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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic


Bots and Spammers are routinely purged.

Currently reading

The Man They Wanted Me To Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making
Jared Yates Sexton
Progress: 13 %
Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding
Steven K. Green
Progress: 67/328 pages
Significant Others
Sandra Kitt
Progress: 34 %
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Whoever you are, I think you're a chickenshit coward

I'm referring, of course, to the "big name" author who sent around an email soliciting "beta readers" who would only post 5-star reviews, and only post them when it will do the most benefit to the author's sales.


And while I admire the (questionable) loyalty of your fans who have exposed your stinky plan without revealing just who you are, I have to think that eventually one of them is going to get pissed off enough and out you.  Then the rest of them will be sitting there festooned with the shreds of your reputation.


It's obvious that they know what you're doing is wrong, or they wouldn't have posted copies of your solicitation.  It's obvious that they hold you in high regard or they'd have outed you immediately. 


What may not be so obvious is that you probably don't give a shit.


You can only hope they all take this secret to their graves, because once you're identified, I don't think there's any redemption for you.


You've tainted all of us, readers, reviewers, writers alike.  You may very well have destroyed the last tiny bit of trust readers had in reviewers.  I wrote elsewhere that your reputation will probably sink lower than squid shit, and that may be too high.