A Clarifying Post

Sunday, March 17, 2013
As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, the post I wrote this weekend, about the four villains of negative energy, received quite the response. I'm going to try to clarify what the post was about, and what my views are on negative reviews.

I have since deleted the post. I didn't want to offend anyone, obviously! Truly not my intention. It was about haters in every corner of life. Whether it be someone hating on you because you like going to museums on the weekends instead of partying. Whether they're hating on you because of the music you like. Or where you live or where you go to school or where your dad works. I was hated on a lot in school. That's what the post was really about.

In fact, I've read a lot of really great negative reviews. Not because they hated the book (obviously!) but because they were able to articulate what they disliked about it, why they disliked it. In my opinion, negative reviews help me make the next books better. I can see where I went wrong, or maybe see what my weak points are on story crafting.

The post was originally inspired by reviewers that cross the line. I think Mike Mullin said it best in his responding post here.

"Let me be clear, there are real haters out there. There are reviewers who choose to comment on the author's weight instead of her work. Or her clothing. Or who write personally threatening things. I have author friends who've been victims of this kind of "review". And I used female pronouns for a reason; women seem far more likely to face this kind of internet hatred than men. I recognize that I've been fortunate not to have to face this sort of "review," and I have one message for anyone writing them: Seek psychiatric help."

This is what I was referring to. Not negative reviews as a whole. Some of the coolest book people I've met are book bloggers. And they didn't even necessarily like my book. Some of my closest friends are book bloggers and we met through Twitter and the genuine love of literature. That's the best part about my job, IMO.

So, I hope that helps clarify what the post was about, and what it wasn't about. That I am, in no way, saying all book bloggers who write negative book reviews, are haters. That would be silly and close-minded.

So, from the deepest part of my soul, I apologize if I offended anyone. I <3 book bloggers. I want book bloggers in my life. 

(A note: I am turning off comments on this post because I want this to be the last I say on this matter. My daughter is asking to go outside and play, and I think that's exactly what I need right now, after this. So I would rather this be my closing remark.)