SOMEBODY OUT THERE DOESN'T LIKE ME
Or, more to the point, somebody doesn't like Trust Fund Boys
. Whatever. They have that right. Well, they have that right until I'm
The story is this: on the book's Amazon page
, the childishness is getting a bit out of control. First, as you'll recall
, I (along with a number of other writers, but this blog is all about 'I') was being barraged by 'customer buying advice'
directing prospective readers to far less popular
(and possibly unreadable
) books. Thanks to my
faithful readers, we addressed that problem
with good humor, spiced with a dash of petty vindictiveness.
But a new problem has emerged. Now someone is targeting my reader reviews. Amazon gives readers an option allowing them to register whether or not a reader review was helpful. Routinely, if anyone even bothers voting, the feedback is positive; the exceptions tend to be negative reviews, where you can probably assume the author and his mother are trying to discredit the reviewer.
Let's take an example: my first novel, The Night We Met
. Of the 14 four- or five-star reviews. 49 of 57 voters found the reviews helpful. And even the lone
sloppy reader who posted a two-star review batted 3-for-4. Grand total: 52 'helpfuls' out of 61 total votes, or 85%
But with Trust Fund Boys
? Three reviews (all five-stars, of course) have netted 8 'helpfuls' out of 18 total votes, or 44%. So what's up with that? And let's not even mention that poor Matt's
review is getting particularly beaten upon.
There's really not a lot I can do about this silliness but vent. And in all honesty, I can't believe that whoever is getting his rocks off doing this is having the slightest impact on sales, so it's not worth more than this. But I wanted to get this out of my system. I mean, I don't see it happening to any other authors, so I've got to think that it's a personal matter.
And if you, the Obsessed Anti-Fan, are out there reading this right now, why don't you take the time to drop me a line and explain what your problem is? Then we can try to work it out. (Not really. I'll crush you like a bug, and you know it. You think you're the only childish, petty person? Hah!)