The latest wank heard ‘round the internet is to resurrect the reviewers vs. authors debate. This includes how authors should or shouldn’t behave towards reviews (really? This horse hasn’t been beaten to death yet?) and whether reviewers are worth the salt to give a shit about anyway. I won’t reiterate those arguments or even link them because they’re tired, stale, and nothing especially original anyway. Plus I’m also lazy and I can’t remember all the various posts and don’t want to twist anyone’s panties by not linking them.* If you want my take on whether reviewers are “professional” you can read that HERE.
*as an aside if anyone has a post they’ve written about it comment with a link to your post and I’ll be happy to add a list of links so everyone can read those posts too.
However the point of this post is because unfortunately some very good, honest reviewers have said “fuck it” to reviewing after feeling like their efforts aren’t appreciated. That’s really sad, just as it is when any author gets bogged down in the negative reviews. It’s focusing on the negative instead of the actual real purpose in reading and reviewing.
My take on the whole fubar situation is to focus on those that matter.
If an author wants to slam reviewers, bitch about reviews, and basically call reviewers worthless? Fine. Don’t buy, read, or review those authors anymore. You know who they are. Let them stew in their little corner without those they deem immaterial. Don’t waste your time on them either.
Focus on those dozens if not more of authors that respect reviewers and actively seek out the blogger readers who buy their books and convince their friends to buy the books too. The positive authors easily outnumber the bitching rhetoric filled ones so focus on those that do care and do matter.
Promote authors that you like and actually send out a positive message on their blogs instead of veiled or open insults. The positive blogs tend to be quieter since they’re not stirring up shit and trying to spew hate but they’re out there and worth your time. These authors are the ones we should be focusing on and caring about. These books are the ones we should be reading and reviewing.
Let the negative ones disappear instead of giving them the time, attention, and focus they don’t deserve. Focus on the ones that do matter and care.