Literary Cyber Bullying

Brutality doesn't make you superior

Brutality doesn’t make you superior

Why is it that often the least qualified to cast stones will write devastating reviews or malicious and slanderous blog posts which disembowel writers who are hoping to make it in an overcrowded marketplace?

These venomous creatures seem oblivious to the fact that they can, indeed, be charged with lible. Bent on destruction, they lob grenades at people for no apparent reason except jealousy.

There have been fake review scandals, and seeding the review cloud does happen, but do your homework before launching a diatribe against specific authors. Contact them directly, contact the people you think may have unfairly praised their work, practice good journalism, ask specific questions, do the research, get the facts.  That is what takes courage. Anything less leaves you looking like a raging lunatic. A rank amateur with a chip on your shoulder. You do not elevate yourself with this tripe. Rabid attacks are cowardly.

People desperate enough to sink to personal attacks on character rather than a rational critique of the comparative merits of a writer’s work reveal alarming things about their own psyches. Give the writer something to which he or she can actually respond. Knives in the back to not deserve any attention whatever.

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18 thoughts on “Literary Cyber Bullying

  1. Hi Wendy, Do you blog regularly? This is an interesting artilce and very closely related to our old inner critic gal eh? Exteriour critics are not much different. I’ve seen people use critics in positive ways. My husband’s father was the most critical man I ever met. I used to seeth for weeks and bottle up anger tons of I didn’t know what to do with. At the same time, my husband shrugged the same comments off and seemed to use that nasty energy as a spring board to push him forward.

  2. I think that Julia Cameron in her book “The Artists Way” says that critics are really “wanna bees”. They wish to be the one doing the work but are blocked from it in some way, so their jealously motivates them to critique negatively. What do you think of that?

  3. Unfortunately Wendy the trolls are not by any stretch of the imagination, fair or even reasonable. To anyone else (other than the trolls) reading your post what you say makes perfect sense. Until Goodreads and Amazon clean house, as writers we are destined to be easy targets for the lowlifes who dwell within both sites.

  4. I got a poor review for a book that I didn’t write, either. Although the title was mine, the characters and plot were not in any of my books.

  5. People must realize that even the best reviews online are worthless because of trolls and site policy.
    Badreads is nothing more than a hate forum where indie authors are attacked as a matter of sport and they even threaten authors in the Author’s guideline basically stating that if you as an author are attacked on their site any response in the way of self-defense will result in the destruction of the authors reputation. So why would any author want their books on such a site? Many don’t but badreads absolutely refuses to remove books from their site even after multiple DMCA take down orders. So ono reviews on that site can have any value.
    Amazon absolutely refuses to remove 1-star, no-read, attack reviews and contrary to the the rumor that Amazon pulls reviews all the time. Amazon does pull reviews all the time but only 4-5 star reviews and never 1-2 star reviews. They refuse to given a reason why a review is pulled, instead lying saying they can only discuss a pulled review with the reviewer if you are an author and they can only discuss a pulled review with the author if you are the reviewer. A vague reason they sometimes give is that the review was done by family, friends, another author, or and artist and therefore in violation of the rules. This is clearly something that cannot be substantiated so Amazon is pulling 4-5 star reviews based on bot searching for keywords and complaints that cannot be verified. So none of the reviews there have any value due to these policies.

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