I was recently approached by a PA service to review a book coming out from a publisher in June. Let’s talk about if for a bit.
I’m not going to name the book because I don’t wish to out an author, even if she’s not an indie author, she’s still attached to a very small publisher.
She wrote a romance book that I burned through in about an hour. It’s a quick read, and that usually makes me happy. I should like it right?
This book was an absolute fucking dumpster fire, and how a publisher picked it up, I don’t know. They should be embarrassed. Whomever edited this book should be fired. There were plot inconsistencies that weren’t checked, timeline issues that weren’t corrected, a completely unlikeable female character and chapters that were literally a paragraph long. A paragraph is not a chapter. The female MC was so unlikeable, that I found myself cheering for the mafia leader.
Guess what I rated it on GR? A 3. I still gave it a 3 because I can recognize that nobody wants their work eviscerated. I was trying to be a nice person.
Then, what to wondering eyes doth appear? The author reviewed her work on GR, not once, but twice. There were only 4 reviews out there and 2 were from the author, so that’s why it had a high rating. Apparently, she has 2 accounts. I get authors rating their own work on GR. A lot of authors do it, and I’ll probably do it once on my own book when it’s released and thank people for reading it. But do not come at me wanting me to read your book when you have to pad your own reviews with your own accounts you’ve made to pad your reviews. I’m actually furious about this. It’s no different than paying for reviews. If you do that shit, at least be smart enough to change your name.
DO NOT ASK ME TO REVIEW WORK WHERE YOU PAY FOR REVIEWS OR PAD YOUR OWN REVIEWS WITH MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS YOU MADE. I DO NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT FOR REVIEWS. I DO NOT RESPECT AUTHORS THAT MAKE DUPLICATE ACCOUNTS AND REVIEW THEIR OWN WORK MORE THAN ONCE.
Do you know how hard good Indie and small press authors work to get real and organic reviews? They hustle like fuck, and I will not cater to someone or promote someone trying to move up rankings or appear more successful than they are.
I will not be so kind next time, and will out you. Right now, I’m going to tell the PA company that I will not review that work nor promote it on my social media. Get the fuck out with that.