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Welcome to my Sunday Wrap Up Post! #swup
It’s been pointed out to me that some people may be abusing the Book Cover of the Month Poll, since it first opened in March this year. I hate to say this, but I understand what people are saying. Apparently there is a way to override the PollDaddy polls using a method of which I’d rather keep to myself for now. But today I also discovered in addition to this, there is someone contacting authors involved saying they can get them in top place or second, or even third, in exchange for money. Really????? This person, obviously knows how to beat the system, too, and is taking advantage of authors, myself, and jeopardising my whole contest in the process. Top that with me feeling like a complete mug, too. Well, I’m sure you can guess how I’m feeling.
I’m SO upset with this. These posts take me a long while to set up and prepare. They’re the most time-consuming of all my posts. I’m doing this to help support Indie authors, who may not be able to get their books noticed as much as those traditionally published. I really dislike the thought of my polls being tainted with this issue, and of course my reputation. I’ve even had an author ask to be removed from one of the past contests, because they too thought something suspicious going on. Naively I thought maybe this was possible, but not likely happening. After all, I’m just a small blog doing my thing, in the great big scheme of things.
I’d like to point out that that I’m not accusing anyone who has won in previous contests, for all I know you’ve got a lot of fans, and I do allow you to vote once a week! What prompted me to write this was the author who very kindly emailed me to say they’d been approached by someone asking for money to get them to win. This is my major concern. Although, clearly not my only one.
So in short, I’m asking you if you know of any poll companies who stop this from happening. I’m also asking you to bear with me as I’m most likely going to postpone next month’s contest until I’ve got this sorted.
Apologies to all the decent, hardworking authors and cover artists out there! Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
What do you think?
Any recommended solutions? What would you do in my situation? Please either leave me a comment below or feel free to contact me off list.
Your help is very much appreciated. THANK YOU!!!
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