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Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on Independent Authors

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In this ebook (approx. 5,950 words in length), I address and discuss “unfairly unfavorable” book reviews that are posted against independent (indie) author's books and ebooks and not those that are earned and deserved by them. Some of the content in this ebook, I have derived from posts I made on a publisher's forum, which I have rewritten and edited into headings for this ...more
Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by James M. Lowrance
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Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it

Review amended on 12/7/12

Disclaimer: I belong to a group that discusses authors who behave badly. I have written negative reviews of books (including big name publishers and indies). I have even warned readers not to buy a book. I will even admit that a few of my reviews might be considered harsh.

This was a freebie on Amazon which was the only reason I read it. I do believe, however, that one should always examine both sides of the issue.

I was giving this two stars because I do agree with some (
Even the title of this boggles my mind, it might actually be longer than the ebook itself. An ebook about "unfair" negative reviews? Really? The synopsis contradicts itself, which makes the entire thing hypocritical.

Example 1:

"While these methods can work well, as long as reviewers are being completely honest with their reviews, bookseller websites should also make sure that they have adequate moderation in place for review-submissions and they should screen out those that meet the definition fo
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Initial thoughts: There's a bit to say about James M. Lowrance's "Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Reviews on Independent Authors". I actually took about 45 minutes to peruse this 6,000 word opinion piece, and I'm still meditating over some of the things I could say about it. There are perhaps one or two notations I could see a point with, but in the collective scheme of things - this is an opinion piece that doesn't really provide an objective viewpoint of its respective subject, nor provide any ...more
"Any books or ebooks that are worthy of highly unfavorable reviews that are fairly written, should never have been approved for listing by reputable booksellers to begin with and by allowing these on their websites, they are in essence admitting to approving trash-titles for sale."

'nuff said.

I obtained my copy when offered as a freebie on Amazon.
♡Karlyn P♡
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: free
Full Review to come (maybe), but in short this was ~40 pages of an author whining about reviewers. Despite some truth to what he shows in examples, there is nothing new or insightful with his findings. There are no reasonable solutions offered either, just a lot of sweeping comments like "Amazon shouldn't allow..." or "reviewers should never...." about certain reviews he found objectionable. In truth, many of those examples are not allowed. Just report them. But others are far too difficult to m ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
"an undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie can also cause satisfied readers to be reluctant to add their own positive reviews."

Where is the proof of this? I have never ever liked a book and been afraid to post a positive review because there were negative reviews on the same books (sometimes even posted by my friends!). This statement is a bunch of bullshit that the author made up without having any proof whatsoever to back
I have four words for Mr. Lowrance. Harden the fuck up.
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
"The fact that undeserved negative reviews are posted online by readers on bookseller websites, is evident by the fact that same books at the same time, can have highly favorable and positive reviews posted for them by other readers."

That's not so much "evidence of unfair reviews" as "people having independent thoughts and opinions".

Even if all reviews were to be expected to say the same thing, who's to say the negative ones must be the fakes anyway? Personally, I'd be FAR more suspicious of an
Sharon Desruisseaux
This book offers great advice for authors and should be used in reference due to the horrible troll crisis out there. It is always good to research any issue one might encounter. It is sad how people can knock someone down for gaining insight. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource on that matter for its ability to give encouragement for those who encounter the matter. Bad reviews are one thing. Something that every author must face when their works are in the public light. This boo ...more
Dec 29, 2012 marked it as will-not-read
I read a few reviews for this book, and none of them are good.
The Just-About-Average Ms M
Aug 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf
Most earlier reviewers have expressed their views of this self-indulgent whine-fest far better than I could so. However, I have reached my tolerance level for ego-driven SPAs who have never worn big boy or big girl pants in their lives, who buy reviews, trade reviews, and load their "books" with sock-puppets--all of which deceives honest readers.

This 40-some page polemic about hurt feelings is eminently risible, and deserving of scorn. There are no facts anywhere, no valid points--only whining.
Jan 10, 2016 marked it as will-never-read
Sorry, but I support free speech and people being able to say what they want in reviews. Regardless of if it offends people. It's bad enough free speech is basically censored on college campuses (of all places) and elsewhere depending on what's being said, who it makes uncomfortable, and who's saying. I will definitely not support this happening on Goodreads or the Internet in general too. Basically at the end of the day, if something offends you, you don't have to read it or agree. But people a ...more
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