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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pierwalker Log: June 11, 2019

Writing start: 8:50 A.M.
Finish: 1:32 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 200
Edited (est.): 4700

1. Failure: Off

2. Book Three Melody: Off

3. Angel: Book Three: Off till 6/17

4. Random Chance Book Two: 200 new words
Notes: This chapter is almost a year and a half overdue!

5. Port Story: First primary edit of chapter two

6. Hidden Bookmarks: Off till 6/18

7. Rumpel: Read-through of chapter four

8. Zelena (Secondary Edit One): Off till Saturday

Special Projects: None today

Extra notes: A lovely 5-star review for Angel: Book Two came a few days ago. Here it is:

I have read many of Shawn's books and they are all good. This book, however has surpassed any expectation I might have had. Angel: Book One was good. Hard hitting, makes you think about yourself and the way you feel about about other people.
     But Angel: Book Two will take you past that. When Ray begins his assignment, he has doubts about himself and how will he complete his assigned task. But his faith, and his ability to convince others to have faith, is extraordinary.
     The author has written this novel in a passionate, caring and spiritual way that will take the reader to a new place. His descriptions and explanations of the way faith works is some of the best I have ever heard. The conversation with God is truly blessed with a sense of passion, purpose and love. For anyone who is struggling with abuse, bullying, or just mean people, this book will give you hope for a better tomorrow and renew your faith in both mankind and the Holy Spirit.
     This is a must read!

My many heartfelt thanks to the reader who took the time to write this. Which leads to a bit of a rant.

Unlike the vast majority of writers, either legacy-published or indie (like me), I don't ask for reviews. I don't peruse book blogs and beg their owners to review my books. I don't bribe or attempt to buy off my readers. I don't try to connect with other authors in the hopes that we can have a kind of literary 69, whereby I review one of his books and he reviews one of mine. I don't contact literary magazines or e-zines and beg the editors to review my books.

To do so feels very dishonest to me, very plastic. More times than not--in fact, almost all the time--reviews produced in such a fashion read as shallow and disinterested, with general language and broad verbiage indicating the reality: that said reviewer wrote the review as a favor, not because he or she genuinely wanted to read the book in question.

The idea, of course, is that more reviews equals more sales. I've seen data that supports that; but I've also seen data that doesn't, and sometimes even contradicts it.

Forty percent (at least) of the Internet is now fake. I don't wish to add to it. Reviews garnered by such means as mentioned above definitely belong in the "fake" category. You may disagree with me. Go right ahead.

And just to let you know--fake or bought product reviews are at an epidemic level. No matter which site you visit, no matter what product page you land on, you can pretty much wipe out eighty percent or more of all five-star reviews that product boasts. Right off the top. They were bought in one form or fashion or another. They're fake.

But people are gullible, and they are indifferent, too. Even if the herd is fake, is made up of bots, is made up of phonies, folks don't care. Not really. Not enough, certainly, to get involved with cleaning up the Net: contacting their representatives in Congress or voting for politicians who want to get tough on Big Tech and on fake reviews allowed by them, or making it a point of doing business with those companies who already get tough on fake or bought reviews, and who have transparent policies in place to separate authentic reviews from the fake ones.

Moooooooooooo, all of you. You are part of the problem, so you can stop bitching when you're victimized by it.

Kye, my partner, reviews some of my books on Smashwords. On quite a few, hers is the only review. I don't ask for her to review my work, and I don't expect her to, either. She writes them because she really enjoyed the book.

If what you need are a bunch of 5-star reviews before you'll buy a book, then I'm sorry, but in this day and age, you're nothing more than a suburban sap. And the truth is, you aren't the kind of person who would like my work. Perhaps more to the point, you're the kind of person I don't want reading my work.