How Not To Respond to Reviews: #1 Threatening black magic

Discussion in 'The Art of Critique' started by Tenderiser, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale "Cue the artillery" Contributor

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    Well, I'm definitely not going to get into an occult fight with nine magi. Six or seven, sure. Eight if I was feeling really lucky, but nine? Nope, tapout :)
     
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    It's important to know your limits. Good job.
     
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    Damn. I just watched a couple video reviews of my books - it IS way more impactful than a written review. Luckily they were favourable reviews, but if they hadn't been, I think they might have really stung.

    Huh. Interesting.
     
  4. Laurin Kelly

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    How did you find them?
     
  5. BayView

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    I went to YouTube and searched my author name (Cate Cameron, in this case) and review. So ["Cate Cameron" review]. I didn't find any for Kate Sherwood - just a metric fuck-tonne of pirated audiobooks. Much more rewarding to find the Cate Cameron ones!
     
  6. Laurin Kelly

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    Apparently I'm safe then!
     
  7. Link the Writer

    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    If I were the reviewer, I would've said, "Bring it on, bitch."
     
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    Black magic is made up nonsense. For egregious reviews, I recommend voodoo.
     
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    Blood magic is the preferred medium of the well red.
     
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    Um, um, @Tenderiser, when we gonna get "How Not to Respond to Reviews" No. 2?
     
  11. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    When one of you gets a bad review and orders 10 tons of manure to be delivered to the reviewer's house? :D
     
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  12. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Shh. The safeword is Swiss Fish Salad. :D Contributor

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    Well that would fill a shit load of stockings this Christmas. :supergrin:
     
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  13. S A Lee

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    Is it bad that when I read @Cave Troll and @Tenderiser's posts the thing I remembered was when the guys behind Cards Against Humanity literally sold boxes of bull poop as a form of Black Friday protest?
     
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  14. EstherMayRose

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    That's bullshit!
     
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  15. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Shh. The safeword is Swiss Fish Salad. :D Contributor

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    Well I have seen a guy selling horse manure...though
    he specifically stated it as "Horse Maneuver".
    (Rednecks have the spelling skills of horse shit.) :supergrin:
     
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    Hi. I am still trying to remember how to be social in a forum.
    As some of you know and kindly encouraged me to be strong, I had my first one-star review to a novel I literally starved to be able to publish. It is not a nice experience at all.
    I have never given such a low rate to anything in my life. I don't think any story deserves comments like the ones I received.
    But when you expose yourself in public, that's the price you pay. I know that very well. I have been a blogger for five years and the amount of frustration and venom people are able to spread it's unbelievable.
    To stay on topic, I was so heartbroken that I wrote my despondency on Facebook. I don't do that generally. Many of my friends (and not only) expressed their intent to go and beat the sh** out of my horrible reviewer. I also felt the impulse to slap that person hard across the face because I don't believe they read the story at all. And I am against violence. Any sort of violence.
    It's hard to accept criticism, generally... that was just pure hatred and it seemed more like defamation on purpose.
    I had nightmares, but "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," right?
    I have many things to do, so I don't have time to focus on that.
    In my opinion, "what goes around, comes around," at some point in this life or the others. So I will cry when they hurt me and keep spreading the love.
    My love to all of you,
     

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  17. S A Lee

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    @Cristina G The internet is truly the Petri dish of human emotion. I find one thing that helps is knowing what logical fallacies are. So much so that the yourlogicalfallacyis.com poster as my computer wallpaper.

    Honestly, it takes a thoroughly miserable person to write a fallacious bad review, and it's not worth the energy.

    I got slammed when I wrote a DNAngel fanfic where I used the original name for the main character's pet (With) rather than the localised one (Wiz). Since it wasn't in one go I wrote a header in the next chapter explaining that With is the romanisation that the original author used and is kept in the French localisation, of which I owned the first volume.

    This was when I was about 15. Fanfiction was my training wheels.
     
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    As i said on your status, you've got one poor review and 3 4 star reviews .... focus on the 75% and ignore the 25% (unless there is anything you can learn from it, which isnt the case this time round)....you've finished your novel and published it which puts you significantly ahead of 90% of people who set out to write a book.... and yay it got mostly good reviews, cause for celebration :cheerleader:
     
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    S A Lee - Thank you so much. I absolutely agree with you. I was shocked, but it got better. It's funny how I am a writer who writes about how to cope with this. Ironic really. It's true when they say that a psychologist needs a counsellor.

    I am sorry you got slammed when you were 15. It must have been really hard, but you kept writing, right? Many people give up because of some creatures' frustration and arrogance. Such a pity really.
     
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    Thanks again, big soft moose - You nickname makes me smile. Smiling is good. You are a good person. Thanks for existing. I shall celebrate then. Cheers.
     
  21. S A Lee

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    Well, if it helps, every counsellor who's any good at their job have had counselling themselves. I think it's one of the reasons that they are good at their job.

    Honestly, I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go back then, so I wasn't stellar or anything, I had a lot to learn.

    I'm going to draw a comparison from recent events and say be Sadiq Khan to this reviewer's Trump. When someone says something ill-advised, don't waste your time with their stupidity. I'm sure that other reviews will drown it out, so focus on getting the public interested.
     
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    S A Lee - Got it. It's what I am doing.
    If the critics are constructive, then one learns a lot.

    As I don't watch TV or read the news, I really don't know anything about the names you quoted. I live in a very small world. Me and my stories. I do know who is Trump though. That man scares the sh*** out of me.

    Thanks and have a great day!
     
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    Sadiq Khan is the mayor of London ... when Trump attacked him on Twitter over his handling of the recent terrorist events he said " I am too busy handling the emergency to be bothered with replying to Mr Trump" and then he just ignored everything Trump subsequently posted
     
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  24. S A Lee

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    @big soft moose it was his spokesman who said that, calling the tweet in question 'ill-informed' and 'deliberately taking [Khan's] words out of context'.

    He has said on Sky News that he has 'better and more important things to do' than answer Trump on Twitter, as well as that he doesn't think that Trump should visit us.

    But many, US, UK and other places, stood by Khan, including Rowling, who called Trump an 'alarmist blowhard' for his trouble.
     
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    Very wise man! Thank you for this and I am so sorry for my ignorance in matter of names. I am ashamed.
    Cheers.
     

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