The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. – Leonardo da Vinci
Hello readers. As my topic states, I will be talking about authors quoting authors in this post. What I mean by that is authors giving a good word about another author’s published book and the problems surrounding it for readers.
Say two writers are very good friends. They both publish a story. One story is amazing, while the other is not. The amazing book gets a great quote by the friend, and – in turn – the other friend gives a great quote to the other book without actually reading it. Or perhaps they did read it, but the truth still stands. That book is horrible, and they lied about it.
I recently came across a situation like this on Amazon. One author who wrote many books exchanged quotes with another author. It was clear to tell (after reading through the reviews below each book) that both quotes were very fake. One author quoted that “this book is one of the best in its genre” while readers all agreed that it deserved only a 2-star at best and was one of the worst books in its genre.
The other book was compared to a whole list of other authors’ works, being put up on the stand with legendary writers (and writers that had nothing in common with each other). Readers once again agreed that this quote was utter nonsense.
So how exactly are readers supposed to trust the words of authors when they spit out lies so frequently? Fake quotes and reviews are not friendly to readers. When I go to amazon to look for books I might like, I don’t want to be lied to, so why should anyone else?
I think it’s ridiculous that authors do this for one another. Clearly everything you have said will all unwind once someone reads the book. And giving a quote that compares your friend to a half dozen writers who all write very differently is not a very convincing lie.
Amazon – for the most part – is a very trustworthy site when it comes to reviews. Choosing which book to buy is an easy task when you listen to fellow readers. But if those fellow readers are authors doing other authors a favour, then it becomes far less trustworthy.
I hope I never wander into this situation. I am very careful about what I quote, making sure it’s the exact truth. Perhaps some authors need a little more honesty. I would hate to spend money on a book that I believed to be amazing, but was far from it. I am sure every reader feels the same. No one wants to be tricked.
What do you guys – as readers, writers, and authors – think about this subject? Would you buy a book that has been obviously quoted and reviewed falsely? Would you write a quote/review for a friend, even if their story is awful? Would you accept a quote/review if you knew it wasn’t true?
Thanks for reading!
~ Sandra Harvey