Author Advice, Author Rant

The truth behind the glitter? … A look at the dark side of the publishing world #7 #WritingCommunity #AmWriting #AmEditing #CreatingPerfection

As an editor and book blogger, I spend all my time talking to authors. One thing that’s shocked me recently is the number of conversations I’ve had about the dark side of the publishing world.

Not just the stuff in the public eye, but what goes on for the authors on a personal level.

The world has a certain idea of what an author’s life is like and as such, authors feel the need to keep up a pretence to the public.

It’s with this in mind that I’ve started this feature to give authors a safe place to talk about the things that go on behind the scenes.

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

I want to show people that they aren’t alone, that all the fears and hates and things that terrify them about this world do the same to others, we just don’t talk about it properly.

These posts will be anonymous.

If you want to rant … follow this link.

*The thoughts of the author are not necessarily the thoughts of Creating Perfection*

Now it’s over to ranter #7 …

Author, tell us a little about your publishing journey so far …

Far beyond my expectations, with a bestselling series behind me, I have managed to build up a loyal fanbase over the past couple of years.

Now rant …

My biggest gripe is the review troll.

We all get them.

The little mindless twerps who live beneath bridges and only emerge when there is a new book to mark down with a low rating. None of us expect great reviews or ratings all the time, because you can’t please everybody. But because the trolls know that hitting you with a low rating impacts on your average, they stick the knife in just because they can.

I’ve had at least a couple without any previous history of reviewing at all, and no obvious purchase, appear, slap my book with a 1* and then vanish again, back beneath their rock underneath the bridge.

Recently I noticed two of my books had been given a 3* with just ‘It was okay’ on them. It intrigued me, so I checked on their history, only to find that virtually every book in their list had been given the exact same review/rating. If somebody provides a thoughtful review but doesn’t like my book, then so be it – it’s only to be expected.

But the book trolls are nasty pieces of work. I cannot imagine what drives them, other than malicious spite.

Huge thanks for sharing, Anonymous Author.

Readers, do let me know your thoughts on these issues.

I hope the rant helped x

Authors, if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to reaching out to book bloggers, read this article about how to Approach Book Bloggers.

If you’re looking for help with publicity, see what a blog tour is and how you can organise one here.

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