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James : I don’t know if you’ve encountered them, but how do you handle impolite authors? Those who didn’t like the review you’ve done for their book, those who throw demands like they’re above everyone, if you ever encounter those kind of people, that is
I have rarely encountered impolite authors, but I try to be very fair and constructive in my reviewing which I believe has helped with this issue. However, there have been a time or two where someone wasn’t happy with how a review turned out or that it was rejected for one reason or another, and a note is made to avoid that author in the future.
I have encountered this and usually I publicly ignore the hoopla. I have a few trusted people I vent to in private when I need to but I never engage if I can help it. There have been more than a few times I have added an author to my own private Do Not Read list, but that is for my eyes only because I do not want to influence others based on my experiences. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and unless the author is flat out being a bully to someone who cannot defend themselves, I will not say anything in a public forum.
I haven’t experienced this while working with Love Bytes Reviews. But when I was reviewing on my own, I had an author argue with me about a review. Thankfully it was on private message, so it wasn’t public. But for me, I politely told them that I was sorry they didn’t agree with me, but I had the right to have my opinions (which were polite) and because of their reaction I would not read any more of their books. I have no interest in spending my money (I had bought the book I reviewed in this case) on a rude author
Wow, this question was written for me. I pride myself in always writing a fair and honest review. If you’ve read my reviews, you’ll know that I don’t blow smoke. People don’t always like them, or agree. With authors, I’ve had it happen twice… out of 644 reviews I’ve done so far for Love Bytes, so it doesn’t happen often. Both times it happened to me were on books that I had rated 3.5 “Love Bytes”. Both reviews that, in my opinion, I had been very generous rating with those 3.5’s. The first author was so insulted that they told Dani they would never send another book to Love Bytes to be reviewed. The second was enraged and told Dani to tell me that I’m never “allowed” to read or review their books ever again. Seriously? Both authors have made my personal “I wouldn’t read them if Hell Froze Solid” list. They both still send their books to Love Bytes, I just don’t read or review them myself.
Ah man. I wish I could name names!! Just like with any other occupation, there are a few diva authors out there. But I have to say, 99% of them are actually really professional, even if we’ve given them a low rating review on their book. And writing for Love Bytes is kind of like extra security from any bullies. Dani guards the blog doors like a first class bouncer, and the reviewers rarely deal directly with the authors.
I’m never impolite back; I just think that it’s unnecessary. I choose to go high when they choose go low. I give an honest review and never read or purchase anything from them. I am a firm believer that when you are in the business of selling your product that your attitude and the way you treat people goes a long way to ensure that you obtain and retain customers. Having a good product will obtain new customers however your attitude and the way you treat those customers will ensure that you retain those customers. I have no authors who are excellent at what they do but I have never read or purchase anything from them again because of their attitude and the way they treat their readers a.k.a. their customers. If your attitude is funky, then your business will and deserves to suffer because of it.
I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve not had to deal with any authors who haven’t liked my reviews
I’ve not had that pleasure. I know that some of the others have. For me…I just remind myself that this is my opinion and that it was what I was feeling when I read the story. I’m not gonna please everyone and I’m totally ok with that.
Do you base your opinion on something you hear about an author before picking up one of their books?
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