Monday, January 11, 2016
When An Author Doesn't Like Your Review . . .
I had to take three days to calm down before I could think of an intelligent and calm response. My immediate response was frustration and anger. Yeah, I have a temper. Sue me.
I kind of forgave him this question, but it did make me second guess myself. I mean, how do I answer that? It was a freaking one star review. so it's not like I was all puppies and rainbows and unicorns. But I reread my review several times and I know it did not cross any lines.
Would the words hurt if it were my book? Of course. Nobody likes to hear that someone thought their book was boring.
This was a new author and her first book and it looks like I was her first negative review. I felt really bad about that, but what kind of reviewer would I be if I edited my reviews or if I never published the negative ones. Readers deserve to know what I truly think about a book. They can make their decisions from there. Maybe they will share my opinion and maybe they won't.
It Starts At Midnight (THANK YOU!!), I took a few breaths and tried to think about what my response should be. Looking at it from her perspective, I completely understand why she was hurt. But she still should not have contacted me. I eventually sent her a very respectful email in which I apologized that the review hurt my feelings but that I stood by my reviews and would not be taking my review down. I also (again, respectfully) told her that her contacting me was inappropriate.
The saddest thing about this experience is that this author has most likely lost a reader. I don't normally write an author off after one bad book. I am usually willing to give them another chance. But will I read something that this author wrote again after her response to my negative review? Not likely. I haven't heard from the author since my email and that's great. Hopefully, she has moved on. But the people pleasing part of me is sad that I hurt her feelings. But I think I handled it the right way.
Has this happened to anyone else before? What would you have said to this author? Have you ever regretted a negative review?