My last post received the following comment today:
I removed the links to the blog in question because, well, I wanted to and it’s my blog.
Considering the blog in question just posted claiming that Foster and Howey fabricated the email response from Fiverr and are supposedly “desperate and trying to do anything they can to hide the truth instead of admitting their guilt”, I’m about 99.9% convinced “Debra” is either a sock puppet or friend of whomever is behind that blog and the accusations of paying for reviews against those authors.
If Debra were a real person, surely she’d check her facts before coming to tell someone how wrong they were, right?
What am I saying? This is the INTERNET. People make shit up all the time, including “facts” to support their opinions and arguments.
Well, here’s some facts that I’ve discovered instead of making up:
Hugh Howey doesn’t have 99.9% five star ratings on any of his titles on Amazon. None. I just finished checking all of them. So whomever Debra received her information from lied to her about that.
I’m relatively certain, since I do tend to keep an eye on things like BBA blow ups, paid reviews scandals, etc, that I’d have seen mention of Hugh Howey being accused of paying for reviews prior to what’s going on now…if he’d been accused of doing it before now. This is the first I’ve ever heard of him being accused of this.
What I did see was him being labeled a Badly Behaving Author and misogynist for calling a woman he’d briefly met during WorldCon 2012 a “bitch” in a blog post on his site not too long ago.
Maybe he has been accused of paying for reviews before, and I missed it because it didn’t make a big splash, but I kind of think that sort of thing would’ve made at least as much noise as the current accusation has been doing.
Now onto Melissa Foster and her so-called fake awards. I’m only going to deal with one section of them, the Readers’ Favorite awards, because it’s late and the bed’s calling my name.
“Readers’ Favorite is the recipient of the “Honoring Excellence” and “Best Websites for Authors” awards by the Association of Independent Authors, and are members of the National Book Critics Circle and the National Education Association.”
Seriously, the Readers’ Favorites web site is just a big fake, y’all. Ignore the fact it’s been around since 2009. Authors like James Patterson don’t really use them for reviews, and Random House Publishing publicists don’t really leave complimentary comments for their reviewers.
Everything from “Obviously” to the beginning of this sentence is what’s known as “sarcasm” around these parts, in case it flew over anyone’s head.
A fake award would be one that someone made up and slapped on the cover of their book. It’s not one that has a web site, several people involved, and is a member of other established groups.
The validity of any awards program isn’t based on a single opinion from a person who is making it as obvious as possible that he (or she) has an ax to grind.
I’d really appreciate it, Debra, if you’re not too ashamed to ever comment on my blog to tell me how wrong I am about anything again, that you actually provide facts to prove my wrongness instead of perpetuating lies designed to further yours or your anonymous friend’s ax grinding agenda.
I hope that sounds like a plan to you, because I’m one of those people who will go digging for information to see if I am wrong, and I’m okay with admitting it when I find out that I’m wrong about something. Pretty certain I’m not this time around, at least about the things you mentioned.
Also, I blacklisted that blog’s name. If I wanted to send anyone to it, I would’ve linked to it myself, but I’m not really in all that sharing of a mood in regards to it.
I have this thing against liars…
Note: I’m not friends with either of the authors named in my post. I don’t know them. I’ve simply grown to really, really dislike the whole “tear down anyone who’s had some success by any means necessary” movement.