Two Cents Thursday {1}

Two Cents Thursdays are for sharing my thoughts and feelings about book and blog related discussions and sometimes not-so book and blog related discussions. If anything I add here offends you, I'm not sorry.

I'm not one to beat around the bush, so I'll tell you this post is a direct result of all the drama surrounding the upcoming book, The Selection by Kiera Cass. I'm sure most of you have read something about this but if you haven't here's a short story:

One day, this happy book blogger posted an honest review of this book:

More or less said she hated it.
Publicist read the review and went to town. 
I mean crazy town. 
Basically tainting her whole reputation and the author's. 
The end.

I know the whole author-vs-blogger fight on the issue of negative reviews comes and goes around book blogs and websites but when will enough be enough already? Where does it all come from? What are these people's problems? Why do they attack us? Will it ever stop?

I've only been blogging a year and half but I've repeatedly read about authors catching titty attacks if you say you didn't like their book. I've noticed this more-so from debut or self-published authors. Since e-readers are on the rise and only getting more popular by the minute, more DIY publishing is bursting onto the book scene. It might be their inexperience that causes them to act out but it's no excuse. I'm in no way saying that all self-published and debut authors act like this (I know many that are very professional), but after awhile a few of these bad apples will spoil the bunch and reviewers may become leery of reading material from them. I mean, who the hell wants to get bitched-out every time they don't like a book? Which brings up the point, why do authors get so upset when you give their book a negative review?

Because they treat their book like it's a child. Think about it: a book is something you bring into existence. It comes from within you. It's a product of your creative soul and you love it unconditionally. You've nourished it, watched it grow. Personally, it's sentimental to you.

Sound familiar???

The problem with acting like your book is a Baby Alive, is that you'll always go into mother-mode to defend it. For example--all the moms out there--if someone came up to you and said they hated your daughter, told you she had no talent whatsoever, was dull and boring and couldn't stand looking at her one more second...what would you do? Some would just walk away. Some would take other measures:

Authors, please, man the fuck up. Your book is not a baby. Sure it felt like one when it was a first draft. But now it's been published and you're going to have to let it fend for itself. Not everybody is going to love what you wrote. As long as you're happy with it, that's all that should matter. You took a giant leap by putting your work out there in the world (kudos) and you should be able to accept any criticism (good or bad) that comes along. Writing a book is so much more than words on paper, a part of it is being able to become a professional and deal with your audience respectfully. If you can't do any of those things, you're probably not ready to write for a living.

Book publicists, don't think you're off the hook. If you're going around promoting the acts of bias reviews, comments and "likes" on Amazon, Goodreads, etc., you're even worse than these authors with their boo-hoo baby tantrums. The fact that you're in favor of that type of behavior or secretly behind it, is just embarrassing and shameful. And bad marketing. Even if you can get us to buy a book with these tactics, just remember, we'll still either hate it or love it. And some of us will write about it. But you don't care so much at that point because you've made a few jingles to put in your pocket. So you're basically trying to censor us from being honest so you can get paid. What kind of example are you setting for the authors you're publishing? Really, you should know better.

Between the tirades on bloggers that write straightforward reviews of their viewpoint on a book and all these laws in approval of internet censorship trying to bully their way into our personal online sanctuaries, where is our freedom of speech headed? Hmmmm...a certain book comes to mind:

I think Ally Condie has the right idea as to the future of our First Amendment.

I guess the moral of this post is if somebody comes along and shits all over your beautiful debut book, so what. That's life. Get over it. If it's bothering you that much, then go write something better.

As for the The Selection, if you go to my 2012 Debut Author Challenge page, you'll see it's listed as one of my choices. When I first heard the drama, I decided to keep it there because I didn't want another person's opinion of a book to have an influence over me. But I am going to replace it with another title because of the actions and attitude of the publicist and not because of a bad review. Just thought I'd make that clear.


  1. I haven't read Matched yet, but after reading your comparison I think I'm going to bick it up. I was also unsure whether I wanted to "blacklist" The Selection but in the end I took it off my list too.

    It was just handled so poorly.

    1. Yes Jess, I agree with you. It's just a sad situation.

      Matched is a very light and romantic dystopian novel and it touches on how censored a society we become in the future. Kind of reminded me of all the problems that occur now when you speak your mind.


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