I have seen a lot of stuff flying around the internet, authors saying they’ve been abused on places like Goodreads, readers saying they’ve been abused on similar sites and in general a whole lot of bickering back and forth over nothing.
First off, in my opinion you cannot be “abused” on the internet. The proper use of the word abuse is either:
To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use.
To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
Somehow I don’t think that is happening on the internet. I’ve been abused. The stupidity that happens in this virtual world? Not abuse. It is whining. It is silly. It is getting your feelings hurt usually by some chump who is too much of a coward to use their own name to blast you and would cower from you if confronted in the real world.
My fellow authors, take it with a grain of salt. People have opinions. They spout them. If you are good at your trade you will have way more positive than negative. Pardon my language but fuck the ones who want to set fire to your book. Remain calm, ignore them and generally they will go away. And oh… a bad review? Not abuse. Get over it.
My fellow book lovers: Try to be a little less excitable about what goes on in the virtual realm… and stop thinking because you are anonymous you can say whatever asinine thing you want. You don’t like a book? Fine. You are entitled to write a review and have the author ignore you or respond politely as they choose.
But this stupidity of starting wars over a book or something idiotic that either an author or a reader said? It has to stop. Especially since so much of it is in the Indie publishing realm. It is no wonder we have such a hard time getting main stream book stores to take us seriously when so many of our authors and readers act like we failed Kindergarten and that whole “play nice” lesson.
Feel free to whine and complain. Insulting, stupid or irrational comments will be happily ignored and reported to the proper authorities.