Presque vu IX
Book Blogging credibility is put under scrutiny in an article from Metaxu Cafe:
Personally, I think it’s time that book bloggers came clean. It might sound ridiculous, but I honestly think we need a code of conduct. We need to tell our readers when we are reviewing free books or when we are taking part in marketing exercises, because if we don’t we run the risk of just becoming yet another cog in the public relations industry. And surely the reason we all started blogging about books was because we were sick of the mainstream media’s treatment of books. If we don’t clean up our act now, we might as well forget any notion of reading unbiased, reliable and truthful reviews online, because how will we ever be able to tell the difference between a genuine review and one written on obligation? I don’t think it is any exaggeration to say that our credibility as book bloggers is at stake.
The post is from Kimbofo at Reading Matters and raises important points for Book Bloggers everywhere.
And it’s not just books. I received this email a couple of days ago:
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If you have no time, I kindly request add our link on your page. because your websites is complementary to us.We can offer free license code of anything your choice. If you find free time, you can review.
Title: (Brand name) Wave Editor
URL: sorry, guys, I’ve deleted it.
Description: Audio Editor to Create, record, edit, draw, add effects & play mp3/audio files.
I am awaiting for your quick reply.
Sorry, Ms.Gayathiri, this is the quickest and only reply you’re going to get.
Sterne reports on the Australian version of the scam in which a classic author is repackaged as a new writer and submitted for the approval of modern publishers. And the result of this experiment (repackaging Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm)? Wholesale rejection.
The publishers who did not simply return the typescript without comment invariably made no suggestions for its improvement. The novel’s “author”, however:
was variously dismissed as “clever” but lacking ideas, referred to David Lodge’s The Art of Fiction for “its lessons about exposition, dialogue, point of view, voice and characterisation”, and advised to attend writing classes for further “critical analysis”.