I had planned of writing my review for Playing with Monsters * hopefully later today* but got sidetracked and went to Goodreads.
Now I am FURIOUS!
Why do people give 1 STARS when they haven’t read the book because the ARCs are not even available????
Sorry here I try to stay cool and funny and laid back while blogging but today as I was looking on GR for the publishing date of Tick-tock by Jane Harvey-Berrick I noticed 1 stars rating.
1 stars? And no other rating?
I mean not everyone love every book of course but I was intrigued as I did not even know if it was a beta reader or ….as the ARCs haven’t been sent yet.
Well turns out that that person had not read the book but made assumption based on the teaser or the cover or …. She even tweeted about her hate for the book so it was not a mistake!
I usually ignore the haters and maybe I had a bad hair day but today it erupted like a volcano and I just had to vent.
If you want to give a low rating something that is perfectly cool in my world as not every book is for every reader blablabla do it AFTER having read at least SOME of the book!
And explain your opinion.
I love a good discussion with a reader having a totally different opinion on a book I’ve loved but I expect a DISCUSSION as in ARGUMENTS and enlightened points and weaknesses that you saw.
Not a bashing just because you can give 1 star and hurt other people who work hard to write a book!
Many writers I know are indie and most of the time have a full or part time job. They write in their spare time and invest a lot in their stories. Rating one star without reading the book is purely and simply mocking them!
-Have YOU ever tried to write a book before?
-Have YOU tried to find beta readers and write, rewrite again and again?
-Have YOU tried to find some publishing house only to face rejection countless time?
-Have YOU had the guts to publish your baby exposing your work *rather your soul* to criticism?
-Have YOU tried to make your work known contacting bloggers, readers or PR agencies and sweating because getting visibility is so hard?
-Have YOU ever cried when someone destroyed your world in bashing your work on social media without any explanations just because they feel powerful behind their screen?
Then DON’T BASH! Please if you want to give 1 star, be my guest BUT READ the BOOK before!!!!!
When I wrote this on Facebook today someone told me people put one star on not yet released books because it’s a reminder they want to read it …. Well that’s what TBR shelves are for. Or write a small comment if it’s your way of working…
Sorry rant over I’ll be back to my bubbly self today.
Question for you: do you think such people should be excluded from Goodreads? Any idea as how to make this stop?
Thanks for reading and sorry for the outburst!