Important information for authors who write reviews on Amazon!!!
I'm an author who loves reading, and I enjoy writing reviews for books I really like. Sometimes I've been asked by authors to review their books; sometimes publishers have asked me to review their authors' books. I pride myself on always writing honest reviews regardless of who the author is, and I've been signing my reviews in the tradition that's been around forever, one that many use.
--Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of Whale Song (or whichever of my books I decide to put)
Amazon is now reinforcing a policy that is cited on their Participation guidelines page--but NOT on the Review Guidelines page, where it really belongs:
Authors are not allowed to include their book title or a product link of their book title in their signature, or anywhere in the review, or in any review comment.
(This is my wording, not theirs.)
If reviews are found that include the author reviewer's book title, all reviews will be deleted and the author could face suspension of review submission.
Please read my original post:
Amazon deletes authors' reviews if book title is in signature
Then read my update, which includes some of my Amazon contact:
An update on my battle with Amazon over deleted reviews
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
As far as reviews go, I think this isn't a good policy. Authors with signature lines such as you have should be able to post their reviews with that signature. It's good for the book being reviewed--having an established author like your book is always kudos--and it rewards the author doing the review with some free publicity.
So far as I can see, it's a win/win situation. Amazon is doing quite a few silly things these days. *shaking my head.
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