I’m gonna go all Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul on your asses this morning, so bear with me. I just dropped my son off at his Christian preschool, the Christian part being fine with me and not so much with his father who was subjected to several years of Catholic school. Whatevs. At preschool age they sing songs and make Jesus sock puppets and learn how to be nice. They learn the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My son is three and he gets it. You know who isn’t getting it? Writers who write mean-spirited, illogical reviews of others work.
I don’t like to write reviews and frankly, I’m not very good at it. However, if I really like someone’s writing, especially an indie writer, I’ll do my best to say something and do the star rating thing. I have never given anyone less than three stars and the three stars usually come from their work just not being my taste. I rarely read anything that I would give less than three stars to and on the occasion I do, I don’t review it or rate it. Why you ask? Don’t you all deserve to know what I think is crap? Well, for one thing my opinion isn’t anymore important than yours is. Just because I’m a writer doesn’t mean I know better than someone who isn’t. So, when I get spazzy and enthusiastic about books and stories that I really love, the ones that I don’t get so crazed over? They might be your spazzy about books. For another thing, giving another writer a bad review-especially one that is poorly written and obviously vindictive-is bad for business. Another platitude applies here: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You see, because when I read a mean-spirited review written by an author of another’s work, I don’t even consider their opinion and make a mental note to not read any of their work. I wonder if they realize that this isn’t a case of all publicity is good publicity, but instead a big fat advertisement that they are a douchebag?
It annoys me that everyone can’t follow the Golden Rule and that some people go out of their way to tear down other writers, but the best revenge, I suppose, is to go on writing and improving while they waste their time showing everyone how lame they are.