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The Case of the Disappearing Reviews (on Amazon)

They say that independent reader reviews are important to Authors. That’s a reasonable statement and one I have always accepted as true.

I often read reviews, but it doesn’t always determine whether I actually purchase a book or not. This really only happens on Amazon, because when I walk into a bookstore, I purchase books for different reasons. Maybe it’s the cover; often it’s the blurb on the back; rarely it has to do with publishers hype and it’s almost never is based on the book’s reviews.

Buying from Amazon requires a different approach than buying from a bookstore. Amazon publishes (and sells) hundreds and thousands of books by Indie Authors and the only way to identify a good story is to read some of the reviews, often a good story will shine above the rest because of the nice things their readers say (but not always).

This doesn’t always work because you can’t base your purchases on another person’s tastebuds.

Recently Amazon decided to remove some of its Authors reviews. There has been a lot of talk about why this happened but no one seems to know for sure. They did update their review posting guidelines but there doesn’t seem to be anything in the new guidelines to justify removing the old reviews.

Basically, you can’t pay a person for a review (among other things). This doesn’t include giving away a copy of your book to a reviewer because this is how the big boys work – sending out review copies of books to readers and bookstores to gain reviews and establish a prepared market ready for release day.

When I took my book into a local bookstore they asked for a ‘free’ review copy, in fact they expected it and demanded it. I originally purchased five books for this purpose and passed them around locally so I was happy to offer them one of these copies. Every time I ask a store to stock my book, they ask for a review copy. It seems to be the accepted norm with in the publishing industry.

Now, this is all fine and dandy but when Amazon reviewed their policy and removed the offending reviews, they took away over half of the reviews that had been posted on the Amazon page for Tomorrows Child!

I imagine a computer program did the work because I doubt that Amazon has the staff to read each offending review. Unless they have employed 1-million literate Lemmings to censer book reviews.

I assume they did this to all authors but I could be wrong, perhaps they just targeted indie authors. When the Lemmings went to work, they left me with three reviews! When they censored the reviews of EL James – Fifty Shades of Grey, they could have taken away 10,000 reviews (who really knows) but that still left her with over 13,000 reviews! (based on the +50% reduction rule they used for my book!)

I still don’t know why my reviews were removed and they didn’t appear to have broken any review laws… but who knows. Only Amazon and the Lemmings can tell us what really happened.

Anyway, I have decided to publish a review page – A central place to store my reviews should Amazon decide to remove the remaining three!

Reviewers go to a lot of trouble to write and post a review. They read your book, take notes, write thoughtful reviews and then go online and post them – usually on multiple sites. This is time consuming and even if I do give them a free copy of my eBook – they will earn themselves a whopping $2.99 (in virtual products). (I am sure we have many, very rich reviewers out there!)

Indie Authors need reader support so if you still want to leave reviews for Authors you love, please do. Post the review on Amazon and any of the other sites that promote the work of Indie Authors.

If you’d like to write a review for Tomorrows Child, post it on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever you purchased my book, but I would be most grateful if you also send the review to me so I can post it here on my website.

See the Review Page for Tomorrows Child

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Blog Tour ~ First 5 Chapters – Volume 1

Come join us on tour and talk to your favorite characters on this three day blog tour event!! You will be able to follow the characters as they are interviewed!

On the third day, join these characters on Twitter! Ask them questions! Celebrate with them! Come join the festivities!!

Pick it up for FREE at Smashwords and take these great books for a free test drive!!   https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140165

Calling all book bloggers!! (Blog Tour ~ 1st to 3rd April)

We are having a Blog Tour and need bloggers to sponsor the First Five Chapters and post character interviews on your blog! This book features not one but 6 great paranormal authors. We will be tweeting with these characters on the third day!!

Come join the fun!!

Come meet us at Facebook! 

Add this book at Goodreads!!

Cover for First 5 Chapters

6 Authors - 5 Chapters

First Five Chapters

Cover for First 5 Chapters

6 Authors - 5 Chapters

Recently, I was invited to take part in a promotional eBook publication involving six  authors.

The idea behind the book is to offer the first five chapters of our story for free to readers. This offering will give readers a taste of story and our writing style. Readers are then able to make an informed choice whether they buy our story and keep reading or if the story is not for them.

I was honoured to be included in this publication.

Volume 1 of First 5 Chapters has been released and is available for free from Smashwords and Amazon (currently listed at .99 cents but should be ‘free’ very soon).

Here is the books decription from Goodreads:

This ebook will give you the opportunity to discover & read the first 5 chapters from 6 talented new Authors in the very popular YA – Fantasy – Paranormal genre.

On behalf of all the 6 Authors featured, I hope you enjoy the read. Your reviews and feedback are warmly welcomed and appreciated.

The Authors featured in this volume.
Carolyn Hockley – Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh – When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts – Paradox – The Angels Are Here
Mary Ting – Crossroads
Starr West – Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe – The Fallen One

You can learn more about the authors by visiting the following links

Carolyn Hockley – Arazi Crossing
KaSonndra Leigh – When Copper Suns Fall
Patti Roberts – Paradox ~ The Angels Are Here
Mary Ting – Crossroads
Starr West – Tomorrows Child
Lenore Wolfe – The Fallen One

When you visit the Goodreads authors page be sure to become a fan and send a friend request. You cna then leave a comment and say Hi.

I’d like to thank Patti Roberts and Lenore Wolfe for all their hard work putting this eBook together and the support they give freely.

Competition Winners

To celebrate the release of my first book, I ran a competition on Facebook.

Congratulations to all the winners! And thank you for taking the time to enter.

The winner of the signed copy of Tomorrows Child is Kerry S from South Australia.Kerry also received an eBook copy from Smashwords.

There were three eBook winners – Belinda M from North Qld, Lynne L from Brisbane and Lacey W from North Queensland.

I promised to give away 10 ebooks so this means there are still 6 copies up for grabs.

If you would like to win an eBook copy of Tomorrows Child, just leave a comment, tweet or share my page on Facebook. Be sure to let me know and don’t forget to leave your email address so I can send you the code.

New Facebook Page

I published my Facebook Authors page today. I wasn’t going to do this just yet because I was happy to accept everyone as a friend. Which I still am, but having a page under my name allows me to run competitions and use JavaScript, which I can’t do here or on my FB friends page.

It also stops my book stuff get lost amongst all my other Facebook Activity.

Here is the link… My FACEBOOK Page

The page has links to my interview with Patty Roberts and a Release Competition which starts today.