Comments: 37
SilverThistle 4 years ago
And another one makes it to the nope shelf...
To whomever it may concern: you are a large part of the reason why I want to fuck over Earth to bring Cybertron to it's former golden age, and live there instead. (Although, to be fair, you're not the largest reason. 'Cos my robot love>assholes irritating me.)
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
Gee, what thanks you get for accepting her spam request against stated policies. I barely have the energy to mark hers as from a BBA to never review or I might have some left over to acknowledge at least she didn't say the negative review bullied her (the "mean" crack came way too close -- it's a book review not a love fest or hate campaign ya speshul snowflakes!). 2014. Wow!
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
It's mostly my guilt that made me accept it too. I felt like I was completely closing off self-published authors when we all know there ARE some wonderful self-pubbed authors out there, just in the minority and seriously, this was not what I expected -.-
Derrolyn Anderson 4 years ago
This makes me very sad... and angry. More and more reviewers are refusing indies and I understand why :(
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
I would not give her the additional notoriety by naming names but would reword your policy to note that you just made an exception and encountered exactly the type of author that reinforces ...
Howdy YAL! 4 years ago
Thanks for posting this. Sigh, the sad thing is I might've have given this one a chance if it hadn't been for her tantrum. I really hate saying this, but I'm almost at the point of screening indies. I don't want to give up on them all together because there are a lot of great authors out there, but I'm just really tired of them acting, well, like this.
It's been said over and over again, but every author gets negative reviews. Why do so many indies feel like they need to take it personal when they get a negative review after so many positives? If all of the big authors did this, they'd be having tantrums daily.
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
The funny thing is that even some of the big ones pull this shit :/
But the thing with her is she didn't take offence at the review, at first, and then she went bzerk and completely lost it.
Khanh the Killjoy 4 years ago
Oh my god, are you fucking kidding me? This is why I don't read self-pub. These few authors are giving indie authors a bad name.
It is completely baffling to me how incredibly childish these BBAs are. I cannot fathom how they can go through life and never expect that something they may do might not be universally praised. Well, this only reinforces my choice to stay away from self-pubbed authors.
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
She decided that this would be a good time to throw a pity party and so she decided to call the quits at writing and kind of just insulted authors too.
Sock Poppet at Play 4 years ago
Dare I say that I'm not the only reader she insulted when she stated that reading a negative review and deciding not to read a book means one is close minded?

The reason I read negative reviews first is because I know that's where I'm going to find out what I need to know to decide if I want to read a book or not. Sometimes it tilts in the direction of no, but sometimes it's in the yes direction. One reviewer's thoughts can sway me against a book if what they say are things I also don't like. But equally, one reviewer's thoughts can sway me for a book if their statements are things that don't bother me or are things I like.

Authors should really spend some time not only reading their reviews, but reading what readers say about reading reviews. It might save them from stressing and save them from embarrassing public displays of nimcompoopery.
Khanh the Killjoy 4 years ago
That was fast...and rather sad. Criticism...everyone gets them. Why take it so seriously?
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
I just read through that link. Not sure why she's says everyone is "hating on" her books. Or how she's going to blog about books if she considers a negative review "hating" -- is she only going to endlessly praise everyone else's books?

Reacting badly to the blogger that did write a review after all those efforts not showing very good business sense. Ignoring the review and review comments or blandly saying "thanks for the feedback" would have put her on a shortlist of SPA that bloggers would review. Reacting badly, well ... after all those efforts she put in, finally gets a return and ...

Is she just trying to make us mean reviewers responsible for her career choices? Who blames one partly negative review for ending a career? I'd have a lot more respect if she had stopped with just saying that her real life was incredibly busy, her children needed her more, that it was discouraging to see so little results and so few reviews after the efforts she put into it—maybe she was just waiting for that first negative review as an excuse so she can blast all the horrible reviewers and bloggers and blame them for her choices.

Not a blog or reviews I will follow because I won't expect honest reviews.

I wish wherever indie authors learned to say things about how evil a negative reviewer is that they also learned that, yes, even after writing the book, there is more work to do and that if you choose to self publish that that is still yet, wait for it, more work to do -- in fact the work of several people a trad. Publisher will have on staff to do for you -- and that, even then, just because you put in x number of hours on y number of sites contacting z number of potential reviewers that there was no set return to expect.
ashwednesday 4 years ago
WTF, did she just review your review? #reviewception
That person is just sad.
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
Yes... it's amusing now that you put it that way :P :P
She IS sad. She keeps on digging herself further in.
Khanh the Killjoy 4 years ago
And it's not one review that's brought everything crashing down that she's worked so hard to build. It's her comment.
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
Oh but according to her, there wasn't much to start with so there is no point in writing anymore boo hoo
-.-
Liz Loves Books.Com. 4 years ago
So sorry you have to put up with this yuck! Is it ok for me to share this blogpost on Twitter? I don't want to cause you more grief but I think this is a good example of why Indie authors have problems finding reviewers. I won't unless you say so though. I know that BL is a kind of safe haven for talking through these issues without the world watching :)
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
I don't mind! Go ahead!!! :)
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
SAME HERE. I've been selective with self pubbed but since I hadn't attempted a new one for a while, I thought I'd give this a shot. We can all see how that worked out.
Liz Loves Books.Com. 4 years ago
I have done. Thanks. Hope you get a better reading experience next time! :)
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
Yup
Liz Loves Books.Com. 4 years ago
Its getting some attention on Twitter now. One of my author friends commented "Its a bit grim". I'm like, yeah you don't know the half of it! I think its important to get out there. Its a shame that a few SPA's have to ruin it for the ones actually looking for and appreciating honest reviews. I do review SPA's but only by recommendation and after some research.
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
I think it's a good thing because authors should know the kind of relationship reviewers want with them :/
All these situations make it hard for us to want to read self pubbed authors no matter how intriguing their book sounds.
Liz Loves Books.Com. 4 years ago
Well its being retweeted A LOT and I seem to have gotten myself into a discussion about SPA's the fact that its not limited to them (which is true see Anne Rice!) but also a lot of support for the thought that ANY author be they SP or traditional need to learn how to accept the bad reviews. So it gets the word out, perhaps gives that NEXT author pause for thought. So if anyone else encounters this sort of shite I will gladly twitter away.
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
On the comments of one of the reblogs of this, someone mentioned that the overreaction may be because your review sounded real but that the others sounded awfully boilerplate as if came from fivver or other paid review services.

So maybe the overreaction (still not justified) came not from getting a negative review after so much praise but from the only real review they got ...
Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
I was actually wondering about that one. she says somewhere that most of her purchases were family and friends... so were they the ones posting reviews for her books?
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
LOL, so maybe she's not comparing this negative review to one of many positive ones, she is comparing this reviewer's words against her mommy's or her BFF's praise...
Sock Poppet at Play 4 years ago
Rashika said:
"I was actually wondering about that one. she says somewhere that most of her purchases were family and friends... so were they the ones posting reviews for her books?"

That's probably the case, thus why she couldn't handle a real negative review. She seems to have had completely unreal expectations. She said she published her book in June 2013 and things haven't gone as well as she thought? What the heck did she expect to happen in 8 months, with just one book published? How many authors strike it big in 8 months?

Rashika, The Book Owl 4 years ago
I am pretty sure there are plenty of traditionally published books that don't have tons of ratings/reviews -.-
I have no idea what she expected, the negative review which (I think) she was referring to was a paragraph and while I am not bashing the reviewer, its hard to cover everything within a paragraph.