My upcoming literary thriller THE BLUE BAR has been picked as an AMAZON FIRST READ, which means all Amazon members in US, UK, Canada and Australia can download it for free, and review it.
A good thing if you want a few advance reviews. Or so I thought.
Turns out it lets trolls get at your book, send you racist comments in your inbox, and downvote your book without giving it s a review.
Worse still, someone I know and trust (ed) has gone and left it a rather detailed one-star review on the UK store, and I’m flabbergasted.
I’m leaning hard towards breathing and forgiveness. Telling myself forgiveness is not for the one to be forgiven, but for myself.
It has helped that readers and friends alike have come together to combat the trolls.
If you’d like to help, you can do any or all of this:
- If you’re an Amazon Prime member in the US, Canada, UK or Australia, you can download a free copy. Higher downloads boost the book.
If you have an Amazon account in any of the above Amazon markets, you can simply find some of the higher-starred reviews helpful in case you’ve read an ARC.
You could add it as Want to Read on Goodreads. Easy, and free. You could upvote the starred reviews if you’ve read an ARC.
You could enter the Goodreads giveaway.
You could suggest the title to the library. This post tells you how, just in case.
You can ask for it at your local indie bookstore.
Suggest it to your book club!
Many pay lip service to diversity, but in the past week, I’ve really had the pleasure of knowing some of my online friends are determined anti-racists, actually taking action, and I couldn’t be prouder that I know them.
Are you an anti-racist? Have you faced racism in your life? Have you stood up against racism?
My lit crime novel, The Blue Bar will be out soon with Thomas & Mercer. It is already available for preorders. Add it to Goodreads or pre-order it to make my day.
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