Book Bloggers BewareAugust 15, 2008 at 11:54 am | Posted in Books, LIfe, Reading | 27 Comments
Tags: bad blogging experience, comment harassment, lessons in book blogging, reviwing self-published books
I was contacted by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists earlier this year to see if I would be interested in reading and reviewing a book. I won’t mention the name of that book here because I don’t want it to be picked up by search engines. Here is a picture of the cover so you know which book I’m talking about:
I read this book and reviewed it. It was awful, but I tried to be as fair as possible. Over the past week, I started receiving comments from people involved with this family that had absolutely nothing to do with my review. The first comment was from someone speaking out for the mother. I was a little concerned about it, but ultimately didn’t do anything because it did offer the other side of the story. It was after that that things started going down hill.
The co-author and publisher of the book replied back to the initial commenter with a 1,550 word response, which started a volley of vitriol between the two sides. I started deleting these comments as soon as they were posted. Once I started doing that, spam-like comments from people using the first names of both authors starting pouring in. As a result, I unpublished my review of this book yesterday afternoon. If you are interested in my review of this book, I still have it listed on LibraryThing. It wasn’t worth the effort required to monitor the comments. Within hours of taking that review off-line I started getting emails from people I do not know asking me why that post is no longer available on my blog. I will not be replying to those emails.
I cannot begin to tell you how much I regret ever agreeing to read and review this book. Not only did I not enjoy the book, but now I’m starting to feel a little harassed as a result. I do not in any way want to be a part of this family feud. If you are contacted about reviewing this book, I strongly suggest you decline the offer. If you’ve already agreed to read and review it, I would strongly suggest not posting your review. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. I will be contacting Phenix & Phenix to let them know what their clients are doing. I’ve now learned my lesson about reading and reviewing self-published books.