FYI for Authors

This is a very beneficial link for anyone bothered by negative comments in any form. As research is ongoing it is only a matter of time before there is a diagnostic label with traits to make these individuals more easily identifiable. Laws will follow.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_...

If you are being abused be sure to be non-responsive, flag all negative, derogatory and defaming statements for GR customer support, and keep a separate copy cut-and-pasted in a file on your computer for reference if ever needed.

If it spreads to Amazon, the owner of this GR site, be sure to include copy and pasted statements to prove your complaints.

Don't get upset or be afraid. Don't give up writing. Don't take the lies personally.

Remember, these are sick individuals who need help. Their joy at harming and/or defaming others is an illness. Anyone who finds an author's statement funny or laughable is very sick. Authors pour their life blood into their books. For someone to attempt to damage that in any way is a serious symptom and should be regarded as such. Mean people do exist, sometimes disguised as kind, well-meaning individuals.

There are a lot of good people on Goodreads and it is a difficult job to monitor everyone to find out who is and who is not causing problems. It has to be reported. Only if it proves ineffective is it time to move on to another site and talk to someone else about it.

Report all abuse on this site to http://www.stopthegrbullies.com. They are still around for those who need extra help, especially if no other support is found.

Addendum: As evidenced by the meanness emitting from the few, it is obvious that an attack on an author or their work is meant to harass and demean, and cause failure of the product. As good readers searching for a well-received books, be aware and wary of these attacks, and the evidence of meanness in their ratings. The unsuccessful don't like to see anyone else succeed. For one to feel good about themselves it is well known, even by those not psychologically trained, that it is not necessary to bring others down. To do so is clear evidence of psychosis, as explained in the article. Balanced and mature individuals always wish the best for one another. If you have a comment about this in support leave me a message.
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Published on February 17, 2014 12:05 Tags: public-awareness
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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue What about reviewers who write good reviews, but say something about the book, yet only a small comment and its not what the author wants to hear, so the author hounds them and makes comments and remarks that are personal on Good reads and Amazon?


message 2: by Judith-Victoria (last edited Feb 24, 2014 07:16AM) (new)

Judith-Victoria Douglas I've had that happen. A negative statement I made was "corrected." I provided the proof, just as Katerina did for me. I have apologized to her, but I never got one. I didn't really care if I did.

I usually consider everything said about the story as something I have to look into to see if I can improve. I have corrected a lot of my stumbling blocks and learned a lot. It's necessary for Indie authors because we don't have anyone to do anything for us.

I advise reviewers to do what authors are advised when something is said. Ignore it. We sensitive authors get over the hurt and anger pretty quick, and readers are smart enough to discern the wheat from the chaff. If they're not, then they don't need to be reading the book anyway.

My advice to readers - if you're not enjoying the book, put it down for chrissakes. Is self-abuse really one of your things?

The stars only say how much you like it. Anything written is extra, and hopefully constructive, meant to inform the author (and readers) so improvement will make the next book one you can't put down.


Zahara Cerise ~ Never impeached. Judith-Victoria wrote: The stars only say how much you like it. Anything written is extra, and hopefully constructive, meant to inform the author so improvement will make the next book one you can't put down.

I don't think most reviewers are writing for the author. They're writing for other readers.


message 4: by Judith-Victoria (last edited Feb 18, 2014 07:01AM) (new)

Judith-Victoria Douglas I understand that, but the author does learn something from it or hopes to, even if it's only that it was liked. Otherwise, why would we work do hard to get them?
Most authors, especially Indie authors are never going to be rich. So to try to get good reviews for sales is like a big joke someone came up with to keep us wondering if our hard work is any good at all.
And there are certainly some who think bad thoughts about Indies, lumping the bad and the good together, like traditionally published books don't have both and are superior.
I suppose after several hundred or thousand likes it won't matter to the author any longer. Maybe by then it will be selling and the author can feel more confident about the work being done instead of working hard in a void.


Petra-X wishes the world would return to normal "There are a lot of good people on Goodreads and it is a difficult job for the librarians to monitor everyone to find out who is and who is not causing problems."

Huh? What makes you think librarians monitor anyone at all? What gave you the idea that anyone was looking at any other individual for any reason on GR? All librarians do, and I am one, is fix book data. You need to correct your blog.


Zahara Cerise ~ Never impeached. Ms Bubbles SockieP wrote: ""There are a lot of good people on Goodreads and it is a difficult job for the librarians to monitor everyone to find out who is and who is not causing problems."

Huh? What makes you think librar..."


Hey, Ms. Bubbles. You remind me of a friend of mine who always had a fish in her mouth. I don't suppose you're any relation. ;)


message 7: by Petra-X wishes the world would return to normal (last edited Feb 17, 2014 08:22PM) (new)

Petra-X wishes the world would return to normal She was all right 'til she swallowed it.
RIP


message 8: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Are you honestly trying to say that people can not dislike a book because someone put effort into it? As an artist and a writer I find that absurd; if someone dislikes a painting I do or a story I write I hope they tell me, and I hope they tell me why


Judith-Victoria Douglas I agree Thomas.


Petra-X wishes the world would return to normal Judith-Victoria said: "If you are being abused be sure to be non-responsive, flag all negative, derogatory and defaming statement for the GR librarians..."

You have a weird idea of what librarians do. I suggest you read the Librarian Manual and see my message 5. I am a top librarian (#2 actually, for what it's worth) and if you sent me screenshots of abuse I would think you were... misguided about the site at best. Librarians are ONLY concerned about book data. Everything else, all interactions between people whether they are authors or not, is dealt with by Customer Support.


message 11: by Randee (new)

Randee Baty "I don't think most reviewers are writing for the author. They're writing for other readers."

My reviews are definitely not for the authors. They aren't even mainly for other readers. They are for me. So I can remember what I thought about a book. If other want to read them, fine. But they definitely do not have the right to tell me how to write what I want to remember about a book I read, no matter who the author is.


message 12: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Are you a psychologist or an author? I don't think that you have the right to say someone is a "sick individual" because they write criticisms about your book.

These reviews are for the readers and not a feedback form. It is not the readers responsibility to make you feel good about yourself and it is not your responsibility to call them sick when it hurts your feelings.


message 13: by Ridley (new)

Ridley Bless your little heart.


message 14: by Jenna (new)

Jenna ❃*゚*✿。【Yasmine】。✿*゚*❃ wrote: "There's a major difference between Trolls and reviewers who don't like a book. They should not be put in the same category. Trolls harass.
Goodreads Librarians will do something if you are actuall..."


I agree with your post except, I am a librarian and we don't take care of this. It is the job of GR customer support team.


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