I’ve been keeping an eye on a recent trend in the indie publishing community — paid reviews (and family/friends reviews) and the controversy surrounding them. But I fail to see why it’s such a hot topic.
On one hand, when I see people asking the question of whether or not it’s okay for authors to do this, the answer’s clear. I want to scream “of course not!” But what makes me want to scream even more is the fact that this conversation is happening at all. That’s especially true when we’re talking about online reviews, which we often are.
I get that indie publishing is still new for most authors. But if you’re going to use the Web to publish or promote your books, have the basic sense to understand the arena you’re entering first. Paid reviews are an ancient topic in the Internet age. So let’s just boil it down to the basics in case you missed them:
Seriously folks. It’s this simple. Question: “Should indie authors pay for book reviews?” Answer: “Hell no!” There. All settled.
Just in case you can’t tell: laziness and a lack of common sense are major pet peeves. There’s really no excuse for this to be such a big topic of discussion. Maybe authors in favor of this really did miss all of the hoopla about paid reviews just a few years back. Or maybe it’s just my hypersensitivity to, and no bullshit tolerance for, spin given my background. Either way, it’s not enough to write. You need to make sure you understand the business side of publishing if you want to go it alone. If you don’t get the problems with paid reviews, you haven’t done your homework.
Please note that all comments are subject to our comment policy.