By Evangeline Jennings
An update in two halves. A massive book giveaway and a gratuitous rant.
Over at our sister site, the Pankhearst Review, we’ve been interviewing the authors of the first ten books we liked enough to give four or five stars. You can see the interviews here.
Today we’re giving away their books. More than fifty free books that are actually pretty good. From Syfy to hard-boiled shorts to poetry to YA.
And if you knew how hard it had been to find ten really good books, then you would understand why the following rant goes out to all the liars.
JUST FUCKING STOP IT
Since we started reviewing books, we’ve bent over backwards to be fair, honest, and positive about Independently Published Books.
It’s not easy. Too many of the books we get sent are very bad. Too many of the books that might be good are so poorly produced – by which I mean edited and proof-read – that we can’t hand-on-heart recommend them.
And yet, when we tell someone we don’t feel able to recommend their book, they often come back at us with a long list of their five star reviews and the claim that we’re just not smart enough to get it. They know who they are.
Well, excuse me but we’re smarter than any dickhead who tries to pull that stunt – unless your name is Proust, because I really don’t get him – and we write better than they do. And we work harder at making our books the best they could be. So we know SHIT WRITING and SHIT QUALITY when we see it.
So no, we don’t care if you’re a Big Wheel at a so-called Independent Book Review site. We don’t care if ALL YOUR FRIENDS gave you a five star review. Your book is STILL SHIT and we are BEING POLITE when we say we are unable to recommend it.
But shit books are not the problem du jour. No, today’s problem is all the lying liars who lied and gave that shit book a five star review.
We’ve seen it more and more and more and more and more and more and fucking more.
Writers make friends with other writers. They swap five star reviews. They cross promote. They get their friends to write five star reviews. They tell each other they’re great. Smashing. Super.
They do anything they can to help each other EXCEPT TELL THE TRUTH.
And the never-ending lie fest is killing everything that should be good about independent publishing.
Consequently the editorial board of the Pankhearst Review, has agreed to a radical change in our review policy.
Come get some.