And by ‘us’, I mean reviewers.
Of course, people have said things like this before – Book Riot published an article six years ago saying pretty much the same thing. But that was SIX YEARS AGO, and since then, I really don’t think anything has improved. So I’m here to say it again: authors, for the love of God, do not reply to reviewers.
Since I was 18, I’ve been reviewing (on both Goodreads and my blog) every single book I’ve read. I’m by no means some sort of one-starring troll: my average Goodreads rating is actually 3.26, which suggests I’m pretty much bang in the middle. But if I don’t like a book, I’m not afraid to say exactly why that is. And that’s occasionally gotten me into some irritating interactions over the last three years, where specific authors have decided to personally send me abusive messages (or recruit their friends to do it on their behalf). Many of them were motivated by what I’m going to call Author Mistake