Authors Behaving Badly: When
Authors React Badly to Negative Reviews and Criticism!
Or: How NOT to Handle Bad Reviews!
When an author puts a book out into the world they must know it's not going to get completely positive feedback. All books, throughout history, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, have people who love them and people who hate them. And most authors handle the negative reviews pretty well (even if they're crying inside).
However, some authors decide that they want to fight their critics. Some get personal. Some get downright nasty. Did someone say car crash?
I was originally going to post one article on this but so many authors have behaved badly that I thought I would make it a weekly feature! I bringz you all the drama every Thursday from authors who have been a little naughty.
Who Is He: Carroll Bryant, self-published author of 'Children of the Flower Power'
What He Responded Badly To: He sent copies of his book to a number of bloggers and, according to him, they never posted the reviews they promised him.
What Made the Fur Fly: Well. Carroll Bryant seems to have worked himself up into quite a rage due to the no-show of a number of reviews of his book. Here is a little...essay...on the subject that he posted on his blog in July:
He then goes on to post a list of the blogs who he feels have wronged him. I am not going to re-post it here.
There is a lot of speculation and Chinese whispers about how and why Carroll was blocked from Goodreads in the first place. And how his break-up with a book blogger led to this outburst as it was the break-up that prompted her friends to reject his book. If you want to read all that drama then go here: http://goodreadsfollies.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/indie-authors-melt-down-on-gr.html As there are no screencaps and all the original sources have been deleted, I didn't want to state it as fact in this post. But yeah...SERIOUS arguing and insults being thrown around there!
Also, to add to the drama, one of the blogs he listed on his blacklist has since ceased operation (the blogger in question was very well respected and established and will be missed). I can't find proof of this so I can't say definitively that it is true, but the fallout from Carroll's many Tweets and Goodreads comments, not to mention his blog hit list, seems to be pretty big.
Do you think it's right to get revenge on reviewers who don't deliver, or is outing them so publicly a little tasteless?