I recently accepted an eBook from a PR company to review. After accepting the eBook, I was requested not to post my review on Amazon if the book receives a rating of less than 4 stars from me as it will not "benefit the author". I have not yet written my review, but it will definitely be a mainly negative review. I can't believe how incoherent the story was in the beginning...
I checked the Amazon page for the book, and all I see are 4-star ratings. It's unbelievable since this is one of the worst books I've had to review. I have not yet replied to the email from the publicist. But what should I do? The reviews on Amazon are giving a false impression of the book. Personally, I don't know why, but I don't feel right not posting my review in Amazon... What should I do? If this were you, how would you reply the publicist?
This is why I state explicitly in my review policy that all of my reviews will be completely honest. Go with your gut. Your obligation as a book reviewer is to provide an accurate review, not to act as free marketing. If the book is terrible, you can't in good conscience give it a good review.
You're behaving rather kindly.
I'd send the publicist a copy of my review policy, tell her it was in place long before she came along, and that if she doesn't stop harassing me I'll start an all-out "this book is awful" campaign.
Then I'd start tweeting like mad about the b...
To demand a review of 4 stars or above is incredible. I'm shocked any company or PR person would think that was acceptable. No major publisher would do this.
Reviews aren't there to benefit the author, they exist to guide the buyer!
I'd google the PR company and see what else they're pushing. If it's just this book ... well, you can draw your own conclusions.I'd definitely say sorry - it's a genuine review or nothing.