Probably so, and I don't mind author comments, because I don't hold them in very high regard. The works stand by themselves, and either succeed or fail by that measure, not how the author portrays it. I go back and forth on this one. Yes, on the one hand it is a terrible look and insulting your potential customer is a terrible business plan. On the other side, none of these authors know me, or usually the fan base (at least in my experience) and their comments are trite, surface level, and generally uniformed. So I cannot be insulted by it because I do not find any value in those comments because they don't apply to me. They don't know me enough to insult me. Authors would do well to write their works, let them stand and fall, and let the fans kvetch amongst themselves.