Sunday, 19 October 2014

When Professionalism is on the line

Over the last twenty-four hours author, bloggers and readers have endlessly discussed the Guardian article by author, Kathleen Hale, on confronting 'her number one online critic'.

 Illustration: Anna Parini for the Guardian
You know what? I'm tired. It's late on Sunday evening, I don't want to go into authors/bloggers behaving badly or how Goodreads is a den of iniquity or what the hell did the author think she was doing.

The fact is, we're supposed to be professionals. We get paid to be professional and we don't cross that fucking line. It doesn't matter if you get 5000 1 star reviews. We paste on a smile and write the next book.

That's my opinion and I'll leave it there.



  1. I agree with you up to a point. When a review becomes cyber bullying then I am against that person or persons. Everyone has a right to dislike or like a book, but when the review is abusive, then that is a whole 'nother ball of wax. I think there are many GR reviewers and bloggers who get off on their abusiveness under the guise of a review. If they don't like a book fine, but there is no need for profanity or persona attacks on a writer.

    1. Yeah but a review that openly attacks a writer isn't a review of the book, and no sensible reader will take it seriously, either. So there's that. Also, cyber bullies and trolls only thrive when you feed them. If you don't, they shrivel up and die off. Granted, I'm all for holding individuals accountable for the harm their words cause or when they take it off the net into real life. But seriously, Sue's point stands regardless. As professional writers, we stand in the spotlight every bit as much as actors in Hollywood, members of a band, or any other high profile artist, regardless of medium. There is no point in honing in on negativity, because it only kills your positive focus -- it certainly isn't winning you any battles, nor will it make it stop or go away.
      Don't feed the wildlife. :)