Here's a perfect example of how things spin out of control due to over-zealous reviewers.
I received this review on I've Been Deader.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was it the greatest book I ever read? No. But a fun read. Highly recommend!"
Okay. So my biggest fan. But I didn't want her to feel ignored, so I left the following comment:
first I wasn't going to respond to this, but it is obvious to me that
you read too much. Many people only read less than one or two books a year and if
they read mine, it is very possible that "I've Been Deader" would be the greatest book
they ever read. Please try to think before you post next time. Thank you."
I figured that would be the end of it. But two hours later, the same reviewer responded:
I was going to let it go, but it gnawed at me all day. So after dinner I logged back on:
was surprised that your reply was a one word bit of snark rather than
an apology. I have to question whether you actually read my book or if
perhaps you have some other agenda. Either way, please take your
Negative Nancy attitude somewhere else. I did not spend several hours
of my long weekend writing a novel just so you could shit all over it!
know you're thinking: 'That's a reasonable request. I'm sure that was
the end of it." Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. Ten minutes later
"another" reviewer posted a comment.
You are an
author, not God. You don't get to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to a
reviewer's comment. Your job is to shut up and write. I haven't read
your book and now I never will. You are going on my "Would rather poke
myself in the eye" shelf. Shame on you."
Well, this gave me
pause. I certainly never intended to alienate anyone while expressing my
opinion and I thought maybe I just wasn't making myself clear to the
reviewer or this new person. It was probably time for some damage
"Fuck off. If you were a real reader, you
wouldn't be trolling my book page looking for an excuse to trash my
novel. Maybe you need to step back, take a breath, and ask yourself why
you are behaving like such a jerk. I understand that my book, no matter how
well-written, won't be for everyone. But the reviewer did not have to
say it wasn't the greatest thing she had ever read. I mean, how does
that help anyone? Do we know what else she's read? Or if she has
trouble understanding more detailed stories like mine? Or maybe she's just a liar. I wonder what she tells her husband when she goes out at night!
I am not trying to insult either of you idiots. All I ask is that next time you take a minute and think before you post."
That's where we left it. I'll let you know when I get an apology.