Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG Feb. 2016

Another Wednesday and time for our Insecure Post. Thanks to founder Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Imagine checking out your book to find a new review. Not just any review, a 5 Star review. As you read excitement fills you. You start to cry because its what you dreamed of. You copy it and share with a few friends and then you have trouble sleeping because you're so excited. In the middle of the night you think you should go on Amazon and leave a comment on the review thanking the unknown person who loved your book. In the morning, despite your lack of sleep, you go into Amazon, click on most recent reviews and the wonderful review that kept you up all night has vanished.

Stuff of nightmares right. Wrong. With Amazons new policy if they think you paid for the review or are friends with the reviewer they pull the review. That happened to me. So annoying.

However, before they pulled the review I copied it. Here it is.

This book is a potential classic and a must read for all historians out there. Historically accurate plot and characters. Great read!

If the reader who left this review is here, thank you.

If you haven't read 'The Treasures of Carmelidrium' yet, it's only 99 cents on amazon. I'm saving up money to get a print version but haven't done that yet.
 If there are issues getting to the right site, they are posted on my side bar too.

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Here are more recent reviews.
on December 19, 2015
Great book! Enjoyed reading this one for the past week and I am badly hooked to it's intriguing story line.
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on December 26, 2015
Great story! I can't believe I only discovered this now. Can't wait to read the next books!
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on January 31, 2016
I never really expected this book to be very good. Now, I'm excited for the next books
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on December 10, 2015
Great story line, I wish I was on a story just like this one and I would surely enjoy

If you'd like to see them all click on Book Reviews for Treasures at the top.

My friend, DL Hammons is running his annual Write Club were you can submit a story and possibly win a fabulous prize.
 Here's the link:

My critique group has two openings. If you're interested tell me in the comments and I'll email you the information.
You must submit a chapter of your current WIP.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well that just sucks! Sorry they removed it. At least you saw it first.

Yolanda Renee said...

What a horrible thing to happen. So sorry. Did you check goodreads, did they post it there by any chance?

The cover is magnificent!

Chrys Fey said...

Amazon is truly being horrible to authors and I don't know why. Now I'm worried. I wonder if any of my reviews have gone missing.

Laura Clipson said...

It sucks that they took the review away. At least you saw it, and you read it before they took it down. Hopefully there will be many more good reviews to come.

Chris Chelser said...

Nasty! While I understand the reasoning behind their new policy, it clearly lacks in accurracy if they start deleting reviews at random.

Maybe this post will inspire more readers to leave a few new reviews, though!

Stephanie Faris said...

My post today is about the same thing! Make sure your FB/Twitter accounts aren't connected. I have instructions on my post, but it's under Amazon's settings. I checked my reviews today to find a new one-star review on my first book from someone who hated it. :-( I've never paid for a review, but most of my FB/Twitter friends are writers. It's the world I live in's not friendship--it's called "networking!"

Denise Covey said...

Yes, Amazon is paranoid about reviews after the great corruptions of paid reviews was uncovered. All of my reviews of Roland Yeomans' books were taken down. Still, I'm glad you copied it and could share it. Treasures is such a good book.

Did you know you can add an easy buy/read a preview of your books in your sidebar by going to the page of your book on Amazon, copying the 'embed' code and posting it in your gadgets as HTML? I've done it and it takes people straight to your first chapter.

Good luck

dolorah said...

Makes me shy away from writing reviews for books I've read. At least I can still post them on my blog.

alexia said...

That's terrible! I am still puzzled at their algorithm for removing reviews. Just relish it anyways!

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous.

At least you know in your heart that you did an amazing job. Don't forget that. And don't forget the person who thinks it either.

Anonymous said...

Ah, that's a wonderful review! It's unfortunate it got removed. Bummer :(

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks everyone

C.D. Gallant-King said...

Such is the problem with Amazon having a virtual monopoly over book sales - they can do pretty much whatever they want. :-(

N. R. Williams said...

True C. D.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nancy - it seems it's a nightmare out there for authors on Amazon - that's dreadful to read ... I guess you could have a page of reviews here on the blog - for the ones that disappear and that you saw .. with the date they appeared.

Good luck - and all the best with your writing ... cheers Hilary

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Hilary, already done.

Crystal Collier said...

Ugh! Thankfully I haven't had any reviews disappear, yet. Still, I feel your pain. Reviews are so hard to win and then to have them simply vanish?

N. R. Williams said...

They took another one Crystal. Aggravating.