doing that (just like putting their books on Listmanias) as long as they're very very up front about being the author. The fake ID's on Amazon are just maddening, and can backfire if you're found out. I've just come across a very blatant use of product tags - an HF author has tagged not only every HF book he/she can find but other products as well including videos - all to get the book icons on the product page. I'll only post a link for example if BB or DL says it's OK. Otherwise PM me.

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