Posted by Lisha Cauthen
My dear friend Laura Manivong wrote a blog that gave me the push to post this evening.
Seems there was an extreme melt-down today on BigAl’s blog when a self-published author did not like a review she got. Not only did she argue with the reviewer, she argued with commenters, defending grammar and syntax that were obviously sub-par. She ended by hurling four-letter words.
The blog owner reacted calmly. In fact, the original review said the story was good. He answered the author’s objections a few times and then left the scene. But the author hung around to engage with the public, and she was no match.
I admit I tweeted what was going on as a lesson in what not to do when you get a bad review. But then I saw the pile-on that happened.
You would have thought she’d run over a puppy or something.
The poison people spewed on her, I couldn’t believe.
So I went to see her profile. Part of it reads:
In 2001 my English father, an artist visited me in the USA. Prior to that I hadn’t seen him for twenty years. My parents divorced when I was twelve. My Greek Mother was still traveling to Greece for short visits and visiting me here in America before she passed.
I wonder how stable things have been for her. I wonder how much of a struggle her life has been. I wonder why we think it’s okay for us to do any more than give a brief review of her book and let it go.
I don’t think this will ever happen to me, because I don’t have the energy to go ape-shit like this author did. But I tried to brainstorm what I would do if I created such a mess for myself. Problem is, once it’s on the internet, it NEVER, EVER GOES AWAY. Think twice, type once, and all that.
So help me, guys. What in the world do you think this girl could do to repair her situation?