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The reality is, there isn't a special breed of author who says the wrong thing. We can all be that author.
A lot of authors still disregard it when worded as "never reply", or we wouldn't have this thread, but at least a few might think about why it's strongly worded (and the wording choice isn't because there's a reply police who brainwash people and remove their free will).
Former football hooligan Dougie Brimson has announced plans to 'name and shame' the Amazon review mafia.
Edit: he has an account on the Kindle boards which seems to mostly be plugs for his books and requests for people to tag them on Amazon. I didn't notice anything particularly controversial though.
Last edited by shaldna; 08-16-2012 at 02:49 PM.
Wait -- he's starting with the premise that Amazon reviewers are organized -- with each other.. That they monitor self-published authors and gather at semi-secret bulletin boards to complain about authors about everything from bad grammar to fake reviews.
And then he kicks it up a notch and darkly suggests unspecified "unsavory" activities.
Apparently reviewers are not a vast and diverse assortment of interested people from around the world, some of whom have noticed abuses of the reviewing systems on Amazon and elsewhere and, in making their concerns known meet and share notes with likeminded others, but are instead an organized group of trolling bullies.
If you get a single negative review it's because the Amazon Mafia are out to get you *insert mustache twirling here*
But yeah, on a serious note - the reason so many self published books get bad reviews is because they are shit.
And not everyone who uses a screen name is 'hiding'- my online identity is very important to me, and it's certainly not something i'm 'hiding' behind. In fact, isn't it just common sense to use a screen name and not put who you are out there for the whole world to see? Hasn't this guy heard of security?
I mean, look at it this way - if I leave a negative review of a book and some butt-hurt author doesn't like it, the worst they can do is bitch about my on-line persona.
But if I used my real name etc, then that person could track me down and do exactly what STGRB are doing to people - ie. bullying them, compromising their personal security etc etc.
Chocolate cake is technically 'unsavory' right?And then he kicks it up a notch and darkly suggests unspecified "unsavory" activities.
Clearly not. Reviewers must be mean, like-minded and in some sort of secret society where they leave coordinated negative reviews of books just to stop the author from taking over the world and claiming the millions that are rightfully his on account of him writing the bestest book evuh!!Apparently reviewers are not a vast and diverse assortment of interested people from around the world, some of whom have noticed abuses of the reviewing systems on Amazon and elsewhere and, in making their concerns known meet and share notes with likeminded others, but are instead an organized group of trolling bullies.
Because, if that's not the case, then the only other possible answer is that the author didn't write a very good book.
But how likely is that.......
Oh wait, he's claiming that this is the result of "research" he has done for a screenplay he is working on about trolling.
I wonder if this is a publicity thing.
Also, his understanding of trolling is flawed if he thinks his own "poking people with a sharp stick" to get a reaction is not trolling.
So now instead of privacy being the norm, it's considered sneaky. You must have something to hide. Me, I'd rather be considered suspicious than have some nutcase appear on my doorstep.
Not doing anything with my life is surprisingly time consuming.
Just like bullying isn't bullying when it's done by them.
The time and effort he has put into trolling is truly staggering. Some people need hobbies.
I'm really surprised STGRB haven't written about any of us here yet, been as we're quite vocal on our disapproval of them.
Ah right I never go beyond the first page on their website, I never click the posts to see the comments to notice if they have.
Absolute Write is a site for writers of all kinds, professional, amateur and aspirational, and for nonwriter hangers-on like me who are interested. With the sole unifying interest of such a diverse group being writing, it's not surprising that some members are also active on Goodreads or Amazon, two of the major book-related sites on the internet.
Goodreads hasn't got forums. It has widely scattered, disorganized individual pages, reviews, and book groups, with no central way of finding out anything that's going on. I have seen evidence of some cliques among young-adult fans, but on a site with 10 million members they are hardly a majority.
The Amazon forums make my eyes hurt. I have found them difficult to find, difficult to navigate, difficult to search, and full of people trying to sell their books and other people annoyed by this. Nevertheless, I can understand that to some people they are useful and interesting.
I don't wish to give the STGRB people page hits, but I confess to a slight curiosity as to whether they make this overlap out to be sinister or otherwise surprising.
Melissa Douthit has been outed as the mysterious entity behing STGRB?
She has certainly been diligent in her harassment of amateur reviewers.