Just got burned with a 1-star review? Here's what to do.
Some who write for publications will get paid to do so, and their author name will be associated with the review, plus overseen by the publication. Many agree this is perfectly legitimate, a way for an author to earn a living, and not chickenshit at all.
Some authors, however, will post reviews online anonymously or using a different name. Is that okay? What do you think?
From some author blogs:
Do authors give up some rights when it comes to reviews?
While there’s a great and long tradition of writers penning thoughtful negative reviews that demonstrate respect for the subject at hand … I do believe writers give up the right to write casually bitchy reviews.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying authors can’t write reviews. But writers should require themselves to write thoughtful reviews. They should elevate the discourse, not lower it. And they should treat their fellow writerly comrades at arms with the respect they deserve.
Author Nathan Bransford (former literary agent) – read full post
I have, in fact, written a few snarky book reviews myself (under my dayname, of course). One of them was a disappointed and shamefully bitter response to a book I had certain expectations of, that turned out to be something different than I thought.
Author Olivia Waite – read full post (in which she bravely requests merciless reviews of her book!)