Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Authors Behaving Badly #12

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.

12. Carroll Bryant Publishes a Blogger Hit List!

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: 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?


  1. It's stupid to out them, you only make yourself look bad, because reviews take a long time to write especially for popular bloggers, so sit back and chill it might take a while but it will get done. I so wanted to out a author who promised a winner a book and never followed through, but i simply sent my arc instead. I decided it wasn't worth the hassle to out them, nor would it look professional to potential authors or book agents. But I do know i will never review for them again.

  2. What is sad is this has created this whole new goodreads guidelines now. People's posts on Goodreads can now be "hidden" but the goodreads admin if it mentions authors when it's not needed. WHAT?? yeah nuts! If you haven't read the guidelines get over there and do it. Pretty shocking.


  3. I tried to read a bit from the links you posted but it all looked like a ridiculous argument that has dissolved into mud-slinging and name calling on each side, stemming from a bad breakup. There also seems to be no real proof as I haven't seen a single screen shot anywhere.

    I also think it's a lesson to authors and bloggers to keep their personal lives separated from their business to a degree. No matter what the real story is, I think a lot of people acted in the wrong in this case.

    In general I think authors calling out bloggers for not posting a review seems a bit infantile. While yes, it may suck if you gave them your book and they didn't hold up their end of the bargain, you should be the bigger person and move on. There are plenty of other bloggers and reviewers out there that would love to review a book. Just be sure to not do business with the ones that didn't follow through in the future.

    Reviewers however, on the other hand, should of course follow through with what they promised. It does make them look bad if they truly pulled out the review for no reason. At least write the author an email if it's been a while and let them know you haven't forgotten about them and that you're just busy. Or let them know your review wasn't very favorable so you're choosing not to post it. Though I think it most cases if there is really a blogger who is just out to garner free books without actually reviewing them, they probably won't last long since they aren't actually reviewing any books and the problem will work itself out.

  4. You do realize that you have posyed copyright material off my blog, right? I will give you a week to take it down. Failure to do so will be reported to the DMCA. (And they will shut you down until you remove it) Now remove my copyrighted content.

  5. And FYI - I did not "work myself into a rage" over no show of reviews. I was approaced by people who offered me their service for my product and they failed to offer that service after I provided the product. I couldn't care less about reviews one way or the other. They should have offered me some kind of reimbursment of my product since they backed out of offering their service to me. In the grown up world, we call that business. Learn it.

    If you're not going to go through with your promise, then stop making them.

    1. @ Bryant: What would you prefer? The blogger has posted your statement in full, allowing you to give your side of the issue. She has also kept her comments open so you can provide a defence. She has not re-interpreted your post, nor summarised it. She has allowed you your say.

      Instead, you want her to post only her summary of your public post.

      That's fine. I'm sure her followers would be happy with, and maybe even agree with, the blogger's interpretation of public events. They'll be happy with her providing her own summary.

      But maybe you'll disagree with that, too?

      So far, the blogger has provided a fair and even post about events surrounding you. She has avoided speculating on public-private events on goodreads. She has attempted to provide both sides of the issue. Nothing she has posted is wrong. None of it is hyperbolic nor argumentative.

      You have come onto her blog, proving the value of it, and your interest in it, and posted badly edited/spelt rants. If you wish to take the high road, try another route. This one isn't it.

    2. If she is so impartial and showcasing both sides ... then why did she name the post "Authors Behaving Badly"? That's a negative right from the start.

      Try and find another excuse "bully". Hate only makes you stupid.

  6. Hey Bryant, here's a buck. Now go and phone someone who actually gives a damn.

    1. On 2nd thought, keep your money, you probably need it more than I do.

      Nobody forced her to get involved with this. And if she really wants to write impartial posts about the matter, at the very least, she could contact people to get their side. And she could ask permission to post screen shots or any other material from my blog.

    2. What? Just like you and your little friends at STGRB do? Grow up you fool.

  7. She took a screen shot of my blog and posted it. If she wants to quote me, fine, or leave a link to the post, fine, but to take a screen shot of my post and post it on her blog - she needs my permission.

    I stumbled onto this site by accident so by me coming here in no way proves anything, much less the value of it. The value of any blog is measured by the creator of it and nobody else. If she wanted to show both sides, she would have contacted me to get "my side" - instead, like everyone else, she winged it.

    Thanks for the dollar. However, my calls are free. I'll buy a double cheese burger and send it to you.

    I still wish for the screen shots to be removed. (So much for the high road)

  8. For her to write anything about this situation when she knows nothing of the truth is irresponsible of her. It only makes the situation more volatile and stirs up additional trouble.

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