Bad Reviews: Nothing Personal, Just Business
Today’s Brew: All the coffee.
One star reviews blow. There’s no way around that one, but there’s no way to prevent them, either. You wrote the book you had to write. Not everyone is going to agree that it’s a masterpiece. That’s fine. I have read plenty of much hyped, best selling books that I can barely stand to finish. I usually just don’t review them.
As more of my friends release books, I find myself spending more time paying attention to the reviews books in general receive. Everyone has some clunkers. Like I said, nothing wrong with that. A one or two star review with valid reasoning of why someone did not enjoy the book is helpful to other readers.
A mean spirited insult fest is not.
There seems to be a crop of these mean reviewers online who enjoy doling out these spiteful reviews. It’s pretty easy to do, sitting anonymously behind a computer screen using a screen name. I have to wonder if they put themselves out there at all or attempt anything creative. It’s pretty easy to criticize when you have no idea what goes into a creative process.
What really got me hot was a recent one star given to a fellow writer. It had 22 comments. I clicked on it, figuring it would be people disagreeing. I was absolutely disgusted by what I found.
The thread developed into a personal attack on the writer. Making fun of her and her bio. What. The. Actual. Fuck. I can’t even begin to tell you how uncalled for this is. And if it’s a surprise to you that this behavior is considered piss poor, get off my blog. Now. Really, I’ll hold the door for you. If you want to be considered a professional book reviewer (this person had an advanced copy of the book), you need to pay heed to that first word. Professional. Personal attacks are disgusting in middle school and even more deplorable from adults. I hope the publisher of this book bans this reviewer from getting any more advance, FREE copies of their books. Again, not because of the bad review, but because this person doesn’t deserve the perks of their job until they learn how to express their opinions in a professional manner.
For all the people who joined in on this attack, shame on you. You write a book, you put yourself out there, and then after it’s all said and done, go back and read what you wrote. I’ll wait. You should be ashamed of yourself if you’ve participated in this. Dislike the book all you want, but don’t attack a person you know nothing about.