Originally Posted by crich70
I think it also accuses the reviewers of being liars. I mean say you and I both write a book a piece and we both like well written fiction in the same genre. But we don't know one another personally. Why can't I give an unbiased review of a book that I bought from you? Just because we both have books available for purchase from Amazon doesn't mean we are indulging in mutual backscratching.Basically they're saying that an author isn't qualified to review a book that they like just because they are an author. That's like saying my Dr isn't qualified to refer me to a specialist (for specific medical care) just because he is a licensed doctor. If he, as a Dr.) isn't qualified to tell me who the best person in the field is to handle my medical problem, then who is? Authors know how to write, they know what a well written piece of writing looks like, so why can't they say so?
I honestly don't mind the odd review, if being honest. I see where you are coming from. If you had written 10 books and I had written 10 books, and we happened to read one book the other had written and given a review of it, then how can we be accused of not giving an unbiased review.
I can see the issue if I reviewed all 10 of your books and you reviewed all 10 of mine, but the odd one......
To be honest I don't read reviews much at all, even ones on the back cover of a book. No one says what they really think (or does it get published). Watch any interview with an actor and they talk about how wonderful an artist a fellow actor is and how their charm/presence brings new 'life' to a movie. Read the blurb on the back of a book and anything that involves espionage and they are referred to as a modern day Tom Clancy. If we believed all of these reviews then everyone in the world would be superstars.