If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that getting attention as an indie author is incresingly difficult. The number of self-published books grows every year and, with it, your chances of hitting John Locke-type success shrink.
Any author knows that favorable reviews are extremely effective in making your book stand out. Heck, we’ve written about it in the past.
But, to what length would you go in hopes of securing those 5-star reviews?
Many authors (including the aforementioned Mr. Locke) have gone so far as to pay for positive reviews, and it happens to be a growing trend.
This topic is begging for a lively discussion, so check out “The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy” and jump in! We want to know:
- How are your purchasing decisions influenced by reviews? Does this information make you doubt those 5-star reviews?
- Would you ever consider paying for reviews? Have you offered a perk or gift in exchange for one in the past?
- Is the current system of reviewing books too easy to manipulate? How would you change it?
- Regardless of those working to game the system, will the real 5-star books still rise to the top?
We can’t wait to hear your responses! To join the discussion, please leave a comment below addressing any (or all) of the above questions. Also, mention the discussion to your indie author friends — we’d love to hear from everyone!