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Day: December 16, 2016

Contests and Awards Assessment

Contest and Award Fakes Is It Worth It? Assessing Contests and Awards Links There are hundreds of literary contests and awards, online and off. Most are real; some are even prestigious. But many are either fake or pointless. And few are important enough to provide a meaningful addition to your writing resume. Contest and Award Fakes Fake contests and awards come in many different guises, but they all have a common goal–to take your money. Some are outright scams. A few examples, drawn from Writer Beware’s files: A fee-charging literary agency advertises a contest where the prize is agency representation. Representation is indeed offered (to everyone who enters), but the catch is that it comes with a hefty editing fee attached. Another agency uses a false name to run

The furor over ‘sock puppet’ Amazon book reviews

A best-selling British author has been caught red-handed slamming others' books on Amazon while praising his own under a number of pseudonyms. It was the assiduous work of Jeremy Duns, another writer, that laid out a case demonstrating that prize-winning mystery writer R.J. Ellory had been writing the "sock puppet" reviews on Amazon. Ellory has admitted to using the sock puppetry -- pseudonymous handles to post positive Amazon reviews of his own books and one-star reviews of others'. "The recent reviews – both positive and negative – that have been posted on my Amazon accounts are my responsibility and my responsibility alone," he said in a statement. "I wholeheartedly regret the lapse of judgment that allowed personal opinions to be disseminated in this way and I would like to ap

In a Race to Out-Rave, 5-Star Web Reviews Go for $5

In tens of millions of reviews on Web sites like, Citysearch, TripAdvisor and Yelp, new books are better than Tolstoy, restaurants are undiscovered gems and hotels surpass the Ritz. Or so the reviewers say. As online retailers increasingly depend on reviews as a sales tool, an industry of fibbers and promoters has sprung up to buy and sell raves for a pittance. “For $5, I will submit two great reviews for your business,” offered one entrepreneur on the help-for-hire site Fiverr, one of a multitude of similar pitches. On another forum, Digital Point, a poster wrote, “I will pay for positive feedback on TripAdvisor.” A Craigslist post proposed this: “If you have an active Yelp account and would like to make very easy money please respond.” The boundless demand for positive revi

Amazon Alert: Your Guide to Unethical Authors

Amazon Alert: Your Guide to Unethical Authors Tired of fake reviews? We are too. A Con Artist at Work: Carolyn Arnold and Her Fakery About Amazon Alert Amazon and Others Purge Thousands of Fake Hugh Howey Ratings and Reviews Caught Redhanded: Melissa Foster and Hugh Howey Hugh Howey Attacks Serial Novelists Investigating Misconduct at Amazon Melissa Foster Continues to Attack Other Authors Melissa Foster Joins Hugh Howey in Buying Her Way Onto New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists More Amazon Fraud Identified The Crazed Antics of Cheating Authors The Crazed Racist Rants of Hugh Howey The Epic Fraud of Hugh Howey The Hugh Howey Tirade: Exposing Amazon’s Biggest Fraudster The Many Faces of Self-published Carolyn Arnold The Onlin
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