No, I Don’t Want Family and Friends Reading My Books
From an author on the RWA Published Authors Network loop:
When considering a free book to download, I look at the customer rating if I don’t recognize the author’s name. Of course this is seldom an accurate reflection of the writing quality, but I figure if the author can’t get good reviews from family and friends, it isn’t worth my time.
*head*desk* No wonder readers no longer trust reviews.
I looked at this author’s books on Amazon and, yup, all glowing reviews and most from the same reviewers.
For the record, my family and friends have neither read nor reviewed by books because they don’t need to know what I do in my spare time. And, frankly, gaming the review system is sad.