I must start this post by congratulating my good mate Jack Eason for his book The Seventh Age making it to Number One on the Amazon UK paid bestsellers under Science Fiction adventure. There is surely no one who deserves this success more than Jack.
However, as I looked at the book’s page on Amazon, and starting reading the reviews, I noticed something that is becoming more and more prevalent. The new nasty reviewer. These low life always hide behind anonymity to post their rubbish and vent their spleen, which I imagine is from some sick sense of envy, gaining notoriety, or simply childish attention seeking.
I checked the so called reviewer whose comment had irked me and was not surprised to find a long list of previous reviews that followed a similar theme. Trash bagging I would call it. There was a blog link on the reviewer’s page on Amazon, which I followed, but once again struck total anonymity.
Unfortunately there are more and more of these, for want of a better word, scumbags, who seem to have little else to fill their lives other than wading around Amazon looking for writers and books to bag. It’s one reason I avoid Amazon forums like the black plague.
So what can you do if you are unlucky enough to get one attacking your book? The best advice I’ve heard is to just ignore them. You can click the button saying that the review was not helpful, but commenting or attacking these idiots is just what they want, so don’t feed them.
In the case of Jack’s book as it is almost always, the cretin’s review sticks out like a sore thumb as being from and idiot and most readers are smart enough to figure this out for themselves and will ignore it.
We’ve all learned to live with spammers, so I’m sure we’ll learn to live with these new idiots too.