You’d never think there was such a thing, would you? Authors are supposed to be those entertainers with everyone’s best interests in mind while adhering to a standard upright holding. This blog will feature two such topics: Ethical authors and Unethical Authors. I’ll start with Ethical Authors first because it is by right they should receive first notice. In addition, I’ll be doing some shameless plugging for some of these authors who deserved to be noticed and their books checked out.
Ethical authors are the backbone of the author community. They work diligently to bring their characters, their plots, their very words to life on paper. They believe in their stories that they want to share with the world, but more importantly, they believe in themselves and in each other. They believe in the reader because if they didn’t, they would not share their works with them. You can spot an ethical author just by knowing how he or she first treat others in the same field. These authors don’t cheat the system. They stick to a set of rules, thus obeying terms and conditions set for using services such as publishing services and font design use services.
They don’t trademark common words and then threaten others for using those same words with case and desist letters and threats of lawsuits. They own up to their mistakes, even if embarrassed by it, and are always willing to learn new things while sharing with others what they already know that is factual and informative. They also don’t bookstuff their novels, use pay for click websites to get their books noticed, and they certainly don’t use other manipulative ploys to get more higher-ranking reviews for their novels. They climb the author ladder one step at a time.
Some of these authors include:
- Nancy Lopes – Author of The Daywalker Chronicles and The Lycan Chronicles ( I’ve recently purchased The Daywalker Chronicles)
- Madison Seiver: Author of Anything you want
- Jamila Jasper: Author of The Cockiest Cowboy To Have Ever Cocked (I purchased this too)
- Gloria L. Gieger: Author of the Famous Book series
- Jamie Gold: Author of The Mythos Legacy series
- Brandon Lawson: Author of #Hashtag This
- Brie Farmer: Author of Stars Like Fate
Let’s move onto unethical authors. This is a long topic because of the amount of information that calls out against bookstuffing and warn readers what to look for. I am not naming full names but will use pseudonym names and false titles as examples to show you what to look for when purchasing an e-book. Bookstuffing is a practice that violates the TOS of Amazon, the author’s ethics code, and uses a “jump to the top of the author ladder in one giant leap” while stealing the chance for other authors to have their hard work noticed. In other words, the more hits they get with their stuffing the more their books will be seen first in Amazon, pushing other author’s books out of view.
How do they do it? There are several ways this practice occurs. I’ll start with an example: Kiss A Sass Frass, (<- Not a real name, duh), Author of I Cheat The System (<- Not a real title.. At least I don’t think it is… ) uses triple spaces between paragraphs in her novels so that her page count increases on KU and KOLL. While their paperback novel may be only 300 pages at best, the E-book is over 1000 pages. It includes extra “bonus” material, which is generally full-length novels not related to the novel you’re actually reading. These novels are at the back of the novel with links in the chapter information to quickly jump to them.
Another example: Cruddy Mud, Author of I’m a Pathetic Weasel asks readers to just flip to the back of the novel and then to leave a five-star review. This book contains different elements in it, which is often confusing because you don’t know whether it’s a Military or a Sci-Fi novel due to all of the extra novels in there. The actual book, which is supposed to be Military genre written is only about 30% of the novel while the rest of the novel talks more about Sci-Fi novels, mentions quite a bit about the author and their glory, and how they managed to run over ethical authors to get to the top of the ladder (Sorry, pal, you try to climb over me, I’m yanking you down by your ankle).
Third Example: Skip Me Ahead, Author of Cheat You encourages readers to use the links in the chapter mentions to skip around the e-book. This increases the number of page reads and earns them more of a profit very quickly. As a reader, wouldn’t you want to take your time to read a book from page to page? Encouraging readers to skip around content just means the author doesn’t care about you or the fact you may enjoy or dislike their novel. They’re not here to entertain you and they’re not here to touch your life with their novel. They’re here for your money. It’s all they care about.
In addition, these same authors will persuade readers to purchase and five-star review their books in exchange for bribes. There is never an actual guarantee that you will receive any reward for buying and reviewing their book, even if they claim you will. I am especially wary of any such “author” who informs their buyers that the prize will come directly to their house first and then they’ll ship it to you. When they are called out they threaten with cease and desist letters and lawsuits to shut the whistleblower up. This is done so that they can continue their cheating ways.
Most of these unethical authors use a ghostwriting service. In particular, there is nothing wrong with using a ghostwriting service. However, when that service is used to commit shady practices I have a genuine problem with it. Ghostwriting services were never and are still not meant to be used this way. Below is a list of deceitful practices these authors use.
- Belittling honest authors
- Threatening others to get them out of the way just so a book can climb to the top of the “Best Seller” list
- Encouraging readers to just click links to get to the back of the book in one jump thus earning them quick money for more page reads
- Using pay per click sites to get false reviews, which also increases their book’s chances at more pseudo-success
- Teaching others to do the same thing, and in fact encouraging it
- Attempting to play the victim when they’ve been caught in the act
- Sending lawsuit threats to shut up whistleblowers
- Taking away a reader’s right to actually read through their entire novel one page at a time
- Stealing more of a large portion of the KU/KOLL’ payout pie by committing all of the above.
Reader, I invite you to study the differences between ethical authors and unethical authors. Support an ethical author today but please don’t support an unethical author. They are only using you to earn more money at a faster rate while continuing to bury and trample ethical authors under their feet. They should climb the author ladder one rung at a time like a true ethical author would. Any “author” who commits these shady practices is NOT a legitimate author but is indeed a fraud. It’s time we put an end to this practice and shut it down for good.