reviewers behaving badly

All posts tagged reviewers behaving badly

Reviewers and readers behaving badly. Where does it end?

Published October 23, 2013 by G.L.

In the past, we’ve written about the behavior of authors and how it effects readers and reviewers. At times it appears  to alienate readers from authors, particularly those whom are self published. While traditionally published authors(Im not a name outer, but most people know which traditionally published authors are complete pricks)are still very much capable of putting their foots in their mouths, they often have publicists, or individuals who are there to make sure the boat doesn’t sink(damage control). But self published authors tend to work for themselves, and are penalized when they speak up for their work.

We understand that authors behaving badly is just one side to the story. Due to the world wide web being so simple to maneuver, just about anyone can write and or bully whomever they want, without having to face the person they’re directing their passion toward. Readers and reviewers are very much capable of being even bigger trolls than the authors who just maybe haven’t had a chance to learn online etiquette correctly. Goodreads released a policy a few weeks back that put the drop on reviews commenting on author behavior. I, myself was not affected. But I was lucky, many were not. The deletion of reviews and shelves drove many reviewers and readers to behave badly themselves. Many even refused indie authors, while others purposely began marking every book they did not want to review, with a one star AND no rating. But the bizarre thing is, several readers were performing these acts long before the Goodreads policy change.

It does seem a bit unfair. Authors deserve to know with a constructive review, why their book wasn’t well perceived. It allows an author to tally up common factors that may have come up in their writing that many have noticed, that they themselves did not. It’s the best chance for a writer to improve. I for one, am not turned off by an author by ONE book I’ve read of theirs that I wasn’t a fan of. It may take some time, but Im the type of reader who would give a book by an author of a book I’d read and disliked, another chance with their next work. I draw the line when an author is openly ignorant(cough* a certain science fiction author*cough), but I don’t have to read a person’s work if I don’t like their brand. In fact, I don’t have to give them much thought. So it’s understandable that many authors wish to fight this type of behavior. Im not 100% sure what it will do, as trolls will only find other ways to bug you, but I can understand the action behind it.

But where does it end? Authors behave badly, so reviewers/readers behave badly back. Reviewers/readers behave badly, so in return so will authors. If anyone has a long term solution to this underlining issue, I’d love to know it. I have a particularly thick skin, and numbers and rating scores wouldn’t  particularly bother me, but they bother many authors. So what is a constructive way to go about this?

The Bookmark

Podcast reviews about YA books

Clatter & Clank

Fiction by B R Sanders


Diverse SF&F, No Negativity

Amy McNulty

Author, editor, reader, and fangirl.

devious wisp

writing unusual historical fantasy & reading just about everything

A journey of craft y casa

Writing to find my Latina/Chicana child voice

Read at Midnight

where words light up the night

Mars WaterDragon

Follow my journey to the road of self publishing.....

Condor Musings

A blog for Condor Book Tours & other Literary Musings

Steampunk India

Indian--Dutch-Caribbean Decoctions. May contain traces of female. All Original Materials Copyright © Suna Dasi unless otherwise stated.

My Reading Nook

Voracious reader of all the books

Sumiko Saulson

Things that go bump in my head

Kobo Writing Life

A blog about writing and self publishing

Musings of A Romance Junkie

Romance, Musings, and More

everywhere all the time

decolonizing travel culture

Negra With Tumbao

Follow my journey to the road of self publishing.....

Write Bitches

Three girls bent on world domination, one story at a time…Not really…Well, yeah, really

The Candid Cover

Canadian YA Book Blog

Lekeisha The Booknerd

Addicted To All Things Bookish

Gabriella West

Bio, writings, reviews, and updates

The BiblioSanctum

A Book Blog for Speculative Fiction, Graphic Novels... and more!

The Secret Weekend (Writer) Warrior

My rumminations and experiences about writing and anything else that comes to mind

- as Others -

An online literary magazine exploring social Otherness

Elisha Maria Miranda

Pulling Focus: Dailies of a Director, Writer and Educator


Gift giving made easy

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

And, for good measure, a bit of Cooking and Eating

The Indie Colophon

An Indie Publishing Blog

Bookshelf Fantasies

A Life Amidst Books


All books, reviews, genres, and bookish types welcome

%d bloggers like this: