Part of this was posted on March 31, 2011. It was in response to a young woman from England self-pubbing her work and then responding to a review that she requested with all sort of colorful language and innuendos. I decided to revisit her Amazon site to find that she has put out two other books which, of course, had mostly ones for review and the colorful comments that she left for all of the reviewers. She learned nothing from her earlier tirade with the initial reviewer almost 4 years ago.
It’s is truly sad, like someone who doesn’t want to do his or her homework, then screams and hollers when the teacher gives them an E!
Don’t be burning bridges, folks. If you want a chance to one day get it right and have a good novel, be sure there are still people willing to review it. Folks who you haven’t visited on their site and tried to annihilate their reputations. So, here’s the original post(with a couple additions) that was on Hartline’s blog 3/31/3011.
Soooooo, how does it make you feel when someone gives your book a poor review? Or, if you're unpubbed, if your crit partners let you have it? I'm sure many of you have already read about the British self-pubbed author who was:
Let's say. . . . . .
Less than happy about a review she received. She launched into a rant the likes of which a two-year-old toddler would have been proud, or maybe even embarrassed. Depending on the toddler.
For those of you who might have missed it, here's the URL: http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2011/03/greek-seaman-jacqueline-howett.html (most of the author’s comments have since been removed).
Be prepared, however, it's full of slightly (ahem) colorful language. Knowing that agents and editors might tune in to the continuing saga (not sure I've EVER seen that many responses to a blog) would you really want to be remembered as the author who had the internet meltdown? Granted, she might be suffering from menopausal issues (I hope there's a logical reason) but then again, she might not.
Folks, don't burn any bridges in this industry. It isn't worth it.
IF you respond to a bad review at all, simply thank the person for taking the time to read your work, whether a reviewer or a crit partner, and move on. I hope no one within reading distance of this post EVER responds in like.
Good luck, happy writing, may all your reviews be AMAZING and HONEST (and not posted by YOU under an assumed name)!