You've all heard the story of the author bragging about stalking a reviewer online, right? Most of you have also heard the one about the reviewer being physically attacked by another equally unstable author. If you haven't heard that story from the victim's point of view, you can read it here:
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I only have two comments.
For the reviewers - please don't let the actions of two obviously disturbed nutcases keep you from being honest in your posts. You should be able to say what you think. It's a free planet...in some places...occasionally. Just remember, it's easy to stalk people online and it costs very little to purchase a background check if you're able to accumulate enough random information. I've seen people do it. $20 and a stranger you've never met will know every address and employer you've ever had. A blog under an alias is a great idea. You don't have to be silent, just be smart.
For the authors - I don't think I need to tell you that if you're serious about this career, you'd better learn to handle yourself better than these nitwits. You will get slammed. Criticism is as much a part of publishing as signing autographs. The higher you rise in the rankings, the bigger audience those negative reviews will have and the more of them you will get. There is no such thing as an author who only gets positive reviews. It simply doesn't happen. If you can't take negative (and sometimes brutal) comments about your writing, you're in the wrong business because you will never reach a point in your career where those cease to happen. Never.
I'd love to hear from you guys. What's your advice for dealing with bad reviews, crazy authors, or troll bloggers?