There's been a bit of a buzz lately on one of the writing loops I belong to about this very topic.
Some people say they've given their own novels 5 stars on various places, because they love their work and feel they have a right to cast their vote like anyone else.
Me? I won't be doing this when my books come out. Here's why:
1--I wrote the book. I'm naturally biased, because I think I'm brilliant. LOL. So where's my fairness in rating my own stuff? Sorry, but of course I want my book to have the highest ratings possible. (Hey, at least I freely admit it. Don't judge me!)
2--It smacks of desperation (and tackiness, if I can be honest), even if that's not your intent. If you need to rate your own material to help boost your ratings, perhaps send it out to more reviewers instead of "skewing" the results to your favor.
I'd love to hear arguments for both sides, so what do you guys think? Rating your own books--good or bad idea? Dish it, yo!