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text 2018-03-08 21:10
Stupid Things (Some) Authors Say

As seen in a discussion regarding if authors should read reviews for their books, and if those reviews are "feedback" for the author:


"...why an author should even have a place on which readers can post reviews, if the author isn't supposed to look at them..."


I don't know if this author knows something I don't - that there are authors who have set up places for readers to post reviews, or if she is under the impression that GoodReads and Amazon (which is what we're discussing) are sites authors have set up for readers to post reviews.


Either way, I'm shaking my head.


Isn't it so nice of those authors to provide areas for us little readers to share our opinions of their books?  For author "feedback" no doubt. ;)

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text 2018-03-06 02:01
Stupid Beyond Help

So, an author posted this somewhere in the bowels of GoodReads yesterday:


"I feel the same. Amazon is extremely controlling about who can post a review. A very good friend of mine bought a paperback copy and has tried posting her review multiple times, but Amazon keeps booting it off. For some reason they think she's not a verified purchaser so they won't allow the review to post. And good luck on trying to contact them. You'd have better luck trying to get a sunburn on Antarctica than to get anyone to understand what you're trying to ask them."

So, I took a deep breath and responded:
'Amazon doesn't require people to be verified purchasers in order to post reviews. So that is not the reason her review is not being allowed to be posted.

They do not allow friends and family of an author to post reviews, for reasons I think are pretty obvious. That would be why her review is not being allowed to be posted.

I do not consider this prohibition by Amazon "extremely controlling" in the least. I consider it reasonable, understandable, and I'm quite thankful for it.'
I also posted this:
Her response today? You're all gonna love this:
"Amazon has no idea she's my friend, and yes, they do only post verified purchases. They don't care if it's your friend, grandmother, aunt or a perfect stranger as long as their system verifies the purchase was made with a credit card bearing the same name."


And in another conversation a different author stated this:


"For perspective, I am aware of many many indy authors who solicit almost all their reviews from relatives and Facebook friends. That's far more misleading than an RF reviewer posting one review. All this appears to be somewhat the nature of self-publishing for better or worse."


Believe me, there are still many authors out there thinking like this.  Thankfully they're mostly very small potatoes, but they're all chatting each other up about how this sort of thing is perfectly fine, and there are more out there than you may see.  Of course thankfully they're still a minority, or at least only a minority is dumb enough to say things like this in public.


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text 2018-02-25 21:15
Clean Up on Aisle Five!

Remember that author pal of Ms. Vidal's, who joined in to attempt to get the attention of a reviewer's employer and making accusations against him?


If you don't, you can read about it here: Another Author Joins in the Fun.


Well, I am pleased to report that particular author as of today is no longer a GoodReads Author.


Good Riddance. 


It had been noticed a few days ago that the offending comment of hers posted to Ms. Vidal's blog and FB page had been removed.  Presumably she'd gotten an inkling it had gotten her into some hot water.  Just as Vidal had deleted her blog post targeting reviewers right before she also lost her GR Author status.


A third author has joined in the fun, harassing Ms. M. on one of her reviews.  After careful research it's been determined this author has been rating/reviewing the same books from two different GoodReads accounts.  Most are his own books, but a couple are books written by his pals.  He also has posted ratings of some of his books under more than one format.


This all has been reported to GoodReads.  Hopefully they'll get that mess cleaned up soon as well.

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review 2018-02-19 04:43
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I have no idea quite how to rate this book so I'm going with 3.5 stars. My first impulse was 4 because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but then I finished it, sat back and actually thought. Most of the plot wouldn't have happened if the main character Jazz hadn't been such a petulant asshole, and pretty much everything is her fault. It's hard to feel sympathy for those kinds of characters, the ones that keep making terrible life choices over and over and never seem to learn. And then in the end get away Scott free. Talk about maddening. 


But the writing was well done, the plot moved along at nice clip, and the science seemed sound. Not too much over the top like in the original Jurassic Park books where I wanted to gouge out my eyes every time Malcolm talked. I just wish Weir had dialed it down on the bitch scale a bit because Jazz damn near ruined everything and seemed to think she was entitled to no punishment. Talk about arrogant.



P.S. early in my marriage we had a black pug named Artemis. He was a needy shit but we loved him. 

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text 2018-02-13 18:51
Vidal Update: Feb 13, 2018

On her Facebook Page:



Repeated on her blog:


Poor thing is stubbornly refusing to even consider the fact that her own actions and words are the cause of her troubles.


Also, in case you missed my updates on yesterday's post, all the comments posted by Stephen yesterday on GoodReads and Amazon are now deleted.


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