So Goodreads finally did it! They finally caved into the authors who behave badly and are now removing reviews based on this very fact. Libertad and I both have weird feelings about this. While I know it’s hard trying to go out there and be an author, traditionally published or Indie, I think in the end this is only going to eradicate what Good reads has worked so hard at, and that is becoming the one of the largest online book communities.
Maybe there are some upsides to it, but for now I can’t really see them. I probably can’t see the plus to it because I started out as a book reviewer and STILL review books on a regular basis. My “book blogging persona” I like to keep separate from my “Author persona”. Why? Because if we reviewed books on here(this being somewhat of an author/writing blog), It would make me feel like as an author I have to like every book i review to save face on my reputation. Many book bloggers go into writing because they like to read so much. While I wrote stories waaaayyyy before i wanted to actually become a novelist, reviewing books on a regular basis made me realize what type of mark i wanted to make as a novelist. I don’t see enough diversity in my favorite types of books, that’s what drove me in this position we’re in right now! But as a reviewer first, I’ve come to the understanding that not everyone is going to be in love with my writing, my stories or even me as a person!
There is no reason for authors to behave badly. In fact this is one of the reasons for this new update on Goodreads. Lots of reviewers will mention in their reviews if the author has a reputation for not being professional. And while I think it’s dumb for the review to solely revolve around the authors behavior and not the actual story, I’d like to know who i’m about to invest my time in. If I leave a bad review, are they going to hound me until I take it down? I’ve been stalked by authors before and I have to say, it made me stop reading their work. I’ve never mentioned things like this in my reviews but I know fellow reviewers who have and they are taking their reviews down without any notice and it’s just really unfair!
Let’s face it, we need reviews; therefore we need reviewers but this change just might alienate authors like me who want to reach out reviewers, whether they like me or dislike me, to read my book. Many of my book blogging buddies are already updating their policies turning down Independently published books, because it’s the Indies that give them the most problems! It’s going to come to the point where Indie authors are going to see a rise in reviewers who charge for their reviews. Do we want that to happen?NO!!!
We Indie authors NEED reviews but reviewers don’t necessarily need free books(even though they are a great gesture!)to review books. I buy nearly 60% of my books, so if the offers stopped coming in for me to review, it wouldn’t make or break me as a book blogger. But if authors find less people who are open to reviewing their independently published book, that could really hurt the Indie Author community!
Word to the wise: Accept that not everyone is going to like your book. When and if you read a bad review; Learn from it. If you’re going to obsess over it, figure out a way that it can help you grow as a writer. But don’t go stalking and trolling reviewers until you wear them down. I think maybe the problem is because we spend so much time writing, we don’t get out and develop any people skills. We stay locked in our houses all day trying to bang out that last draft. And social networking ,while helpful to others, is somewhat of a double edged sword.
We can reach out to readers a number of ways writers couldn’t do in the past, but the worst thing about social networking is that it’s easy to reach out to people who don’t like you and give them a piece of your mind. See it like this: You work in an office, you have a feeling your boss doesn’t really like you, but do you walk into his office and say things to piss him off? No, I don’t think so! You know he would fire you in a hot minute, he’s the boss and you just work there.
The publishing community isn’t that different. People who buy your books are your bosses! They may help you put food on your table or support your writing career through buying your books. Maybe you’re not getting rich off it but you’re still making money on your passion. So if you stalk, troll or harass your “bosses”, they will fire you and will tell all of their friends not to “hire” you, and in the writing community, this could really hurt you as an author. No one wants for people to dislike their books, but reviewers don’t want to deal with annoying, overly sensitive authors. And now this whole goodreads update will be sure to lose a lot of faithful reviewers in the process.
For any of you unfamiliar with the new policy, i’ve added the link for you to read up on it here
Not sure how the new update helps anyone but the authors who continue to troll.Any thoughts?