It’s been a hard week for me, and I am finding that trying to stay
positive and upbeat is not coming so easily. Last night was the comments that broke this authors back, so let me set up how my late night ended as it
A few months back I was checking out some reviews of a book I just
received from a giveaway. I noticed a 1-star review which grabbed my attention, I tend to read poor reviews before the shiny 5-stars. This Blogger who was given an ARC of the book, didn’t even read it, she gave the book to her husband to read and review for her, who also didn’t read the book but gave it a 1-star review.
There were lots of comments on the review, one in particular caught my
Boooo!! I can't get over the fact that you are having your husband write a review for you. Ugh.. This book rocked and I don't think your husband would know the difference between a good or bad book. As a reviewer, if my review pile is too big, I simply wait until I have the time to really pay attention to the book.Therefore, I do believe you need to not have such a big review pile. It just doesn't do any book any kind of justice, whether it is a good or bad book.
These authors bust their butts for readers. We need positive energy to go into reviews. Now I feel like I have wasted my awesome writing skills upon someone that didn't even finish the book!
Now this one caught my attention because I agreed with what she had to
say. Was it a bit harsh? Maybe.
I commented by saying:
You go (removed the name of the above commenter)! As an author I'm irritated by this simply because I would rather know that someone who reviewed my book actually read it and didn't pass it off to their mate. I've waited months for reviews and was confident that my book was given the time it deserved. This book is on my TBR list and it will absolutely remain there and you can bet that when I get to it I will review it after FINISHING
In hindsight, I shouldn’t have said a word, but my point (which admittedly I didn’t get across very well) was that authors send out a ton of ARC’s we giveaway books and we know not everyone will like what we’ve written but as a blogger she made a commitment to give this book her time
and attention and read and review it.
Well my comment caused two individuals to attack me; yes I considered it an attack. And there platform was that because I am an author I have no right to express this opinion. Here’s how the thread progressed.
Wow. Authors berating reviewers is an awesome way to develop a solid fan base. Good luck with your careers.
(I didn’t realize I was doing that, agreeing with someone else means I was personally berating her)
As an author, reviews are not for you. Reviewers are not your beta-readers. They don't owe you anything. Reviews are for the reviewers themselves, friends, or other random readers. As an author, you should be thankful they even gave your book a chance. (I am not sure how this applies to me, as this was not a review on my own book) then it continues…
Ya know, it's one thing when one reader/reviewer makes the unfortunate decision to net-nanny another reader. But OMG, a fecking author doesn't have the wherewithal to stay off a review thread and actually SUPPORTS such nonsense?!
Ms. McMinimy, I already had one of your books as "pass" due to poor writing. The rest of them will now join its brethren due to your poor and utterly unprofessional behaviour. *SMDH and goes off to shelve*
Ok can I just say I have no idea what net-nanny means.
Again let me say that’s fine that she doesn’t want to read my books.
Yet I don’t think professionalism has anything to do with it, this was my
opinion on something that had nothing to do with my writing, I probably
shouldn’t have mention the fact that I was an author I was just stating my
opinion from a different perspective then the others. I was defended by a couple people which I greatly appreciate, but the other two seemed quick to attack them and at one point called one of them stupid in a roundabout way. Worse then that one of these people is a GR Librarian. Where is her professionalism?
At one point someone decided to imply that I was Brandy
a GR member who was defending me. I AM NOT HER.
A big deal was made over me deleting the comment… what else was I
supposed to do? It obviously offended them. I thought that was the point of them going after me.
To make me take the comment down.
Anyway this is getting long and I am sure that you are tired of reading
this, the point is that I am still human and I have opinions, though now I will forever question if I am allowed to share them.
On that note… to the reviewer, I apologize. To the two who defended me:
thank you, I appreciate that you were able to understand what I was trying to say. To the other two who were on the defense: well I have nothing nice to say to you as you accused me of many things that I didn’t include in this post. You both hide behind private profiles and attack others for not having had their GR account long enough to say anything (yes that happened) and as a GR Librarian perhaps you should think about how professional attacking multiple people on one thread is.
Again I am human and perhaps this is not a smart post, but I am hurt, I
am pissed for how I was treated, for how the others were treated. And I think that the Librarian and her friend need to find something else to do as the author of the review chose to let it all go and made no attempt to join in on this ridiculousness.
Ultimately I regret saying anything. This was blown out of proportion. Anyone who knows me knows I am not out to hurt anyone, I am sincere and honest, and I am not looking to start any fights. And if this keeps people from reading my books then that’s something I will have to deal with, though I have never addressed a negative review given on any of my books and it will never be my practice to address them. So I am sorry if this offended anyone. I am sharing this as I have no plans to hide from the whole thing (if I had wanted to hide I would have been a whole lot smarter and written everything under a pen name) I figure it’s better to deal with it here and now. Have a great day all.