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As someone who is hoping to be published very soon, there are rules to which you need to live by if you plan on having a long career in this field.

  • Have a thick skin.
  • Never read negative reviews unless you’re prepared to learn from them.
  • If you want to respond to a  review, always say “thank you for taking the time to read my work” and if the reviewer didn’t really care for it still say “thank you.” No other comment is necessary.
  • Avoid the drama when you can.
  • Avoid the drama when you can (not a typo)
  • And AVOID the drama when you can.

I’m not going to wade into the muck that’s surrounding  Goodreads and the other one, Stop The Goodreads Bullies. I’ve read the posts and the comments on both sites, followed conversations back and forth on Twitter and I have to tell you, I am sick to my stomach about the stuff that is going on. Let’s be clear; I’m not pointing fingers at anyone specific. I don’t have to. Its all out there and its shameful.

I’ve read books where I was like WTF? I wouldn’t be so blunt in my review like that but when I rate a book, I usually say “its not working for me, etc.” That’s it. But check this: that is how I review a book. When someone else offers their opinion, it is THEIR opinion. That’s it in a nutshell.

I just don’t get it. What happened to just loving books? What happened to discovering new authors and enjoying what they’ve slaved over to get out to the public? What happened to just accepting honest reviews, whether they were negative or not? Why must there be such an upheaval over someone’s opinion? It comes with the territory. Am I right or did I miss the memo on THAT particular conversation?

I’m not tossing my hat into the ring and expect to come out of the other side without negative reviews. In my OPINION, thinking like that is both naive and self-serving. It’s going to happen. I’ll probably get my feelings hurt and will likely have to go hide in a corner somewhere for a little bit.

One reviewer may not like your work but ten more will. What happened to the learning aspect of a negative review? What happened to the positive connection with people who may not agree with you all the time?

It just boggles the mind how it has erupted into this horrible situation.  Its gotten to the point where it has become very dangerous and I feel for those who are involved.

There’s enough going on in the world without this kind of shit happening.  Let’s just stop it, okay? If you want to leave a comment, that’s fine. If you’re looking for a fight, you’ve come to the wrong place.

I’ve got another book to write…

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