In the process of regularly following the sales and reviews of my books at Amazon, I’ve been watching with great interest what’s happening with Diana West’s American Betrayal rankings. What is in progress is not surprising, following the hit piece that former Communist turned neo-con Ronald Radosh recently published at David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com.
There’s a term we who are independent self-published writers (INDIE authors) use to describe a particular style of 1 Star review, which includes very few sentences, briefly laced with rhetorical buzz-words, such as Right Wing Propaganda or crazy. Often the reviewer who leaves the steaming pile of calumny, which wrecks the star ranking of a string of stellar reviews, has never submitted any other critiques under whatever alias behind which he hides. So, there’s no way to backtrack any reviewer history to see what kinds of books he or she actually does like.
We “INDIE authors” call this practice CARPET BOMBING.
The reviewer drops the destructive fragmentation explosive and disappears into the night, never to be heard from again. I’ve endured a few such reviews, some of them containing outright lies about the factual bases for my narrative, or attacking my expertise in the subject matter with false information declared as statement of fact. After going a few rounds via emails with the powers that be at Amazon about removing falsehoods, for which I’ve provided ample evidence of the truth, I was shut down. Amazon will not remove or change a review. Readers, or non-readers, can write whatever review they want to write, true or false, ethical or smear-laced.
Today I found several such 1 Star CARPET BOMBS that were recently dropped on American Betrayal. Some are no more than one-sentence allusions or links to Radosh’s assassination piece, titled with vicious headings. They are like stones or bricks thrown from the back of a crowd by nameless, faceless cowards, who then turn and run away. They are not specific in comment or criticism. They’re of no use to an author who is genuinely interested in what a reader thinks of the work.
CARPET BOMBERS do have an effect. The star ranking begins to noticably drop. I’ve been through this, too.
It’s very obvious that many of these CARPET BOMBERS have not even read Diana West’s book, which I’m working my way through, page by page, at this writing.
To be continued…..