I really wish with every beat of my cold, black heart that folks would stop expecting reviewers to be all that is sweet, nice and helpful. And telling them to shut the hell up if they have nothing nice and/or constructive to say. That is not how this works. When you put a book "out there" and expect people to shell out their cash in order to buy it, when they could be buying things like food or anything else, you need to know that not everyone is going to be thrilled and love it to pieces. People have different tastes. It's true. And remember that the internet, which is not going away, makes it easy for them to express their discontent. Expect it. It will happen no matter how many 5 star reviews your work receives. Someone will hate something about it. Cry into your pillow, curse them out to your lover and hug your dog (but not too hard) but whatever you do, I beg of you, do not send off an angry email in a huff and do not voice your displeasure on a public forum anywhere. It will come back to haunt you.
So what brought this on so early into 2013, you might ask?
Well, here I was all innocently reading comments in my favorite Goodreads Group "Horror Aficionados" when I stumbled across a comment in the "What Are You Reading" thread. I was not looking for any trouble. In fact, I do my best to avoid the drama because life is dramatic enough and I need to spend more time reading books. But, as I'm already falling down on my resolutions quite nicely, thank you very much, I have to comment on this. Hopefully it will be the last time I see something like this crop up. Hope remains eternal in 2013.
"Cynthia wrote: "I also read one suspense/thriller book that bummed me out. Then got an email from the author because I wrote a negative review on it lol! Oh well! :) ..."
This is so offputting, ev..."
I got the book Into the arms of madness free in exchange for an honest review. I gave her an HONEST review--a sarcastic one, but an honest review nonetheless. I wrote exactly what I was thinking after I finished the book. She pretty much summed up to me that she only wants positive reviews. Really? WTH? Lol! IMHO, the story had some serious problems. She's a new author and apparently hasn't had much experience with negative reviews. She's in the wrong profession if she can't handle criticism.
Hmmm, being the nosy parker that I am I clicked on the book link and read the review in question. It made me laugh and also made me interested in the book. Yes, the sarcastic 2 star review made me interested in reading the book. It sounded completely crazy and like something I would probably love. I'm weird like that. But then I clicked on Cynthia's profile page, which linked me to her blog (told you I was nosy) and I saw this post right there on the Book Hollow homepage titled "AUTHORS AND NEGATIVE REVIEWS" and I had to look. I wish I hadn't but now it's too late. Basically the author sent off her manuscript to a review hub expecting a positive review or nothing at all and argued with the reviewer via email. Now I cannot in good conscience buy this book knowing I can't review it or I may have some poo flung my way if I don't go all gushy. And with 3 cats and 2 large dogs, believe me, there's more than enough poo to go around here. This makes me sad for me and for the author who didn't know that bad reviews will not kill sales but bad behavior probably will. So I will say this again, please gals and guys don't shoot yourself in the foot this way. I appreciate what you do but that doesn't mean I'm going to love every word or every book you write. That is all.
Many authors get this and as I stumble across them I will update my post with their links. If I missed someone feel free to send me a link.
Yasmine Galenorn (I haven't liked a single one of her books but her attitude is brilliant)
What are your thoughts on honest but maybe not-so-nice reviews?
Should they be stopped and the reviewer skinned alive?