Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Trolls who Trawl

From the acclaimed collection of  Lucy Pepper's Troll
Catalogue (permission given by Lucy)
See her collection here:

(Do take a look at Lucy Pepper's illustrations of internet trolls. They're all here:

The troll of choice today is the reviewer troll. All writers among us will know about these folk who trawl the online book sites such as Amazon and GoodReads, and enjoy throwing about 1 or 2 star reviews like fairy-dust when they probably haven't read the book. You can usually spot them spitting phlegm alongside the normal 4 and 5 stars.

This problem is being much debated at the moment, some people are badly affected by them, others try to get Amazon and GoodReads to remove the review (without success apparently). However, there is a common resounding advice to authors: do not reply or engage with these people. 

If you have been a victim, take a look at this fabulous blog post in which it's discussed by an author who has been hit:

  • Tell me, writers: What do you do in these cases?

  • And readers: If you've seen or had a book recommended to you but then you spot a 1 or 2 star review, does it put you off buying the book?