Worrying. Whilst I agree some reviews CAN be biased – like someone’s sister reviewing the majority aren’t. Personally I can separate Author me from Reader me. I might think someone’s books are great but don’t know them or think they are a jerk, likewise someone I might pass the time of day with on facebook might write in a genre I read. That doesn’t mean I will give them a good rating because of it, if I don’t like it.
Authors review as readers not because they want a review in return. Personally I state I do not review on request and I don’t review swap. If someone reviews my book I want them to be honest – even if the review is negative not because they think they’ll get a good review in return.

imy santiago

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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