Easing Your Fears: Eliminating the Bad Apples

Put Up or Shut Up, so I Put Up

A few weeks ago there was a discussion on the site about the reasons why indie authors are often neglected by book reviewers. The number one reason was ‘fear of retribution over bad reviews‘. I hate that a few bad apples ruin it for everyone, so I thought of ways that I could help. I hate it when people grouch about something, but don’t try to fix it! I already do quite a bit to promote indie author works, but I figured there was something more. There was, and here it is.

I approached a few of the indie authors I’ve worked with about the idea of Sci-Fi & Scary listing their books for review, with a very big stipulation.

Can’t Touch This

They will have absolutely no contact with the reviewers of their work. If they break this pledge, which they’ve electronically signed (viewable on the Indie Author Pledge page), their name will go on a publicly available blacklist on Sci-Fi & Scary warning reviewers away from them. They will not be eligible for any sort of reviews, promotions, etc on Sci-Fi & Scary or any associated sites, etc. (If reviewers want to get an interview or guest post, they can let me know and we’ll go from there.) You will find more out about that later.

The idea was a hit with them. Most indie authors are aware of the fact that it’s a few bad ones that are ruining it for every one else. They’re more than happy to publicly pledge to be professional and ethical about their behavior. They think that instituting the blacklist is a fantastic idea. For right now I’ve got a small pool of books available (and I can personally vouch for most of these authors), and this list will continue to grow.

Get Your Sci-Fi & Horror Here

So, what do you say, guys? Would you be willing to give a few indie authors a chance if you don’t have to worry about what happens if you don’t like their book? In general, indie authors are awesome, talented people.  All you need to do is click on the image below. It’ll take you to the new Books for Review page. All reviewers need to do is fill out a form at the bottom of the page to let me know which book they wish to review.

If I don’t know you, I’ll check out your site or your Goodreads page to make sure you are professional in your reviews.

Then, after you receive the book, just send me an email  with a link when the review is posted. (Kind of like giving Netgalley a copy of your review, except I’m not requiring a copy of it.)

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Thanks for reading!

7 thoughts on “Easing Your Fears: Eliminating the Bad Apples

  1. This is an awesome idea. I g do still read and review indie books (and have gotten bizarrely harassed sometimes). So this is an awesome idea!

  2. Brilliant idea. You know I scare easily, but I might be interested in a few not-so-scary books. I have plenty of hyped-up books but I love getting to know more indie authors.

  3. I like the idea. I’m out of commission due to various commitments until the latter part of September, but will keep this in mind. You’ve seen at least one of my reviews on Sillyverse, and can find the others by going to the blog, and scrolling down to find the link for “Reviews” under “Categories” in the right-hand column.

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