Tales and thoughts from the coal face of writing and life from the agoraphobic and crime obsessed author of Vile City (Detective in a Coma book 1) Jennifer Lee Thomson. She also writes as Jenny Thomson.
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Authors with small publishers to lose out as Amazon takes down reviews by other authors
Bet he doesn't need to worry about getting reviews:)
As an author I like to see reviews anyone has done of my
books. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my books. Last night, I
noticed some reviews had absconded.
I did a bit of checking and I found out that in response to
a petition by 400 authors, Amazon had decided to remove any reviews from
customers who were registered with Amazon Author Central - anyone who has a
book published, whether it's traditionally published or self-published can set
up an account so people can click on an author's name and see a
list of their books.
I think this unfairly penalises authors like me who are with
small publishers and those who are self-published.
This is unfair for a number of reasons -
1. Authors rely on peer reviews from other authors to get
reviews. Readers say they'll do reviews, but they don't always find the time.
2.Authors read books too. They also buy books from Amazon.
Why shouldn't they be allowed to leave reviews like anyone who's not an author
3.The reviews I did for books by the big publishers were
left alone. In other words, Amazon operate a two tier system - if you're an
author with a big publishing house you appear to be protected from review
removal, but if you're not stuff you. Amazon can do what they like.
At the moment, I don't think the same applies to the UK
Amazon, but it's only a matter of time. So, if your reviews start to go missing
you know what's happened. You could always complain to Amazon, but I've heard
about people who have who've been warned that if they don't shut up and go away
they're books will be taken off the site.
Better go now, off
to see if Stephen King will endorse Hell To Pay I already have some
amazing authors who've read it and agreed to endorse it. Watch this space...