Award-Winning Writers Behaving Badly

Another disturbing (but also sadly funny) article about unethical behavior: RJ Ellory, Author, Caught Writing Fake Amazon Reviews For Books.

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes if you don’t have time to read whole article:

  • Authors write glowing reviews for their own books on Amazon.com.
  • Authors write damning reviews for the books of their competitors.
  • This happens so often there’s a term for it: sock-puppeting.
  • The best pseudonym an award-winning author could come up with was “Nicodemus Jones.”
  • That same author, who writes crime novels by the way, got caught because he used his own name too many times.
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