If you are an author who DOES NOT support the methods of individuals engaged in buying/gifting rings, then you need to stand up and make your position known. I don’t care who you are or how many books you’ve sold, if you’re not making it clear where you stand, then you are part of the problem. If you’re supporting those who engage in these rings, sharing their podcasts, heralding their methods, then you’re part of the problem, and shame on you.
New authors, or those looking for advice: be aware of who your “idols” are in bed with. If your “marketing guru” is promoting a person who teaches others how to game the system, then move on to the next “guru”. There are plenty of experts in the publishing field who remain above board – I promise you, they are out there!
If you’ve been caught up in this nonsense in the past, you can still make a stand. In fact, there’s no better time to speak out then now. The buying/gifting rings are just one piece of the story.
I do not condone or support ANY of these methods, and I do not believe that indie authors must cheat to succeed. I believe that readers deserve better from authors they trust. Feel free to copy, past, or share if YOU feel the same way.
Related discussions on the www:
- The following link was posted on KBoards Writer’s cafe with images of exactly how the massive buying/gifting are organized and carried out to manipulate sales ranks and accumulate enough “sales” to get on the USA Today and NYT Bestseller lists: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i83tfbl0gzla097/AACtcfSOh9pEh5z_K1S4Wk63a/RTP%209C?dl=0
- Details of the case (Case number is BC664530) are posted publicly at http://www.lacourt.org/casesummary/ui/index.aspx?casetype=civil