To Pay or not to Pay-Book Reviews.

18 Sep

The internet is full of them. I am sure that you have thought about it.Haven’t you ever wondered how some authors get those countless reviews in one day right after they have published their book? They have purchased reviews.

Well we have thought about this and where we stand is that this is just wrong.

Reviews should be earned! It is really that simple.

We understand that the market is difficult but how do you get the feeling of accomplishment with a paid review? The simple answer is-you don’t!

Reviews tell you something about your writing. Rather it be good or bad one way or the other it helps you as a writer grow. You cannot achieve this growth with a paid review.

Paid reviews do not give you any satisfaction from your peers. There is something to be said about knowing that your peers have purchased and reviewed your book. You do not receive this with a paid review. Your peers tell you what they are looking for from you as a writer. 

Although reviews of any type look good against your book, your conscious knows. Do you really just want sales? Wouldn’t you rather know that people enjoy your writing, your craft? You will not receive this either with a paid book review. 

Reviews are part of being a writer in fact they are necessary but receiving them dishonestly is not morally or ethically right. Part of being a writer is being honest with yourself and your readers. You make yourself vulnerable every time you sit down and write so do not waste your time and all that effort by deceiving your readers. 

Earn your reviews-you will feel extremely satisfied, accomplished. 

Writer BEWARE!!!

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7 Responses to “To Pay or not to Pay-Book Reviews.”

  1. jrobayo74 September 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    That just burns me up that someone would actually make money by providing these so called reviews. If these authors feel their work is not good enough to earn a true review then they ought to be doing something else

  2. Patricia Awapara September 18, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    I agree! Reviews are meant to be honest, so when others read it, they could make up their mind on whether or not to buy the book. Great post!

    • gabdeveraux September 19, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Thank you Patrica for your comments and also for following us. We hope you have a wonderful day.

  3. Renee Rose September 18, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Wow, I didn’t know paid reviews existed! But I do agree!

    • gabdeveraux September 18, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      Renee Rose,

      Yes they do. I highly suggest being aware as stated in the blog post. Earn those reviews you will feel better as a writer if you are a writer anyways. Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for reading our blog.

  4. Lisa Orchard September 18, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I agree whole heartedly. 🙂 Great post and just an FYI I’ve never purchased a review! 🙂

    • gabdeveraux September 18, 2012 at 9:46 am #


      Thanks for the comment. I wouldn’t suspect you would. You are an amazing writer. We hope that most writers would steer clear of such services hence the reason for the post. Thanks again for reading the blog. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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