Money can get you anything, right?
But money can't buy you fairness and honesty
My books are promoted by this book marketing site and one of my covers were chosen to have a chance to be cover of the month by votes.
It is a nice feature on this site because when the authors and website visitors share the voting link, the books might have a chance to find potential readers who might never see these books otherwise.
So, like a good little author, I shared the link on my social sites when the voting started on Nov. 1st. On the 2nd of November I got a message on my profile offering unlimited votes for $1 each.
Right! Why would I buy votes? It's unethical, unfair to the contestants and misleading to readers.
Today I got a message on my website:
No matter how honestly and fairly the promo sites are trying to conduct these friendly contests, someone will pounce on it right away trying to make money and making the clean and friendly contests feel dirty and corrupt.
Some highly competitive authors might take advantage of this to win contests, but is it fair to the other contestant who don't want to win by cheating, or even if they don't mind cheating, they don't have the financial freedom to pay for votes.
I'm not buying votes, I'm just grateful for the promo this marketing site provides for my books. If my books are not shown to readers, they will just sit at the bottom of the virtual bookshelf, collecting virtual dust.
Erika M Szabo
Author of epic fantasy/magical realism novels and children's books, Publishing Coach at
Golden Box Books Publishing
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