In this day and age Cyberbullying is a serious problem!
As a book reviewer for the past 2 years on various sites I have been bullied a time or two and it sucks. No one likes being called names or to be made fun of. Yesterday when logging onto one of my favorite book sites I found out that a fellow blogger was being Cyberbullied. This other reviewer who I respect greatly has been writing reviews for at least the 2 years that I have been following her. What I have always loved about her reviews are that they are always honest. Books are costly and I don't want to spend my money on a book I will hate. When I started writing my own reviews I decided I would write only honest reviews too. Never blasting an author personally but if I don't like a book I'm gonna say it!
This other reviewer was being bullied by an author. An author who's book she reviewed and didn't really care for. Now I have read the review and it was well written, humorous, while still remaining respectful. It clearly states why the book didn't work for her and that it was just her opinion. Here is that review if anyone would like to read it.
Now the author of this book sees the review and gets mad that the review wasn't glowing and she gets on her Facebook and attacked the reviewer. She not only calls the reviewer a derogatory name, she tells her fans to also harass this reviewer. She tells them to flag her review so that it will get removed.
That is totally unacceptable behavior and completely unprofessional. Reviewers have the right to not like a book and to write a review about what they didn't like. This author didn't just stop there nope she then made a mocking picture in reference to something the reviewer said in her review and then posted it while continuing to mock the reviewer to her fans.
Oh this lovely author didn't stop there she also mocked other reviewers that didn't love her book.
Of course she has now removed those posts but not before me and many other readers screen shot them. Shame on this author and any other that bullies readers and reviewers for not liking their books. We are all entitled to our own opinions. Not everyone is going to love your work and that doesn't give you the right to attack them.
I will never read a book by this author. I support my fellow readers and reviewers. I respect the fact that we are all different and have different taste. It's our hard earned money that has to pay for books we have the right not to like something.
To all reviewers out there that take the time out of your life to sit down and write a review. Thank you.