I understand that buying a review raises some eyebrows. However, what if those weren't all 5star or 4star reviews? What if the reviewer uses a specific scale, rates the book on specific things, and gives a little detail on each?
- Story/plot (1 star)
- Grammar use - not a ton of typos (1 star)
- Well defined characters (1 star)
- A command of the language (1 star)
- Transitions/flow (1 star)
Let's be real for a moment. Indie authors give away hundreds of thousands of books every day with no guarantee of a review. There are many that might pay for reviews if they didn't feel like they were selling their soul to the devil. Let's face it, the guarantee of a 5star review is appealing, but who does that help? Honest reviews will sell more books, right?
I know not everyone can afford to buy a review. But we all know that reviews count in algorithms and that we're desperate for them as indies. They can make us or break us.
What if the company or reviewers publish every review, no matter the star rating, even if they were paid to review the work? Would you be less skeptical of the review once it was written and more apt to seek out that company or reviewer's reviews before making a purchase?
I'm rambling here. Basically looking for reader/author input. If you would, participate in my little poll below.
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Thanks for taking the time. My brain is a hub of curiosity. I'll post results Friday.
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That's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!