Last week I read a bit about John Locke buying reviews in order to hit as many sales as he did on Kindle (which was a million plus — he was the first self-pubbed author to hit the million sales mark, apparently).
I’m not going to get into the details — if you want, you can read Holly Lisle’s blog post, the New York Times article, Karen Woodward’s blog post, the write-up at Three Percent, Julie Ann Dawson’s blog post, and Jane Friedman’s blog post.
My opinion about this can be summed up thus:
- If you buy reviews you are an ass.
- John Locke is an ass.
- Don’t fucking buy reviews; it turns you into an ass.
- I swear to gods, some days I just want to smack the world.