Sorry for my absence. Like they say: life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. Started a new job, still angling for a p/t job, celebrated a few birthdays, mourned a couple of passings, engaged in kerfluffle, made friends and influenced people… You know how it is.
The big news is the book world has been, of course, the whole STGRB debacle. If you’re unaware that stands for Stop The GoodReads Bullies: whereas some enterprising individual(s) have taken it upon themselves to begin a crusade to destroy, yes- destroy, anyone who isn’t enamored of their deathless prose. There’s a blogsite showcasing their antics but I won’t link to it; I have no desire to help them build their platform- that’s Huffington Post’s job. You can, if you like, view the entire mission statement of these miscreants on the HP site, since they were kind enough to post it in it’s entirety without any type of context to frame the discussion. Because that’s what Internet Journalism is all about: damn the integrity, pump up the web traffic to our site (Though they were so embarrassed by the collective outrage at their actions HP quickly backpedaled into a ‘clarification’ and linked to a blogger’s counter-argument, rather than posting one of their own). So we’ll just call this the lesser of two evils. In full disclosure, I’ll admit to not only being marginally linked to the alleged GRBs, but am considered to be a card-carrying member of the Amazon Review Mafia…
It’ll take too long to explain; just trust me on this.
What these dipshits fail to acknowledge- or may be trying to facilitate- is the proliferation of reviewing circles and general chicanery going on in the self-published/vanity press world. Any attempts to game the system via sockpuppets, friends & family reviews, paid shills like Fiverr where you can purchase fake reviews for $5 a pop, none of that matters to them. Only amateur reviewers who came, read and left less than 5-star reviews are what matters here. Because if they could really comprehend what they’re reading they wouldn’t have left bad reviews, so they must be made an example of to safeguard the future of internet publishing.
To this end I’d like to show you just how far some are willing to go in that regard. There’s a group called Digital IN who boldly advertise on their site exactly how they go about working the Amazon system. Gotta give it to them- no shame in their game. If you’ve any experience navigating the piranha-infested reviewing waters on Ammy you’ll already be familiar with their tactics, but it’s still pretty ballsy. I’m just gonna trust that no one reading this will be soliciting their services. lol
P.S.- to everyone who’s gotten in touch with me about reviewing, I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll be in contact with you soon. Promise. 🙂