Due to the unprecedented number of online personal attacks on indie authors we petition the Whitehouse to direct the Attorney General to investigate the wide spread problem of stalking, bullying , harassment, intimidation, criminal defamation and libel originating from the websites goodreads.com and Amazon.com. There resides on these sites a gang of serial criminals who endlessly attack writers with the express intent to damage, reputations, careers and trade. These criminals terrorize writers on a regular basis and we, the victims, want it stopped.
If I may quote a previous occupant of the Oval Office, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!
What these thin-skinned authors have to realize is, not everyone is going to bow at your feet just because you clicked “publish” on an e-book website like Amazon. Some people are going to like your book, some people aren’t. That’s life. And, speaking as a reviewer, a good deal of what’s independently published these days is nothing short of dreck.
If you’re going to get into the authorship business, you need to develop the hide of the proverbial rhinoceros. People are going to pan your book, especially if there are grammar and spelling errors. No matter how good your book, people are going to write bad things about it. Even Hunger Games, one of the most popular modern books, has over 300 one-star reviews like this one. Harry Potter’s first book also received negative reviews like this. Do the people pushing this petition really think they’re better writers than modern bestselling authors like Suzanne Collins and J. K. Rowling? I got news for you, you’re probably not. Even if you are the greatest American author since Mark Twain, you’re going to get your share of bad reviews.
Bad reviews happen. How you deal with them says a lot about how mature you are as a person. An immature person goes screaming to the nearest authority figure, saying, “Mommy! (Teacher! Mr. President!) They’re being mean to me! Make them stop!” A mature soul looks at it and says, you can’t please everyone. Then the professional author tries his darnedest to make the next book even better, especially if the bad reviews pointed out errors in a previous book. An unprofessional author, on the other hand, just keeps repeating the same mistakes and then wonders why his books aren’t selling. A really unprofessional and immature author publicly lashes out at those who write negative reviews.
Of course, not everyone is going to like my book Librarian (once I get it published). I understand that. I’m ready for bad reviews, and I hope to handle them like the mature professional author I want to be.
Heck, not everyone is going to like this post, and some might even say so in the comments. I understand that too. Go ahead, fire away. I have thick skin.