Fakers: Don't Send Me Your Books
Let's talk about people who are fake.
I get a fair number of requests to do reviews of books. And, because I am also an indie author I know that for the most part these requests come from the use of internet bots that mine information off of Amazon. For instance, I know that Author Marketing Club has such a bot they call the "review finder" that allows members to search Amazon for people who have reviewed books in the same genre as yours and then you can spam people and ask them to write reviews for them.
Just today I got one such request from an author who sees themselves as a writer of "southern women's fiction." I went looking to find out more about the author on Amazon. Here's what I found:
How to get me to say YES to reviewing your book:
Look, I know it's hard being a writer--any writer. It's not just those of us who self-publish who have to do their own marketing. But, if you expect me to take time out of my own writing to read yours, you're going to have to show me you're not just mining data with your AMC bots.
12/2/2018 09:09:12 pm
Huge thank to you for posting it and keeping it real. Writing a novel doesn't happen in an instant. You will going through a lot of revisions, editing, frustration, hatred, and self-doubt before you produce one. If you are not strong enough to handle all the pressure, you might end giving up for that reason. That is the reason why you need to be strong to face all these hindrances. Revisions, no matter how many are they, is part of the process you got to embrace. After all, those are the ones that will push you to be better!
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