Originally Posted by Catlady
I'm appalled that anyone can think that buying a favorable review is acceptable for a self-pubber.
I'm appalled by advertisements every day, trying to convince me that some crappy service or unhealthy burger is the bee's knees by throwing a cute actress at me. This is no different, AFAIK.
Originally Posted by fjtorres
So you're okay with the Kirkus paid reviews?
(Just wondering; that whole set-up triggers my "sucker bait" alarms. Maybe I'm too sensitive.)
Honestly? The concept
of paid reviews doesn't freak me ONE BIT. Yes, Kirkus' methods are particularly unpalatable... but so is a Big Mac. I don't see anybody attacking McDonalds for their commercials.
This is one BMFD
issue. It's not news
. It does not "reflect badly on all indie authors" any more than a Big Mac commercial reflects badly on all restaurants, except to those who don't know any better. I know better.
And if I thought I could entice my book buyers to leave reviews, pro OR con, by offering a partial or even a full refund to those who could show me they'd done it--a method I'd like to think would be a bit
more above-board than Kirkus and Locke's method, but hopefully achieve the same results--yeah, I'd give it a shot, too.
And go ahead, tell me how you'll never buy my books ever again... considering no one's buying them now
, I'm not losing much...