There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about sockpuppets. It appears some writers are buying fake reviews to bolster their sales while others are creating fake personas to give themselves glowing reviews. Even worse, some are creating sockpuppets to attack their rivals.

While I’m not signing any petitions or sanctimoniously staking claim to some sort of unique piety, I figured this is as good a time as any to let folks know how I operate when it comes to reviews and my peers.

First off, I don’t solicit reviews. Not that I haven’t considered it, but when I did it just seemed like a bad idea. I figured solicited reviews would come off as sounding faked and I want the review system to carry at least some weight.

That’s not to say people I know haven’t reviewed my work. They have, I just never asked them to. So if another writer leaves a good review for any of my work, I’m going to assume they enjoyed it. And I do have some two and three star reviews out there that I hope will help to give folks a well-rounded view of my work. Not everyone likes what I write and there’s nothing wrong with that. Continue reading