Obviously, there are still scads of them around. Why quit shaming them now?
Here's HJ's Original Post (the OP) from the Original Thread (no--don't abbreviate it to OT--that's Off Topic).
"I've experienced this. You may have experienced. MANY have experienced it.
You read a book and leave an honest review, maybe not a good review, but honest. After all, you want to let other potential readers know what they might be getting themselves into. That IS the purpose of a book review, after all. To give one's opinion about said book. Reviews are for readers, not for authors.
Let's say that again. Reviews are for readers, not for authors.
We all know that opinions are subjective. Not everyone always agrees, but opinions are usually (not always, though) relevant for someone determining whether or not they'd be interested in investing their time reading something.
So...having said all that (apologies if it was long-winded), there are occasions when a reviewer or commenter is chastised - by the AUTHOR! *mumbles under breath, `wrong, disgraceful, unprofessional, inappropriate, and immature...'*
Occasionally, a wise author realizes their mistake, apologizes and retreats once this has been pointed out. Rarely, but it DOES happen. And they may even take to heart the complaints and go about fixing the issues. To those authors, I applaud you and thank you.
Much more frequently, unwise authors make a line in the sand and begin a barrage of insults and nasty posts, even taking the battle to blogs and other venues to gripe that someone had the nerve NOT to like their book. Do they not realize that they are participating in their own defeat? Of course not. They have blinders on and are unable to recognize that the readers - ALL readers, not just the ones who praise them - are paying/potential customers who hold the author's success in the palms of their hands.
Likewise, many of those same authors (but certainly not limited to) send spam across threads and get belligerent or even lie when confronted by posters informing them of Amazon's Terms of Service.
Has this happened to you? Have you witnessed it? Have you been a defender of a reader who has been attacked?
Let's hear it."
P.S. Anyone have time to make 9,998 book recommendations?
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