Category Archives: Amazon

Help! Need Reviews – Amazon Strikes Again!

I noticed a couple of weeks ago that Amazon seems to have, once again, removed a number of reviews even though I don't use paid reviewers for my products and so I'd ask anyone who has read any of my books to take a minute, if it isn't too much trouble, and head on over to Amazon.com and GoodReads.com and leave a review on any of my books they have read.

Apparently, Amazon has now initiated a policy where on some occasions they remove reviews from people who are your social media contacts. Since I do my best to interact with readers as much as possible, both in person and online, and have accounts on almost all of the social media sites I can only assume this is why some of the reviews were removed.

This happened last year (I think it was last year) when I lost a number of reviews with no explanation from Amazon (who also owns Goodreads) despite a request for them to explain what happened. As I said, I don't use paid reviews, unlike some other authors from the large publishing houses, and I can't tell why these were targeted but I know it happened to a number of independent writers all within a few days of each other. I applaud Amazon's attempts to make sure people aren't just buying reviews and are doing their best to police this practice but there appears to be some issues with their algorithms and if they actually are removing those of people who have "liked" a Faceboo page or interacted with a social media site then it does a great disservice to both independent authors and their readers, both of whom are Amazon customers.

In the online world of book sales, you live or die based on your reviews since people tend to buy what other people have liked and I can only ask those of you who have read my works to take a minute and leave a few words at these two sites or any others you go to.

I hate to impose on anyone but it would be much appreciated.

Look for Me on GoodReads.com

I realized I had never mentioned that I have a page on GoodReads.com so I thought I'd take just a second and put in a plug for the page/website and ask you to "Fan" me on there.

GoodReads.com is owned by Amazon.com and is a great website if you're a reader. It has reviews of a lot of books and thousands of people who enjoy books so it's well worth visiting.

Look for me at this link!

 

Second Chance Now Available for Nook and in Print

Second Chance by Robert D. Bennett

It took a little longer than we planned but Second Chance is now available on the Nook and in print at BarnesandNoble.com  as well as available for the Kindle and in print at Amazon.com!

There were a lot of issues in getting these uploaded and in getting them linked to my author pages on the sites then getting the ebook and print books linked on the sites but after much work on Karren's part everything was finally corrected.

I hope you enjoy!

Second Chance Now Available for the Kindle

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We've uploaded the final draft of Second Chance to Amazon and it is now available on Kindle!

The print version is available through this website and through third party vendors on Amazon but for some reason the regular print version isn't showing there yet.

We were "officially" releasing the book this weekend at our table at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival in Natchitoches, La. but it didn't come from the printer in time. We'll still be there though so if you have a chance drop by and see us. The Folk Festival is always a lot of fun with local craftsmen there, great food and great music.

I understand they will have the blacksmith's shop back this year and you can take a few minutes to watch the blacksmiths working on their wares as well.

The Festival is at Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University (my alma mater) campus.

We will have my other 3 of books there and will be taking orders for second chance.

I'd love to visit with anybody who can come by!