Author Faux Pas?


Since I took yesterday off (I finished writing my novella), I went book shopping. Amazon made a recommendation that looked interesting. I clicked the link and pulled up the Kindle edition of the book.

There were over 100 reviews. I started reading a few. When reading reviews, I try to be objective. I read a handful from each star level and noticed a trend. If the reviewer left three or fewer stars there was a comments thread. Since that seemed odd, I opened a few.

All the threads were started by the books author. In the beginning comment, it sounded like she was looking for constructive criticism (ie: what didn’t you like), by the end of the threads age was basically calling the reviewer an idiot.

I did not buy the book and felt like the author had transgressed some written rule. Thoughts?

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  1. Maria D.

     /  August 3, 2013

    That is totally bad author behavior and I’ve seen a couple of reviews like that and have avoided the book like it has the plague!

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    • Maria –

      I agree. I try to comment on good reviews when they ask questions like “when does the next one come out?”, but never on a bad review.

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  2. I think the whole point of reviews kind of excludes an author from participating. I bet the author was looking at her bad reviews and just felt like she wanted to do something about it.

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