Authors! Not getting enough ratings and reviews on Goodreads? Already tried rating (5 stars obviously) and reviewing your own book, only to find the rating from the author doesn’t count? Fear not, there is an answer! Sock puppets!
What is a sock puppet you ask? It’s a fake identity set up by the author on Goodreads, or elsewhere, pretending to be someone else, totally not the author, for the purpose of “reviewing” and rating the author’s own book – with high ratings to bring the average rating up, and gushing reviews about how amazing this book is.
I’ve been sadly disappointed with the quality of sock puppets I’ve seen on Goodreads lately. A bad sock puppet is an obvious one. A profile with no details, no picture, with only one author’s books shelved and only friends with the author and with other suspected socks. Sorry, that’s fooling nobody. You can do better than that! You’re an author. Making people up out of your imagination is your bread and butter. In a book you call them characters. So take the same approach to your socks.