I just started on Fiverr. Two sales so far, so … yay!!
Got my third one this week, and it was to read someone’s story. As an author myself, this is very close to home, so I set it up to read and review this person’s work. They sent me the Amazon link, and it turned out to be a series of pictures (no text at all!! Not a single word.) that this guy had snarfed from the internet, flickr, etc.Only about 30 pictures that he then started the series over, for 10 full runs, making a “book” of 300+ pages.
I quickly got the impression that he wanted me to “review” it so that he could get the download credit on Kindle Unlimited.
I could not, in all honesty leave a review. Nor could I continue to the 5 other “works” he had posted.
- How can I handle that here? Is there any recourse aside from canceling the transaction?
- Does canceling hurt my ranking or stats? He was dishonest with me – wanting me to review his writing, for which there was none – not the other way around.
In the end, I did try to turn over those links to Amazon as they are a clear violation of their publication policies. (Side rant: do you know how hard it is to turn that kind of work in as fraudulent?! I spoke with three different Amazon reps who just about laughed at me. I finally spoke with a rep who would at least LOOK at the book. They didn’t even want the remaining links I had for the other “works” this guy had under other names.)
The guy just made my skin crawl, and I don’t really know what recourse I have here.