Stop Author Abuse!

Here is a petition to put the GOOD in Goodreads. It’s worth reading the short petition letter, where it talks about authors wanting to add beauty to the world. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if the spite weren’t encouraged, or was at least discouraged? Why can’t people leave 1- or 2-star reviews for books that they read, but didn’t like, without including spitefulness? The big question is whether you, as an author, will unite with other authors and take a small stand against this, by signing the petition, commenting, or reblogging. Will fear of the troll keep you from taking this stand? It’s a challenging question to ask yourself.

The BookChick am making this post as a public service announcement. I just want to encourage all of my fellow readers and bloggers who are Goodreads members to disengage from attacking authors on the site. In the past couple of days, I have seen several Facebook posts by authors of different genres who have mentioned being attacked by readers. ‘Readers’ are one-starring pre-released books or dive bombing every book the author has ever written with one-star reviews. Why? Because these ‘readers’ feel as if the author has made some reprehensible infraction against the world of literature as a whole *eye roll*. I know…dramatic, right? But sadly, it’s true. The internet trolls have now taken up residence on Goodreads. They are pollinating the site with their vitriol against authors and fellow readers who might support the author or their book(s). At some point, we as a community of readers and authors…

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