Matt Forney
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A Request for People Who’ve Bought or Read My Books

If you’ve bought or read (in the form of a free giveaway or review copy) any one of my books, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. But I have a favor to ask you: if you haven’t already, please post a review of the book on Amazon.

The reason why I’m asking is because I’ve been the victim of a concerted troll attack over the past few weeks, with haters leaving blatantly fake reviews for the sole purpose of dragging down my books’ star ratings. It’s gotten to the point where some haters are willing to spend their own money solely so they can get the “Amazon Verified Purchase” tag on their phony reviews, giving them more heft. These kinds of Amazon troll attacks are common in the manosphere—Roosh’s books, for example, are frequently terrorized by haters—but those writers also get plenty of authentic reviews to drown out the fakes.

Because I’m a relative guppy compared to Roosh, Aaron Clarey or Jack Donovan, I don’t have that to help me.

Amazon is militantly in favor of free speech, which is a good thing in that it allows people like me to speak freely without having to worry about some offended crybaby accusing me of being “hatemongering.” The bad part about Amazon’s policy is that getting them to remove fake reviews—even ones that are obviously fraudulent—is virtually impossible unless they’re openly libelous.

My sales numbers show that thousands of you have read my books, whether you bought them or got them on a giveaway day. If just five percent of you left a review of the books you’ve read, the trolls’ attempts to hurt my bottom line would be blunted. Therefore, I have three requests for you:

  1. Write an Amazon review of the book(s) you’ve bought/read. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace, but it should honestly discuss the book’s qualities and flaws. If you’ve already published a review on your blog or wherever, re-post it on Amazon.
  2. Downvote fake reviews. This will push them off the front page where no one will see them. Note that not every negative review is fake. Fake negative reviews are easy to spot; they’re typically short (often times only one or two sentences long), contain no substantive criticism of the book (instead bashing it in generalities or attacking the author in general), and usually don’t have an “Amazon Verified Purchase” tag. Additionally, if the reviewer in question only has one or a small number of reviews up, and they’re all negative, they’re probably a fake as well. Having negative reviews on every single book an author has published is also a major red flag. Here’s a prime example of a phony review.
  3. Upvote quality reviews. If someone takes the time to accurately dissect the book’s flaws, they should be rewarded by having their review pushed to the top of the front page. Here’s an example of a quality review.

Because I try to practice what I preach, I’m going to start posting my reviews of manosphere books—good, bad and ugly—to Amazon as well: my reviewer profile is here. The manosphere needs to protect itself from enemies foreign and domestic, and ensuring that authors don’t have their sales impacted by haters is a great and easy way to do this. I greatly appreciate your help and will leave this post stickied on the front page until next Tuesday or until I get some more reviews of my books.

  • Click here for Confessions of an Online Hustler’s Amazon page.
  • Click here for The Hitchhiking Crash Course’s page.
  • Click here for Trolling for a Living’s page.