You have to at least admire the sheer hubris of an author who simultaneously spends $500 on a Kirkus review and then claims that they asked Kirkus not to publish it for “Branding Reasons.” Continue reading Authors Behaving Badly: Kailin Gow
People won’t judge us simply because “one of our own” did something unethical. I believe people are smarter than that. But they will judge us if we continue to defend their bad actions and seek to deflect responsibility for those bad actions onto the consumer. Continue reading A Tale of Two Sock Puppets
Claiming honesty and BEING honest are two different things. This is a point often missed by politicians, and equally overlooked in the indie community at times. Take the case of Bookplex as an example. Bookplex is another one of those places that sells reviews, promising that you will get five “honest and unbiased” reviews of your work for $45 Continue reading Bookplex: Why Honesty, REAL Honesty, is the Best Policy
Further evidence that, if I was unscrupulous, I would be rich and/or in control of the world. You should all thank my parents for raising me with morals. Continue reading The Curious Case of Blood Soaked and Dangerous: Or How to Profit from Fake Controversy
But is that resentment truly an issue, or just a small, vocal minority of customers? We went to the Amazon.com customer forum to find out. Amazon.com has become, in many ways, the primary battleground for this discussion. With both its Createspace POD service and the Kindle self-publishing service, Amazon has made it easier than ever for authors to self-publish and promote their own books. Continue reading Author Ethics: The Battlefront at Amazon.com
In Part Three of the series, we examine how readers view indie books and what they really care about. Continue reading Author Ethics: Do Readers Care About Self-Published Books?
In this article, we look at the actual results from the first of our informal surveys and identify important ethical considerations for authors. Continue reading Inflated Book Reviews: Temptation’s Impact on Ethics