Monday, August 30, 2010

Outskirts Press says you should write reviews of your own book

For two years I've frequently commented on the incompetence and dishonesty of Outskirts Press. I even wrote Stupid, Sloppy, Sleazy about the company.

Now Outskirts is recommending that authors become just as sleazy as Outskirts.

On a strange, poorly written and nearly useless blog called "Amazon Book Kindle," Outskirts boss Brent Simpson posts "Top 5 Book Selling Tips."

Tip-Number-One is: "Online reviews are paramount in importance when it comes to drawing attention to your book. And the best part is, you're in control of your own destiny! If you haven't yet submitted your own review on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, what are you waiting for? This should be one of the first steps for every published author...Post a review for your book today.

This blog post details how Outskirts author Sally Shields kisses her own ass in a review.

Brent has frequently demonstrated his limited intelligence (one of his books shows the wrong author of "Roget's Thesaurus" and he boasted about an award from a company that makes money by selling vanity award trophies). In this new blog posting he stupidly reveals that he knows that self-reviewing is dishonest, because he says, "don't underestimate the effect of any honest review."

Here's my honest review of one of his horrible books. I hope he didn;t underestimate its effect.

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