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: Stephen Leather, who, to quote Wikipedia, 'is a British thriller author currently published by Hodder & Stoughton. He has sold more than two million books in more than ten languages and has written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series.His books have made him one of the top selling Amazon Kindle authors and in 2011 he was the second bestselling UK author worldwide on Kindle.' (Source)
What He Responded Badly To: Oh so many, MANY reviews. Our Stephen has a nasty habit of reading the bad reviews of his books on Amazon and giving the reviewers some, shall we say, tips on how to read and enjoy his book better? It is a joy to behold.
What Made the Fur Fly: Pretty much ALL the 1 star reviews! I have painstakingly screencapped the original reviews and his comments below:
P.S- If you didn't enjoy this blog post I suggest that next time you read a sample of my work first before judging me for this particular piece :-P