Monday, March 28, 2011

How Not to Get Your Book Reviewed-- or Published

Wow. Just Wow.

To all the self published authors out there-- here's the absolute worst way to go about promoting your book.

BigAl's Books and Pals was kind enough to accept a self published book for review and the author went ballistic with the 2 star review. After reading her poorly written summary, I say she was lucky to get the consideration in the first place. After reading her comments-- I suspect BigAl was being kind with the 2 stars.

I'd say she's burned all her bridges in the publishing industry. Well, until she gets a pseudonym. Lord knows I'll avoid her like the plague.

I worry about this though. What it will do to self-publishing if people keep imploding like this.

11 comments:

DJL said...

Wow. That's...horribly incredible. Or perhaps incredibly horrible? Either way, I agree, that author has most definitely burned her bridges in the industry. Not everyone is going to like every single book published in the world. But with many typos and grammar errors, it's amazing Al was able to get through the book. Bless the man for having the tenacity to get through it, and God help her for behaving in a manner unbefitting of an author, let alone a new one.

SQT said...

Wasn't that insane? I have seen harsher reviews in which the author thanked the reviewer for taking the time to read the book. That's class. This lady... not so much.

Emma said...

That's so funny! I cannot even believe how clueless & crazy the author would have to be! Sort of misses the entire point of reviews. Wow.

Blodeuedd said...

Why do they never learn!? Just walk away, do not go insane

xalwaysdreamx said...

Wow. The review itself wasn't even mean-spirited...he was actually being reasonable and nice and her head totally exploded..

--Sharry

SQT said...

Emma-- That's why I'm leery about self-published work. You don't really know the experience and temperament of the person you're dealing with. This doesn't help matters.

Blodeuedd-- No kidding. Deep breaths...

Sharry-- I thought so too. The whole blow up makes it clear, IMHO, that she isn't a skilled writer and had her friends write her good reviews. Or perhaps she has a few Amazon accounts and wrote them herself. I'm actually betting the reviews are self published too.

Jessica said...

Holy crap for real. Wow.

I reviewed a book I got well it was 40 pages and didn't care for it. The author didn't care for my review either and pointed out that mine was the only negative review. I just blogged about it and if others thought I was wrong as getting her to comment and say her characters were not cardboard cutouts um it's 40 pages yes they were kinda threw me for a loop. I mean I'm not the New York Times reviewing you here just one individual who has a little blog very few people look at.

Course non of it was near what this author did I mean wow no one will want to read anything by them. I know I don't.

Joe said...

Yeah, that's incredibly classless. I don't think it's limited to the self-published, though--a lot of notable mainstream authors have detonated in similar ways (see Anne Rice).

Now, the numerous grammatical errors and whatnot. . . yeah, sadly, that is a problem largely confined to self-published work.

Charles Gramlich said...

A train wreck unfolding in real time. Hard to watch.

Budd said...

He obviously wasn't constantly updating the book while reading it. The review was unfair because it attacked the books on its merits and did not just give 5 stars to boost the author's ego. I mean, one doesn't give out free e-copies of books just to get negative reviews in return. I mean he didn't even have to read the book, he should have given it five stars just because it was free. /sarcasm

SQT said...

Jessica-- I've gotten more leery of reviewing books when the request comes from the author for this reason. I've seen a few authors pepper the comments that argue the review and it's just uncomfortable. Aren't we supposed to be giving our honest opinions?

Joe-- I haven't seen the Anne Rice meltdown. Somehow that doesn't surprise me though.

Charles-- Yeah. It's rough.

Budd-- It's obvious the reviewer just didn't understand what his role was supposed to be. :eye-roll: