#Bookblogger bashing: in the end, you’re only hurting yourself #MondayBlogs

It’s been a while since I’ve posted (sorry, I’m still working hard on my next book) and hadn’t planned to post but this piece from Terry on Rosie’s blog deserves to be spread far and wide.
If you are an author and you ask someone for their honest opinion of your work, don’t get upset if they give it. Book bloggers are treasures. They should be encouraged, praised, and if possible given red wine and chocolates. These wonderful people give up their time, for free, to review books. And as every book is a piece of art, whether they like it or not is subjective (if you don’t believe me, look up the one-star reviews on your favourite book).
A well-thought out review is a gift, whether positive or negative, and if you don’t think you can react well to somebody not liking your book, then you should think long and hard about publishing it at all.

Rosie Amber

Today I’m hosting a post written by Terry Tyler which I feel strongly about aswell.

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#Bookblogger bashing: in the end, you’re only hurting yourself.

I’ve read a few posts lately about book bloggers being bullied or ‘trolled’ by writers for whom they have received bad reviews, or whose books they have rejected.  For more on this, here’s a heartrending post from The Happy Meerkat, and an associated one on Fictionophile about whether or not reviews should be objective or personal opinion, amongst other things.

Like 99% of the rest of the online writer/reader/blogger/reviewer community, I’m appalled that bloggers who give up their time to read books by total strangers, for no payment, are receiving such harassment.

I write this from the point of view of a writer, and a book reviewer.  Although my own book review blog is mostly for my own reading choices, I’m also a member of

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6 thoughts on “#Bookblogger bashing: in the end, you’re only hurting yourself #MondayBlogs

    • You’re more than welcome, Rosie. I find it amazing that some writers think hassling reviewers is acceptable. I’ve seen so many posts from reviewers calling it a day for this reason. Its so sad that people feel forced to give up the joy of talking about books because of a few idiots.

  1. This is an excellent article, and one that speaks to me deeply as a book blogger. I’ve been lucky to avoid a lot of the trolling, but I know it’s lurking, and I’m still a fairly small blog.

    Kudos to Terry for writing this. (And I like your idea of wine and chocolate! I will happily read pretty much anything if you promise me wine and chocolate!)

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