Amazon Removing Reviews?

Here’s my take on it…

Amazon — like other large conglomerates — pay to access your Facebook data.

Or maybe they employ real people to check the author’s presence on FaceBook.

I’m betting they check on who are an Author’s Friends,
and who are an Author’s Page Followers.

A review on Amazon by an author’s Friend may be targetted and removed.
A review on Amazon by an author’s Followers (which implies they’re not necessarily a Friend of the author) may be “allowed”.

My advice?

  1. Dont make Friends out of your readers.
    Instead, ask them politely (use Messenger to PM wanting to Friend you) to
    Like and Follow your Author Page.
  2. Ensure your Author Page is titled (example only) Author Tess Ting.
  3. Your Author Page posts will appear in your Followers “Pages Feed” at Facebook,
    not on your Friends’ Newsfeed (“Home”) page. See the clipping below.

F-Book Pages NewsFeed Shortcut

If your friends and follwers were more aware of this tool for finding posts from the pages they follow, then more will use it.
The more who use it, the less promote posts from you will end up in friends’ newsfeeds.


Now, you may see this as a post on my Facebook Page, or at my Twitter feed. You may even choose to Like the post or [Heart] the tweet.
That does not mean you have popped here to read the article / opinion piece.

THIS is where I want to see “Likes”, please!

The Increasing Challenge of Reviews on Amazon

As an editor, and owner of this review site, This is where I choose to review my favourite reading books, and promoting the books I’ve edited.
As I edit for two publishing houses, I’ve always “held off” on reviewing books I’ve edited on Amazon. They know I’ve not bought a copy via their site.
My reviews and promos here get flicked to my facebook page and to my Twitter account, thus giving three-for-one exposure to my followers.

But “my authors” do need reviews at their sales sites – Amazon being the most popular global sales outlet. It annoys me … {no, I’m a kiwi, so – “it pisses me off”} to learn of their reviews being controlled, vetted, dumped, rejected at Amazon.

Who do they think they are?
Oh yeah, they have their own puiblishing “arm” in the barrel, so to speak.

For one interesting read of one author’s experiences,
follow this link to a post at
THE BOOKSELLER blog
by Heloise WOOD

 

Choosing your Editor

The following are questions for you, the author, to ask the freelance editor you are considering approaching. Originally by Jenny, for the website Writers Edit

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Picture by Pexel, on Pixabay.com

What should I ask a prospective editor?

  1. If they have any qualifications or memberships.
    You might prefer someone with the theoretical grounding of a degree or certificate, or someone who upholds the standards of an editing society.
  2. If they have experience or a portfolio.
    Do you want the seasoned veteran who’s been in the game for twenty plus years, or the enthusiastic novice who’s just starting out?
  3. How and what they charge.
    {For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2IyGJ3n}
  4. What systems they use to edit.
    Are they on a Mac or a PC? Do they prefer MS Word, Adobe Acrobat or InDesign (or hard copy)? Be sure that your systems are compatible.
  5. If they respond quickly to enquiries.
    As we said, editing is all about communication, so make sure they’ll give you the time of day rather than ignore your email for a week.
  6. If they seem honest and respectful.
    You want your editor to be upfront, but not insensitive. There’s a difference between telling someone that their writing needs improvement and telling them it’s garbage.
  7. If they genuinely appreciate the story you have to tell.
    Editors who believe in your writing will be more committed to its success, and will thus be more likely to go the extra mile on your behalf.
  8. If they respect the boundaries between author and editor.
    At the end of the day, it’s your work: will they give you the final word, or will they try to steamroll you, based on what they think is right?
  9. If they know what they’re talking about!
    Do they know what a style guide is? Can they justify their editorial decisions? Or are you the one having to explain the difference between en- and em-dashes?

A post on using Brand-names in your writing

This stellar advice can be found at this blog, by Mark Fowler at Blogspot, an attorney in New York City with 29 years of experience working for media companies – book and magazine publishers, newspapers, broadcasters, and online publishers, among others.

A full description of the what and how of dropping names into your writing

Thanks, Mark…

 

PSA Regarding Amazon Guidelines for Reviews

Woah! Do people Still not realise this? Here’s a reminder…

Shotgun Logic

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PSA to reviewers and authors/publishers regarding Amazon’s revised review guidelines.

This little bit here is super important to observe:

“Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”

This means that technically speaking, an author/publisher should not require a review in exchange for a book. Instead, offer the book for consideration. In my experience, that is the approach most industry professionals take anyway, so no major change there for most.

More importantly, it means that reviewers need to drop language such as the following from their reviews: “I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.” As far as Amazon is concerned, this means you were paid for a review and they will yank your review. Even more importantly, if they…

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