Not to be mean here, but 99% of review sites that claim to honestly review self-published books are drivel. If you think Romantic Times-style of ra-ra-rah review is bad, wait until you see self-published review sites, where every book is oversold as the next (insert trendy Pultizer/Booker prize-winner's name here). It is amusing how these same people would turn their up their noses at mainstream writing, considering everything that ever charted on the NYT Bestseller lists as trash for mindless people, when at the same time they indiscriminately slobber over every self-published book that they are given to review. The only review sites I take seriously nowadays are POD People and PODBRAM.
But for the self-published author, such a comforting environment is good for the ego, but it also makes him ill-prepared to deal with the real world, where people are so mean and cruel to, gasp, find his book not up to par.
So we have N Frank Daniels, one of those guys who think the world needs another story of some white guy who battled drug addiction and triumphed, and his book was picked up by Harper in what is pretty much a POD Idol contest where you get your friends and families, oops, fans to vote for you as the winner. Hello, mainstream publishing. Hello, mainstream reviews. And N Frank Daniels is still experiencing culture shock as of February, as you can see from his overreaction to a mildly critical review ("See you at the reading. Make sure you introduce yourself Wyatt.") complete with grammatical and spelling mistakes. It doesn't help that some people in the POD community enable his behavior, because clearly, reviewers don't understand authors, yadda yadda yadda.
And then the other day I saw someone started a blog for reviews, with the specific selling point being that he is a self-published author himself, so he understands the pain and tribulations undergone by those poor fragile lambs in the business and as a result he can relate to them. In other words, he is writing reviews for these authors, not readers.
True, review don't sell books, but they aren't even pretending to mask the fact that they are writing reviews to convince readers to buy those books regardless of actual merit of those books. And they wonder why they find it so hard to attract casual readers to buy their books?
And finally, just for laugh, here is a most amusing thread in Lulu. Delusional author attempts to sell his work for $80.07, apparently because he went through "hazards" to write the book and therefore he couldn't price it as low as his other book (only $30, folks!). Some people pointed out that his writing is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors to the point of unreadability. Then, abruptly, the author insists that he is withdrawing the book from sale, only, he can't really withdraw it because he doesn't know how to, so there. Weird but too funny.
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