I Paid for a Book Review and Now I’m in Trouble With Amazon!

I Paid for a Book Review and Now I’m in Trouble With Amazon!

We’re so sorry to hear this, but…we’re not surprised.

Book reviews are very important tools that people use to help them make an informed decision whether or not they will purchase your book.

If you pay someone to give you a glowing review, that’s sort of like bribing someone to sing your praises — even if the book IS actually great.

FYI – Here are some important articles you really should read:

  1. Fake Book Reviews (Huffington Post)
  2. Amazon is Going After Fake Reviews
  3. How to Spot a Fake Review (on Amazon)
  4. Amazon Alert: Your Guide to Unethical Authors

Hello Indies! I am a former special education teacher of over 20 years, and now a full-time children's writer, researcher, and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women's Biographies and Children's American History. It has since won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, the 2022 Comstock Award, and the 2022 Ann Izard Award. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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