Dare to Raise Your Head

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Every day we read about various people being targeted by those jealous of their success.

Until a few days ago I had not experienced it personally. My science fiction adventure novel The Seventh Age became number one on the amazon.co.uk lists for books of its ilk today (26/04/2012).

Among the reviews on both the American and English Amazon pages for the book you will find a single review, written by two different individuals, commonly referred to as Amazon chat room Trolls, who hide behind pseudonyms of one kind or another. These people live in their bedrooms with nothing but malice on their minds. Personally, I feel sorry for them. What awful lives they must lead.

Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of reviews are written by ordinary people, who either like your work in which case they praise it. Or, if they dislike your work, they say so without resorting to personal attacks. A lot of writers don’t read the reviews written about their work and I can now understand why.

We all know that reviews sell books, even those written by the Trolls. Perhaps someone should tell them that far from creating trouble for the writer, they are actually encouraging the curious to purchase a copy and see what all the fuss is about.

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  1. Rick Carufel says

    I agree jack. My best selling book is the only one to get a 1 star review. But the Amazon forums are nothing but a hindrance to sales and should be closed. Most troll attacks on authors originate from there. Help close those forums and sign a petition to do so here:
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/863/695/247/remove-amazoncom-forums/#sign

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