What a mess Amazon’s algorithms have wrought. By removing book reviews, the behemoth company is quashing a writer’s chance to grow a readership and make money, while inadvertently forcing readers to stop making friends!
Amazon is out to silence click farms and punish authors who buy reviews, and good for them! But in their zeal to stop misuse, their message to us is: don’t cultivate friendships, much less name any of your online acquaintances buddies. Those of us who have been busy building relationships with street teams, FB groups, and blog tribes, are now faced with turning our backs on our friends, our fans. The closer we get to individuals in any of those groupings, the more likely their reviews of our product will disappear.
The lesson is clear: stop making friends/fans of authors and readers.
This is so frustrating to those of us hoping to warm up an often impersonal social media. Also giving me apoplexy is the idea an author can’t be a reader! I read a book a week…why can’t I write reviews that ‘stick’ for every story I read?
I don't mind if you commiserate, but perhaps it's best to move on to things friends CAN do for each other without retribution. My cover artist is busy designing FIRE IS NICE. What are your impressions of her draft, so far? Candid critique welcome!
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