This is a fellow author’s thoughts on reviews. I just did a review on this site yesterday. I’m careful with what I agree to review, because I don’t like giving negative reviews, but I believe in being honest.
I’m just getting started in this business. I’m sure someone, once people actually buy my book 😀 , will give me a lousy review. They may even suggest I coerced any good reviews. My personal response would be silence. Unless they recruited an army of friends to leave fake bad reviews, I plan to just let them vent their vitriol.
Has anyone had experience with trolls, bad reviews, and the like? What did you do?
Please, allow me to preface everything I’m about to say with a disclaimer. This is not a knee-jerk reaction to a negative review. I have no issue with honest criticism, especially from someone who digests the entire book but never connects with it. Everyone has individual tastes, and any author who expects to please everyone will soon have that delusion crushed. As an author, I accept that I am open to a certain level of criticism because my work puts me in the public eye. People have a right to voice their opinions about products they have purchased, and if those products do not meet their expectations, they have the right to vent. Customer reviews are a fundamental aspect of free market principles, and I embrace them wholeheartedly.
What I have a problem with is someone questioning my integrity and ethics. For those who may not know, fake customer reviews…
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