There’s a lot of talk lately about reviews and how an author goes about getting reviews. Historically, only those who did not have a personal interest in the author gave what was considered a legitimate review.
But what about now? Why shouldn’t friends and family review an author’s book? We all know that on Amazon and other sites, that’s what’s happening. There’s a lot of suspicion that self-published authors personally manage—and gasp, even write—their own reviews. A big tip off is if they have a abundance of five-star reviews and absolutely no one- and two-star reviews.
Take The Help for example. Kathryn Stockett’s novel is indisputably a hit. Her overall rating on Amazon is 4.6, which is very high even for Amazon. Her 5,811 reviews break down this way:
Does she have any one-star reviews? Yep! A whopping 184 people didn’t like her book at all. Read more