No, wait, there is a point to this thread. Best-selling author RJ Ellory (one of my favourite thriller writers of recent years) has recently admitted to writing so-called 'Sock Puppet' reviews of his own books. He was exposed by another writer, Jeremy Duns, leading to the admission http://storify.com/stevemosby/jeremy-duns-on-r-j-ellory Of his own story, Ellory said (under the alias Nicodemus Jones): http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...37+&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a Ellory also used the Jones alias to slate Brit crime novelist Mark Billingham. The writer who exposed him, Duns, has also exposed the writer Stephen Leather, who has said: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/03/rj-ellory-secret-amazon-reviews Two writers from my own part of the world, Stuart Neville and Sam Millar, have been involved in a spat about this issue, Neville accusing Millar of using sock puppets to give bad reviews to his (Neville's) books. Millar has denied this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19465081 The Crime Writers Association has issued a letter condemning the practice http://itsacrimeuk.wordpress.com/ But it's not unique to crime or even fiction writers. Some years ago, historian Orlando Figes was exposed as being involved in this practice too. I just wondered what you authors from the BBS thought of the practice. Is it something everyone knows about or are you as shocked to hear about this as the rest of us?