If you’ve been living under a rock for the last day or two, you missed this example of how to never, EVER react to a review. It has also ignited an internet storm — not to mention how it set Twitter afire yesterday.
The review itself, while negative, certainly isn’t the most brutal I’ve ever seen. At least you can tell Big Al actually read the book. And, to be honest, the review hits a lot of my sore points when I’m reading. I hate to be involved with the story only to be thrown out by grammar, structure or formatting issues. So, yes, these are valid points to be critiqued in a review.
But it’s the comments that are absolutely boggling — especially those by the author. If there is now a poster child for what not to say in response to a crit, it’s this author. From blaming the reviewer for not downloading a new copy when she told him to — and, sorry, that’s not the reviewer’s job. If there is a better copy of the e-book, it’s up to the author to send it — to refusing to see grammar errors and professing that she is a good writer and we’d all know if it we followed her link and listened to her READ her work, to blaming it on the fact that she is British and the reviewer isn’t, to just telling everyone to f**k off, this author has gone off the deep end.
Now, I’ll admit, I have posted one response to a review on Amazon asking for clarification from the reviewer. But that’s it. Never would I even consider behaving as this author did. This is like the author a couple of years ago who went on a profanity laced tirade against one of his editors on his LJ page. Yes, he pulled it down within a couple of hours, but it is still out there to be found. It was so over-the-top that it was mirrored on other people’s blogs, discussed and dissected. It’s going to be the same with this.