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April 5, 2016

Gush & Gripe: Author Fallouts, Blog Content #discussion



Have you ever had a fallout with an author because you didn't like their book?



I have. Three names come to mind but for the purpose of avoiding drama, they will remain anonymous. Let me give you a general overview of what happened as its basically the same: I've known these talented writers since the first year of Talk Supe and a friendly symbiotic relationship began. 

Things fell apart after I read one of their recent works, disliked it, and gave my honest opinion. I never heard from them since and I can't help but feel punished because I cared enough to pick out the things that didn't work for me versus lying and giving a fake five just so I can save their star rating average? That would be very disingenuous of me and go against the basic principles of my platform. 

Anyway, has this happened to you? Do you mind sharing your experience? Was the issue resolved?


Moving on to other topics, Tonyalee of Lilybloom Books did a blog content survey last week. I've seen and answered a few of these surveys and decided to do one for Talk Supe. My 5 year blogiversary is coming up and I think it's time I ask around and see if this is still a worthwhile hobby and if changes are needed to make this endeavor more effective. Thanks for answering the survey in advance! 










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40 comments:

  1. Hey Braine! So sorry I've been MIA for so long. Life just doesn't seem to want to stop. *sigh*

    I had a fall out with an author a while back. I enjoyed the first two books of the series but the third book was soooo booring for me. It felt like it was the same thing book after book and by the third book it settled in on me. I was honest with the review and that author was upset with me as they didn't think I was objective of the writing skills. Um... What? lol. But I've never heard from that author again and I'm okay with that, I don't need that drama.

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  2. Sadly yes. I was with an author from the very beginning and then when I gave their book three stars and was very honest (but respectful) in my review, I have since not heard from them. It is sad, especially since the review wasn't bad, not at all. In fact I said their new series had a lot of promise and I wanted to read more but I guess because it wasn't my normal four or five stars, they were offended or upset by it.

    Honestly, I don't know what happened. They don't even ask me to participate in cover reveals or anything :(

    Pretty disheartening and sad to see.

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    1. Honestly, Ali if they can't handle your criticism, they'll never be able to handle anybody else's. Because you give the nicest reviews even if you didn't quite enjoy the experience. <3

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    2. There is NOTHING wrong with a 3 star review it wasn't a dnf

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  3. I can't say this has happened to me before, Braine. I think it's because I don't really work closely with any authors. I usually interact with their publicists more than I do directly with the authors. But that sucks. You shouldn't feel like you're being "punished" for stating an opinion. Not cool. Not cool at all.

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  4. It happens yes, I had one who was so unhappy about my feeling. she made a heroine that we can only dislike and well it was complicated so I didn't like the book and she was not happy. I think the worst was when I have posted a comment on a blog, it was a sci fi and I saif that I didn't want to read th book because it wasn't for me and the next day I had an email for the author quite aggressive...

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  5. Hmm ... I'm sure it has happened. I know there have been a couple authors who weren't exactly thrilled with what I had to say, but it isn't like we had any type of relationship to begin with. So I don't think that counts as a fallout. OH! I think during my first year there was an "issue". Okay ... I reviewed and liked it (gave it 4 stars), but I mentioned a couple things 1) how 'ummmmmmmm' was overused and 2) that the hero needed to grow a pair. lol. Well, she shared my review and tagged me, then she and her friends proceeded to talk about how I'm wrong and took offense blah blah blah. lol. What's funny is, I even used a quote where he was described as having the self-esteem of a gnat. So, how was I wrong? She asked me to review more after that and I declined.

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  6. Well, I'm not sure. I've never had an author attack me yet and this is good. But I have had two drop contact after having been friends on social media when I gave average 3 ratings- yep, not awful, just average. Honestly, I was okay with that decision if it kept things from escalating to something worse. But what left me scratching my head was when I came across a mutual friend's post and the same woman who didn't like my mediocre review was scathing about someone else's book in her own review.
    Oh well, part of what comes when one does book reviewing I guess.

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  7. Havent had a fallout with a author and Im hoping I dont. But if I do, I would just move on, life is too short to try to please people. They should be grateful you took time oit of your life to read and review their work. Authors have to get to the understanding that everyone isnt going gush about their work.

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  8. I had a fallout with an author. I didn't enjoy the book, gave a detailed, honest review, and they wanted to argue about it. Change my mind. It was early in my reviewing and I felt sad. I stuck to my rating and will always give an honest one.

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  9. I have had a couple of authors disappear after I reviewed their books. They were usually 3 stars or less so I wasn't too worried. I didn't have a really big connection to them. The authors I do deal with now are very understanding that I will rate a book honestly.

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  10. I've had a few falling outs - but because I basically refused to review, or just wasn't interested. I am one of those that feels like lines can blur, so if I talk to someone on a daily basis about whatever, I don't feel comfortable reviewing their book, ya know? The other situation was because I accepted a review book, weeks later didn't sign up for the tour because of scheduling, and then the author was PISSED I didn't sign up for the tour. Like, that's my problem their tour hosts did a piss poor job??

    Anyway, I am glad the survey sparked some interest! I was kind of shocked by the response, simply because it's WAY different from what previous one's have shown.

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  11. I'm sorry you've had this experience, Braine. I hope there was nothing malicious done to you. I don't know why an author would get upset over a 3 star review...or even less. I think that having some lower rating actually validates the work. An author cannot write a book that will please everyone, even if they'd like to think they can. And our ratings are subjective! Geez!
    I haven't had an author drop contact with me over a rating - and I have given lower ratings (3 & 4 stars) to some of my favs - but I have had one author who I've reviewed from the start stop interacting with me almost completely as they got more popular. I get that I'm small potatoes in the blogosphere but it made me feel less valued. :/

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  12. Lucky I have managed to avoid as well.
    Happy early blogoversary! Mine is coming up in June I think

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  13. Had this happen to me before I started my blog, but I reviewed on GR and Amz a lot. Pretty hurtful experience because the author attacked my character and slung a few racists remarks around. I'm over it, but she wanted me to remove my review and I didn't. I received an email from her a few months later asking to read and review the revised edition. I didn't even reply, and marked it as spam.

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  14. I haven't so far *knocks on wood*

    I think I've hurt a few feelings by not loving one book out of say...the other 5 but they have never said anything. Just sort of drifted off for a while but then we talked again later.

    I'm pretty careful which authors I interact with these days. Before I accept a book for review (directly from an author) I try to see how they react to negative reviews or their overall attitude about bloggers.

    I have had readers comment in mass on my blog for not liking a popular YA title. They kept saying how nice the author was. I never said she wasn't...lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  15. It happens and it is sad, because while I might not have loved one book, I love the rest. I had an author who wrote 2 different genres. I loved the one and felt meh about the other...no more offers for review books after giving one an honest review, despite raving about the others.

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  16. I don't think I have, at least it wasn't anything obvious. If you didn't hear from the author again maybe they just assumed that you didn't want to read more of their stuff? Was it just radio silence? Maybe if you review one of their books in the future and you like it and review it they'll realize that they need to be a bit more friendly about things. I don't know, I guess I get hurt feelings easily so maybe I'm kind of feeling both sides here. I'm not saying you shouldn't have been honest, but I can understand where they may not be sure what to say to you? I suppose they could have thanked you for the review and that's it. It's not like it has to be discussed or anything. I don't know the full story though so I don't know... I guess it would kind of depend on other factors.

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    1. I get that and it does feel awkward from the author's perspective not knowing what to give th reviewer after s/he didn't their book.

      In my case it was pretty obvious. Can you believe I invited this one person to write a GP and the post was a passive aggressive dig at me? I still posted it because I wanted to take the high road, but never heard from her again. Adios!

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  17. That sucks. I only really keep in contact with one author and thankfully she is not like that. I've beta-read a bunch of her books and there have been a few that I didn't like and I told her the reasons why. She wrote me back and either asked me what she could do to make it better, confessed that that was a part she was uncertain of in the first place, or chalked it up to my personal tastes. I think it's ridiculous to expect people to always love your work.

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  18. Yep, I have had that happen as well. I did a beta read for an author whom I was close with, and I made grammatical corrections and fixed a few mistakes, and she took offense and I have not really had a relationship with her since. I will say that I have read several of her books since then, and I still run across grammar errors and such. I have decided it is better just to keep my distance from authors and that way I don't feel pressure to have to like everything even if I don't.

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  19. Actually I had a similar experience but I loved the book and gave it 5 stars wrote what I thought was a great review. This author asked us all to tag her in the posts for the reviews and I did and she usually shared the reviews on her fb page. So I tagged her and she wrote "Great, thanks." but didn't share to her page and then 2 minutes later shared another review to her page and wrote, "Now this is a great review. I wish more reviews were like this." So I went and read it...the review was about 3 sentences long and didn't talk about the book at all, just how great the author was. I didn't write anymore reviews for her. If she thought that was a great review then I was wasting my time.

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  20. There was this one author who I met my first year blogging, and she was so fun, but then she turned into one of those. if you hate my book you hate reading..and if you give my book a 3 you hate the world

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  21. I have been lucky enough to not have that happen to me, Braine! And with authors I am friendly with, I make sure to remind them that my review will be absolutely honest, and that there's no guarantee that I'll enjoy all their books, even if I've enjoyed most of them.
    I've had the opposite happen once, though, after reviewing a couple of books 3 stars, the next book by that same author was 5 stars from me, and she thanked me, because she knew I was always honest, and that having a 5 star from me really meant something...
    I think all we can do is to continue doing our thing! We read and write reviews on our own time, and we should be able to say exactly what works and what doesn't - we are sharing our opinions after all :)
    Have a wonderful Wednesday evening, Braine :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  22. Sort of? I've reviewed books by a couple of authors and were gushing and all 5 stars. One wrote in a different genre and had me review it. It was a 3 but I still liked it. Same with another author. No drama, but no more offers to read the books or the series I really enjoyed either.

    The biggest drama came from someone else's review and the author asked me if he should comment. I just suggested that he leave it alone and know that it is only one person's opinion. It was a bit of a harsh review, but honest. I hope he gleaned from it what he wanted and threw away the rest.

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  23. Great post Braine and yes it happens, sadly but true and its hard to have a blog for 6yrs without it happening although since I don't have many reviews on my blog I don't experience too many angry authors. I have had some scathing emails from authors I review for publication.
    And the one thing that really sticks out in my mind happened when I was visiting an author's website to get background info for an interview and I saw her plea for "honest" reviews to be posted on Goodreads, Amazon etc.. but get this she said its fine to have your own opinion but if in your opinion the book rates less than a 4 please not to post it, REALLY. What part of HONEST review did she not get.

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  24. I don't think that's happened to me before? I'll be honest, I probably didn't notice if it did happen lol. I'd say ignore it unless you love their work so much you can't live without it.

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  25. A couple of years ago there was one author I gave constructive criticism to privately, because she kept reiterating that a character was so and so's brother all throughout the book. It got kind of repetitive, ya know. Anyway, she tried to get me to up my 4 star rating. She never contacted me again after that to read her next books, which was fine with me as I didn't care for her writing all that much to begin with. I get tired of seeing authors cry over anything less than 5 Stars. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Don't care and don't have time for whiny people in my life.

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  26. Braine! I know I don't visit much but I've left the book scene behind recently so when I saw this post pop up on my Google plus feed I had to respond!

    Girl, YES! I have had this happen to me SEVERAL times and it's ultimately why I left blogging all together. I got tired of trying to please bitchy authors who wanted to argue with me about MY opinion that they ASKED for! I started having to send a disclaimer to the requesting authors so they'd know I'm honest as f***!

    Anyway, I've had dealings with several big names that acted poorly and thus forced me to silently boycott their writing but the biggest ordeal came from an indie author (who I won't name outright) that PUBLICLY argued with me on my goodreads review of her novel about why I didn't like it then followed me to facebook (at the time) to hound me further in a private message. I won't call her out but I will post a link to said review so you can judge for yourself if you'd like. Great post btw!

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/823706390?book_show_action=false

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  27. I'm sorry that has happened to you, Braine. That can't have been a fun experience. I try not to have any relationships with authors for exactly that reason. You shouldn't have to change your opinion or rating of a book because they refuse to be friends again with you because of a bad rating.

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  28. I've had a couple like that who just fall away if you don't like one. And I've had a huge blow up with Lorelei James after not liking the ending of one of hers. I loved the rest of the book and even gave it a 4 but she lost her mind and I ended up having to get the publisher involved because she was asking her fans to attack my blog. It was ridiculous!

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    1. What?! That's insane!! I'll be sure not to read her work, I don't have the energy to fight off goons!

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  29. I've had a few instances like that were I didn't like or DNF'd a book and even a few beta reads and then never heard of the author again. No drama usually, I just never heard of them again. It's always a shame when that happens. Luckily there are also authors who react quite polite to negative reviews. I always believe in being honest in my reviews, as else what is my word worth? But it can be hard to tell the author you didn't like their book.

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  30. I've never had an issue like this, but Ive heard it from many other reviewers. If I hear about something like this (and it always ends up getting around), it is a great way to lose readers. Treat your bloggers badly and other bloggers don't want to be a part of that and will stop reading. I'm always honest with my reviews and if the author can't take it, then that is their problem, not mine. Great topic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  31. Some people can't take constructive criticism. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

    New follower vi Bloglovin'
    Lauren @Lauren's Reading Obession

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  32. I haven't had that happen to me. But even if it did happen on social media, i wouldn't have cared enough to notice. I just cant be bothered with all the drama and usually stay away :-) filled your survey BTW.

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  33. Thanks everyone for sharing your two-cents and for answering the survey. I'm happy I'm in good company, it's not worth the drama that's for sure.

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  34. That's awful that the authors did that. I would love to be a published author someday and I know that bad reviews or negative comments (if I see them) will upset me, but having blogged for so long, I'm not going to fault the blogger. It's your blog. You have to be honest.

    Filled out the survey! I love what you do though. :)

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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