1-Star Reviews, Emergency Help for Authors

Just got burned with a 1-star review? Here's what to do.

Who are these horrible people?

Answer: horrible, horrible people. People like you and me.

Opinions are like assholes; everyone has one.

As wrong as the reviewer may be about the quality and beauty of your wonderful, wonderful book, they’re not wrong about this: they really hated your book. They were disgusted by the swear words. Offended by a fictional character’s opinions. Seeing red over some typos. Unhappy that the vampires were not dreamy enough and thus the book failed as a masturbatory aid. Whatever. They really hated your book, and about that, they’re not wrong.

On the other hand, consider the motivation of the reviewer. It may be more than anger over spending time and money on a book they didn’t enjoy.

Some “snarky” reviewers have only self-promotion on their minds. Does the word snarky appear in this person’s blog name or username? If so, what the hell did you expect them to post? Thoughtful, intelligent, critical reviews? These people are trying to build a following of people who enjoy the schadenfreude of seeing others ripped apart for entertainment. Why? You might sooner ask yourself, why do people bully? Why do they seek fame and followers? For power, my sweeties. For power.

Is this reviewer a frustrated or wannabe author? As an author yourself, you know about the sensitivity, the pain of rejection. Does it ever make you want to perpetuate the cycle of abuse, but with you on top? It does? How do you think that’s going to work out for ya? Think ripping some other author apart is going to make you feel good about yourself?

Here, then, are some words of wisdom from others:


There’s a downside to the Internet: it makes people mean.

You know what I’m talking about — the anonymous posters who write horrible things they wouldn’t say in person, the sniping and the trashing, and the general snarky tone that has become the Internet’s stock in trade. We’ve all probably been guilty of it at one time or another – there’s just something about the anonymity of the Internet that makes people lose their minds.

– Author Nathan Bransford, read full blog post


Haters tend to be quick with opinions, actively judge without fully understanding what they’re judging, and have little concept of the effort it takes to create a story, film, book, TV show, or any other form of media.

Rather than create anything on their own, which is probably too difficult for them to do, they enjoy the sound of their own whining while tearing down what others have created. Because the Internet doesn’t require accountability, they write things they’d never say face-to-face, which makes them cowards as well.

– Author J.A. Konrath – read full blog post


From Wikipedia:

In psychology, the online disinhibition effect, also known in popular culture as John Gabriel‘s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory (GIFT), refers to the way people behave on the Internet with less restraint than in real-world situations. The concept is related to the concept of online identity.

Source for cartoon: Penny Arcade


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