I am trying to edit today but I can’t because I am so pissed off about Kathleen Hale’s article on Guardian. If you haven’t read it, the link to the original article is HERE.
In response to the article, I’m going to lay some truth on you. Things that you need to know if you want to become a published author. Here is the most important fact to know: you are going to get bad reviews. No matter how awesome your book is. Your book could have the cure to cancer BUT YOU WILL STILL GET BAD REVIEWS. It’s life. Why? Because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Every person who buys and reads your book can say whatever they want.
Once you release a book into the world it becomes a PRODUCT. That’s right. A product. If you want to sell your product, then you have to accept the fact that every person buying it isn’t going to love it. Some people will love it and some people will think it’s okay and others won’t like it at all. That’s how it works with EVERYTHING. If you go to McDonald’s and buy a Big Mac, you are not required to love it. Even if the person who made it put his heart and soul into creating your special burger, you still don’t have to love it. Publishing is no different.
What Kathleen Hale did was awful and scary and inappropriate on a thousand different levels. No one has the right to show up at your door and question your opinion on anything. Ever heard of the right to privacy? I mean, if you take the book review element out of it and look at what she did it’s effin crazyballs. She did a background check, found out where she lived, and probably spent hours online trying to track down her personal information. All this because she got a bad review?
I also want to clarify the term Goodreads Catfish. This is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. I’ve watched several episodes of the television show called Catfish. It’s about people who go online and pretend to be someone else to get dates and start relationships. DATES and RELATIONSHIPS! These “catfish” send their potential suitors fake pictures of themselves and take on separate identities. A lot of times, they even try to get money from the people they are supposedly having a relationship with. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REVIEWING BOOKS.
I hope my post somehow reaches Blythe Harris. If it does, I would like to apologize on behalf of Kathleen Hale. She had no right to do what she did. You are not at fault in any way. Please don’t stop blogging or expressing your opinions. Kathleen does not represent how authors feel about bloggers or readers. We love you. We support what you and every other blogger does whether you like our books or not. We know the role you play in the publishing world and we appreciate the work and time you put into it.