Gather around close, kiddies. It’s time for Auntie Tymber to tell you another scary tale of *DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN* Badly Behaving Authors!
I learned the hard way early on in my writing career to NEVER argue with a review. It’s advice I wish I’d had slapped into me with a clue-by-four before I learned it the hard way, but there you have it. I learned, and I’ve never forgotten it. And now I always BEG newbie authors NOT to make the same mistake.
YOU DO NOT ARGUE WITH A REVIEWER. PERIOD.
Some of these are screen caps because Goodreads yanked the author in question. But the bottom line is, a reviewer wrote a 1-star review, NOT an attack review, mind you, about a book by a guy I’ve never heard of before, an apparently self-pubbed author named Dylan Saccoccio.
Because, you know nothing goes with crazy like popcorn.
The review that triggered the author’s response:
But apparently, since the author’s crazy got a little TOO crazy, his GR account was yanked, as were his comments. Let’s all bow our heads for a moment and give thanks for screen shots and archives, shall we?
Apparently one of the author’s last replies was cut off that screencap, but someone on reddit got it:
The reddit forum thread:
And, seriously, if you go read the author’s responses to critical reviews on Amazon? It’s JUST as crazy.
Also, fortunately, a GR commenter had been following along and got a bunch of screen caps and stuff:
Cait’s review Page 1
Cait’s review page 2
Cait’s review Page3
His blog v1 w/comments
His blog v2 w/different comments
His 5-Star exchange blog
His comment on another review
More comments on another review
His Amazon comment claiming to be bullied
More blog posts discussing this
Edit 1: Adding a new link: http://frizzyroselle.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-not-to-respond-to-negative-review.html
Edit 2: Another article: http://adamjwhitlatch.com/how-not-to-react-to-negative-reviews/
Edit 3: Another article: http://martynstanley.com/another-case-of-authors-behaving-badly/