Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Everyone wants to talk to Brian Cox.

The Amazon review thing is a big pile of ick. Part of the problem is the perception that Amazon reviews actually matter - I have eleven 5 star reviews (from real people and everything, go me), and, well, I sold three books this week. And it's been a good week. In an uncertain world, reviews are one element that authors think they can control, through bullying and cheating and general underhandedness, so they've created a bit of a cesspit of pointless corruption.

I've been writing reviews online for longer than I've been publishing short stories, and I don't see a conflict of interest there. Amazon simply need to decide whether to:

a) Get a lot quicker and smarter at acting on reports of very obviously faked reviews, etc, or

b) Acknowledge that reviews actually serve little useful purpose beyond increasing the site's stickiness for customers, and just ignore the whole mess.

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
BAD reviews matter. On multiple occasions I've had books sell an average three copies a day, then get a couple of one-star reviews, and immediately drop down to three copies a month. Good reviews don't sell books, but bad reviews stop them selling :-/

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
I don't know about the "especially against gay men" remark is a sign of Cameron's homophobia: more like even though Saville seems to have mostly if not totally assaulted girls a lot of the rumour floating around is about people alleged to have attacked boys, some of whom have also been popularly rumoured to have been gay.

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Yup - I think he knows that at least some of the original rumours were put about by homophobes, and are accusing gay men of paedophilia.

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ggreig
I'm surprised it's still below 50% that would want to leave the EU. It seems to me that the pro-European politicians in other parties largely gave up on defending Europe to the public during the Major government, when it was in their short-term interest to let the Tories tear themselves apart without any external distractions; and given the way that stoked up public opposition, they've been scared to go back in to bat ever since. I'd be interested to know if that's more than just my perception.

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