Today I’m going to address an issue that seems to be taking over the Internet and causing some real outward ripples. I’m talking about bad book reviews.
Now, I don’t mean reviews that say things like, “This book wasn’t for me” or “I didn’t enjoy it” or “I never felt connected to the characters.” Reviewers don’t have to like everything they read – if they did, what would be the point of having reviews? If every author everywhere got nothing but five stars all the time, the buyer wouldn’t have any basis to go from, and we might as well do away with reviews altogether.
I’m talking about the book reviews that slam and hurt and demean. I’ve seen reviewers say that authors should give up, that they never should have even put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, in today’s world), and any number of other hurtful things – including “This author is too stupid to live.”
Let’s pause for just a second and think (more…)