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In today's issue of JCP News, I talk about putting together a JCP Street Team. Once the newsletter was launched, I was told that "street team" has the negative connotation of a virtual lynch mob that will go out and terrorize reviewers who leave negative reviews. Please understand that I wouldn't dream of encouraging my readers to do such a thing for me. In fact, I would prefer they don't engage with that reviewer, and instead leave their own authentic review. A few 1-star reviews don't sway buyers if a number of readers who enjoyed the book chime in and let others know what they liked about it.

My entire purpose in building a private group to inform about ways to help me promote my work is to minimize the need to authorspam on general social media channels where people would rather be chatting, exchanging pictures, doing memes, and generally hanging out with their online pals. And I would never consider stalking reviewers as "promotional."



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Apr. 15th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
OH wow, I"ve never heard that street teams had that connotation /o\ I know several authors that have street teams and if they knew they were looked at in that way I"m sure they would be appalled. I've never heard them asking their teams to go after negative reviewers it's always about spreading the word. So weird. :((( Too bad they have that reputation.


Apr. 15th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
I talked to my writers' group tonight and they were appalled too, they hadn't heard of that connotation either.
Apr. 16th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
Weird. Well no matter, you're one of the first people I rec to anyone that asks for a new M/M author to read :D
Apr. 16th, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
Aw! *hugs*
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
If I've learned anything, it's that people will find ways to be insulted, offended, or just plain not like something and try to make others follow their beliefs.

No matter what you call it, the lovely stories you share with us will stand out. You're a class act, Jordan, and that'll always come through :)
Apr. 16th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, I would hate to think I seem to be trying to amass a bunch of cyber-bullies :(
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Apr. 16th, 2014 09:57 am (UTC)
It's a relief to hear my reputation is good. Reputation is one thing that's hard to recover if you misstep.
Apr. 16th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of this reference. Good grief!

- Erulisse (one L)
Apr. 18th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I think it mostly works the opposite way, too. I've bought so many books based on excellent reviews on amazon, only to find the book was a dog. I've often thought that friends of the author write these reviews and taint the whole process.

I'm terrible. I write reviews, have just recently started, and I normally only write them for books I find exceptional. I feel weird posting a bad review, or even a lackluster one.

I've actually never thought about people coming together to 'bully' an author, giving them a bad review, but I suppose it happens. Sad, really.

BTW, I think you're the best! Love your Psycop series to death and wish there'd be another one coming soon. Hint, hint! Oh and Channeling Morpheus really does it for me!

Edited at 2014-04-18 08:28 am (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
There are some street teams out there that resemble the Russian mafia. :P

Edited at 2014-04-22 04:11 pm (UTC)
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