When you’re part of a minority that tends to get looked down upon, you’d think you would support one another. Unfortunately the big green monster of envy appears to be biting more than one indie author and the toll begins to stand out whether it’s in reviews or down voting or just straight bad mouthing. A frustrating thing when really, we’re all in this together. Yes I can understand where it stems from. Watching a book fly up the rankings when you regard yours as a far better read must be hard. Still, when one person can read numerous books a year (my mum can easily read 10-20 a week) is there really any competition? And your opinion is the same as anyone else’s – your opinion, not an actual definition. I don’t really understand how some seem to think certain books exist or succeed merely to piss them off (‘scuse the language) but you see it frequently in reviews.
No I’m not referring to any of mine ;p I read some of John Locke’s reviews on his Donovan Creed novels. I bought two on the weekend and placed a review on one I read, then, as you do, had a peruse of the other reviews there. The first thing I noticed was someone had intentionally gone through and down voted any positive reviews and up voted negative reviews. How could I tell? It was just one vote each time, a tell tale sign of someone with a grudge. It intrigued me because while I’d never say the novel was outstanding, it was entertaining. It was something I’d read again and for .99c it was a good read. Yet someone had taken such offence that they didn’t seem to realize others could enjoy what they so despised. I have seen other articles on indie’s attacking indie’s but hadn’t really thought that much of it. Probably because the blogging community is so fantastically supportive. Recently however, while chatting to an indie author who has really succeeded (NY bestseller and all) I was astonished to learn that they too, had been on the receiving end of one of these attacks. So much so that after trashing this author on one site the attacking Indie then went to another site and trashed them there too. Thankfully someone picked up on it and as soon as it was revealed the attacker disappeared from those two forums. But I do wonder now, how often this happens? And really if you have to attack someone to try and make your book seem better, well it says a lot for your book now doesn’t it…
Take care all!