From the title, it sounds as though I’m about to post about Texas. No such thing. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I hate drama and conflict unless it’s in a story. I have my opinions, but surrounded by so many friends with different beliefs, I’m normally quiet. I don’t rock the boat. However, sometimes I get a wild hair and I share my opinion.
Remember a few weeks ago, I mentioned GalleyCat? If not read here. I received a newsletter from them, and one of the headlines did its job and grabbed my attention. “Novelist Seeks One-Star Amazon Reviews in New Contest“. Huh? The author is seeking one-star reviews??? From what I understand, that’s what you don’t want.
I read the brief article, then looked at his book on Amazon. Okay, I get it. He decided to turn a crap review into something positive. Or did he? I shared it with someone who I highly respect in the writing world, and she thought it was gimmicky. And I quote: “Seems to me this is someone just trying to get publicity for their book,” she said. Wow, I hadn’t really thought about that, I saw lemonade being made.
I think it’s a controversial move, and maybe a smart one, but it depends on how you view it. I also think that it’s a great example of authors bearing the responsibility for their own marketing, but when push comes to shove, how far are you willing to go?
So tell me, smart move on Brian Allan Carr’s part for “Short Bus” or no?
Until Next Time…