A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

For any authors out there, click on the link Heather is writing about, print it out, pin it to the wall with a heading NEVER DO THIS.

Heather Hill, Author & Comedy Writer

Regular readers of my blog may recall I celebrated the much anticipated landing of my first one star review as an author, with a light-hearted blog post and a nod to fellow authors to try not to take them too seriously.

In the last month I have seen a few knee-jerk reactions to scathing reviews and am almost always saddened, especially when I find one very talented author I greatly respect saying, ‘I just feel like giving up’. But today I began to read this response to a book review from an author on Goodreads, and found I couldn’t read on. To say it felt like watching car crash TV was an understatement.

The first and most obvious thing that occurs to me here is how the author has succeeded in spending what must have been hours alienating a community of book lovers he will have spent hundreds more writer hours trying to…

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3 thoughts on “A Folder Called ‘Bollocks’ – Why Authors Should NEVER Respond to Reviews

  1. That good reads saga was amazing. Unbelievable. I only read the first and last pages and it took all morning!

    At least when I wrote a two star review the author emailed me rather than looking like a prat on Amazon.

    There were some good comments on GR though. Not the least of which was to ask for more specific feedback, which the reviewer had offered to do anyway with her offer to rewrite a more detailed review.

    But there are some huge egos out there.

    Did you read the preview of your namesakes’s book? I read a few pages. The style was t too bad, par formatting was a bit off, and some sentences left a bit to be desired. From what I read if it applied to the rest of the book, I’d prob have gone with two/two.five stars.

    • I didn’t read the preview as the book description was enough. It was just horrible to read. Like you, I have sympathy with him to ask for a more specific reason (although I would still never recommend an author does this) but to make it out as a personal attack was just plain wrong. A very hard lesson to learn.

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