Now you may be wondering why in the world I'm going there. Let me explain...it's another case of an author behaving badly. Normally I do NOT involve myself or my opinions in these things but I just can't help it this time. Read this post here if you want the back story. Be warned though...there are a lot of comments.
Now have you read it? Well let me tell you what I think. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter if it is right or wrong. BUT, I think the number one lesson that should be taught to authors right off the back...don't take a review personally and certainly don't bash a whole community based on a review that was less than favorable. Majority of authors know this "rule" and generally live by it.
In my OPINION, this post managed to tee off a lot of people in the book blogging community. In that lies the problem. Book bloggers have big mouths and we say what we think. That post has now spread over the book blogging world and grown to great proportions. We all have thoughts on it because it was offensive.
To say that "Oftentimes, the people who set up these kinds of blogs have never written a thing in their lives, except maybe a grocery list." is offensive to the entire blogging world. Big, epic, Fail! For a fact, I don't even write a grocery list! I just throw things in the cart willy nilly and hope I can make a meal out of it.
Sure, I should probably keep my opinions to myself but I was pained by this authors clumping of bloggers (who have a right to their opinions just as the author does) and I feel sorry for authors in general who tend to shoot themselves in the foot.
Bloggers are not bad people. We don't get paid to do this and if someone wants to approach us to review their book then they should expect ANYTHING! Just because we are given a free book, that doesn't mean a glowing review is given.
On my blog....because it's MY blog and I do what I want with it...If I hate a book I won't blog about it. Simple as that. I'll let the author know that I'm not writing a review of it. But isn't that dishonest, you ask? Well no, I just don't want the negativity directed at me because of things like this. I will post a review if I even semi-liked a book. Just because I didn't LOVE it doesn't mean you won't LOVE it. See what I mean? If you truly can not handle criticism then don't ask for a review. Nobody beats down the doors on Kirkus, NY Times, etc when they get a bad review.
My point is this...do not bash the book blogging community. It will come back to haunt you. It is spread like a virus over the net and now there is a good chance that thousands of bloggers have seen it, commented on it, posted on their blog about it, and their thousands of readers have read about it.
So now that I've said all that I'm done. I would LOVE to get some opinions from my readers and some of the authors that I know follow this blog. What are your general thoughts on these situations?
Disclaimer: I am not a professional as you can see. I'm sure I have a ton of punctuation and grammatical errors but that is OK!