Stop Author Abuse!

I really hate it when people (trolls) abuse the First Amendment. Read on for a good discussion about author abuse on Goodreads.

The BookChick

http://www.rockofthecoast.com/razor/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Internet_Troll1.jpgI am making this post as a public service announcement. I just want to encourage all of my fellow readers and bloggers who are Goodreads members to disengage from attacking authors on the site. In the past couple of days, I have seen several Facebook posts by authors of different genres who have mentioned being attacked by readers. ‘Readers’ are one-starring pre-released books or dive bombing every book the author has ever written with one-star reviews. Why? Because these ‘readers’ feel as if the author has made some reprehensible infraction against the world of literature as a whole *eye roll*. I know…dramatic, right? But sadly, it’s true. The internet trolls have now taken up residence on Goodreads. They are pollinating the site with their vitriol against authors and fellow readers who might support the author or their book(s). At some point, we as a community of readers and authors…

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2 Responses to Stop Author Abuse!

  1. Wordlander says:

    I’ve not tried Goodreads yet. I suppose all sites have their trolls. Seems a bizare way to act but there you go. Take it you would recommend the site in general?

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      I’ve posted reviews on Goodreads but haven’t spent much time on there. I’ve heard about authors, especially new authors, feeling bullied by some reviewers on GR. This post that I reblogged has been one of the most informative, especially in the comments it generated. I know there are trolls no matter where you go in social media, and the fact that many of these people hide behind anonymity just shows what cowards they really are. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from using GR to promote their books. One just needs to be aware of the potential for bad behavior. Much of the bullying I’ve read about reminds me sooooo much of junior high school. Some people just don’t grow up.

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