When Bad Reviews Happen to Good People

Susan Wigg’s finds herself to be the latest victim of a bad review: she’s had four different negative reviews posted on Amazon for her paperback release, FIRESIDE (THE LAKE SHORE CHRONICLES). If you read the negative reviews, they all pretty much say the same thing: they all thought the book was too political. Well, hell, I find that to be a valid complaint. Here is the author’s response to these complaints:

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to post negative reviews about Fireside. The same person used 4 (and counting) different names to give poor Fireside 4 low ratings. I’m very flattered by the attention! And Fireside is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. So keep clicking on it! Yay!

Three of her fake personae were created just to trash Fireside. The other has posted nasty reviews for Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice, Bill Clinton, labor unions and Democrats in America. She pretty much hates everything except self-aggrandizing, right-wing memoirs. She probably hates puppies and angel food cake, too.

When people go to that much trouble to be negative, you have to feel sorry for them. But they say the more vociferous the objections, the more important the book. Also, if she’d actually read the book, she would have seen where the storyline that caused her meltdown went–in an unexpected direction. AJ’s story in Fireside plays into the themes of family, commitment and loyalty, which I love to explore in my fiction.

I don’t need for everyone to love my books, and I have the e-mail to prove it. So I won’t be asking Amazon to remove the review-bombs. Besides, controversy sells books. Just ask President Obama.

While Ms. Wiggs seems to be taking her negative review(s) aka “review bombs” with aplomb, I’m not exactly convinced that the reviews are all written by the same person but your mileage may vary. Out of 31 reviews, she’s had four negative reviews. Sounds like a WIN to me. I was tempted to do an experiment where I would do a negative review and see if she would accuse me of being the same person who wrote the other four negative reviews. The hypothesis being that any negative review will be received by this author as an unfair attack. Suffice to say, there is a flaw in my plan. I’ve never read the book and have no plans to read the book in the near future. Too little time and too many books to read. Enjoy your weekend.


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4 Responses to When Bad Reviews Happen to Good People

  1. Tee says:

    Never having been an author, it just has to suck when one reads negative reviews for something that is almost like a baby to you. You bring it to birth and feel you did your best and then someone has the nerve to knock it. However, unlike a real human birth, these babies are for sale; so the different reactions by the buying public are part of the game and to be expected.

    I gave up on Susan Wiggs some years ago; so as with you, I won’t be reading this book. When you put out a product for the consumer and expect to get paid for it, the consumer has the right to say whether they enjoyed it or not. I don’t think it should be done rudely, but it’s okay to voice your opinion. I hope, though, it wasn’t one person for all four reviews–that’s unfair. On the other hand, the author also has the right to react to any opinion, being sure, of course, that what he/she is stating is accurate.

  2. Avid Reader says:

    There is no way for Ms. Wiggs to know if these four reviews are related unless she has backend access and she doesn’t. In fact, one of the accused reviewers left a comment to her original blog post stating as much and said she’d been a fan of hers for years. It seems to be the new thing now to presume that negative reviews all seem to be coming from one source as nobody should/would ever have such a valid complaint or negative response to one’s work. Some author’s handle criticism well and some don’t.

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  4. Renee says:

    Hey Keishon!
    I just wanted you to know I gave you a Premio Dardos award over at my place. Congrats! 🙂

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