I hate that I have to address this in this community, but I need to make something clear.
I was recently attacked by an author who didn’t like my critical review of their novel. In every review I write I aim to discuss my personal opinion of the novel and what assets the novels hold, as well as what can be improved upon. When an author asks me to review their book, this is an agreement that is made. I do not promise glowing reviews, I promise honest ones, and that must be understood.
As many of you, I am the author of three novels myself. I know that it can be frustrating to receive a review that is not perfect, but it is NEVER okay to attack the reviewer or ask that the review be taken down. This author accused me of not being knowledgeable in their genre since I didn’t love their novel, and they continually sent me harassing emails with multiple blows about how I am inadequate reviewer.
I love being able to promote indie authors on my blog as well as through my monthly subscription box, Go Indie Now!, but I cannot stand for abuse in this manner. I do not get paid for the reviews that I leave or for my blog in any manner, and all of my reviews and promoting posts are done on my own time. I love all of you and work daily to help the indie industry grow, and I just am asking for mutual respect.
Thank you to all of the lovely authors that I have worked with for your kind words, and I love being able to support you and help you get your work out there. I just wanted to make it clear that my reviews are meant to help authors grow, and I expect mutual respect in this manner. We are all here to support one another, and attacking one another is not beneficial to either party. That being said, once my review list is completed I will be taking a much needed break to recoup emotionally. Thank you for your understanding ❤
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