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Hey Authors! Don’t Do This!

You all know that I’m not only a reviewer, but I’m also an author.  My years of reviewing have taught me how to take every review seriously, yet with a grain of salt.  Even a negative review can teach you something as an author, and it’s always best to thank the reviewer for taking the time and energy to read and review your book.  It really is true that even bad press is good press.  I’ve had followers go out and read books I’ve panned on this blog purely because what I didn’t like they thought they would like.  It happens.  Even if that were not the case, however, writing is a craft and an art-form.  It is always able to be improved.  For instance, I’m working on the second Tova Gallagher book right now and am taking all of the critiques I got on the first one to heart when writing it.  If you think you are perfect, your writing will never improve.  Even the famous writers like King and Palahniuk have received bad reviews.

So, what’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when you receive a bad review from a reviewer?  Oh how about send them an email in which you look like a pretentious twit, such as this email sent to me by Adam Pepper who wrote Symphony of Blood that got 2 out of 5 stars from me yesterday (only edited to leave out the hi and bye):

I really appreciate the time and care you gave to my book.  Wow.  It was rather scathing.  I accept that you don’t like the story structure and that you found the characters unlikeable.  However, your lack of editing comments I think were unfair.  Yager is hardly a capital offense and rippled wasn’t an error at all.  Most importantly, the only present tense that appears in the book is an intentional style choice that reflects the conversational voice of the narrator.  That may not have worked for you but it does not reflect some bumbling ineptness of the author to understand the proper use of tense, as you portray it in your review.


Again, thanks for the review.  I’m sorry the book didn’t work for you.

Let me translate this.  “Ok, I’m going to say thanks but OMG YOU ARE WRONG MY BOOK IS AWESOME YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND ME.”

I don’t know about you all, but I do know that when I’m reading a published book I expect it not to have spelling errors as obvious as Jaeger spelled wrong. I’M JUST SAYING.  “Hardly a capital offense”? Ok. I suppose you’d say the same thing to your accountant if he put the decimal point in the wrong place.

THIS IS YOUR CRAFT.  You should be taking pride in it, not excusing your mistakes as “not a capital offense.”

But no.  You’d rather be a defensive child.  Ok. Good luck with that.

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  1. October 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Wow. Just wow, Amanda. That’s rather harsh. You did edit more than hi and bye. You took out my disputing that “rippled” was used incorrectly. But that’s a small point. I admit, I should not have responded to your review. That was a mistake. As an author yourself, you should understand that we grow close to our work. However, your “translation” is totally unfair. There is nothing to translate. I respect where you gave your opinions, but disputed your knocks on my style choices, because you presented them as errors. Ridiculing me in public is both unfair and uncalled for. I’ve been nothing but polite and courteous in all correspondence and would appreciate the same I return.

    • October 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Actually, no I didn’t. It’s right there after the “capital offense” comment. Clearly reading comprehension is a problem for you as well, yes?

      You have NOT been polite. You’ve been a rude, petulant child, which is why I aired your dirty laundry for everyone to see.

      And for the record, I have received bad reviews and simply said “thank you for taking the time to read and review my work” in return. THAT IS WHAT POLITE IS.

  2. October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Amen, honey. If an author thinks it’s acceptable to have book published with not just poor writing, but numerous grammatical and spelling errors, and then expects praise for their not-much-of-an-effort, I don’t know what to say other than, “Thanks for putting the crap in crapft.”

    • October 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      LOL! Thanks for the support, love!

  3. October 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    He replied again? Wow.

    • October 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      *Snort* Yeah. Wow’s a good word for it. 😉

  4. October 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    It wasn’t my finest moment. I’m sorry. I really do appreciate the time you gave my work, Amanda.

  1. October 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

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