Wavin’ atchya, WG2E-Land!
Okay…I thought I’d seen it all when it came to 1-Star Reviews, but this latest version is a total stumper. Here’s one I just received this past week on Amazon from a Diana Hill (who’s reviewed three games and two books, one of which includes my STUCK WITH A STIFF):
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful1.0 out of 5 stars Not read it yet., December 28, 2012Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)This review is from: Stuck with a Stiff (The Stuck with a Series) (Kindle Edition)
I have not read it yet. But it looks good. I love humorous stories and I’m looking forward to reading it.
So yeah, this chick hasn’t even read the book yet, but she’s giving it a 1-Star, which took my overall rating from a high 4-Star to a solid 4.
Mind you, this is happening all over The Zon in a huge deluge. I’m not sure if it’s the new way to stomp on Indies and try to bypass The Zon’s new, nasty review elimination spam bots (since they’re basically positive reviews with the lowest rating) OR if there are simply a bunch of new Kindle Owners who don’t know what the hell they’re doing when they’re giving a 1-Star.
What did I do about it?
Well, first, I emailed Amazon to make them aware of the review and marked it as not helpful and asked it to be removed. I also let them know that I’m seeing these all over The Zon now.
Then, I posted this message to the reviewer, hoping that if she was indeed trying to help me, that I’ve let her know she’s actually hurting more than helping. Here’s what I said in my comment to her review right on The Zon:
D says:So tickled to see if you’ve picked up Stuck with a Stiff, Diana. But please don’t review and rate a book until after you’ve read it. By giving it a 1-Star, without having read it, you’re actually hurting an author instead of helping because you’re lowering their overall rating average because of your low 1-Star rating. Anyhoo…thanks bunches for taking the time to comment and Happy Reading!!!
In addition, I’ll be blogging about it on The RG2E and my personal D. D. Scott-ville site too to teach readers the consequences of doing this.
Okay, WG2E-Land: How many of you have experienced this new wave of 1-Star Reviews, and what are you doing about it?
The Best of WG2E Wishes — D. D. Scott
D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing. You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.