Authors Behaving Badly: The Seedy Underbelly of Reviewing

Hey Bus Full of Yarn Readers, I know this is a blog about knitting, but we read, we are smart. I thought you may be interested in the ‘pay for review’ portion of this article. Maura

The Happy Logophile

Up until a few months ago, I didn’t realise there was a seedy underbelly to publishing. But all of a sudden, I can’t seem to look anywhere without turning up odd or unpleasant behaviour from authors, publishers, or other members of the writing community. It’s actually got to the point that my husband asks me of an evening, “So, what’s the controversy today?”

“So, what is the controversy today?” I hear you ask.

First, let me run through some of the more recent incidents, just in case you missed them.

The ‘Stop the GoodReads Bullies’ Bullies

Wherein a group of authors sick of being “bullied” by reviewers on GoodReads (who had the nerve to give less than 5 star ratings) start their own website and reveal the real identities and contact information of those reviewers in a clear effort to encourage abusive retribution.

The LendInk Debacle

Wherein a group of vigilante authors use Twitter and DMCA…

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One response to “Authors Behaving Badly: The Seedy Underbelly of Reviewing

  1. Great blog post! I love reading and I use online reviews to help find out opinions on a lot of things (not just books)! I find this practive so unethical, and as we all know how well calibrated my moral compass is, I tend to go by the mantra of “If it seems sketchy, you probably shouldn’t be doing it” – and this is def creeping on the sketchy side.

    Thanks for posting Maura!

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