Yes, I’ve heard that more than once, but more frequently now that readers have more outlets on the internet. Does it bother me? Sometimes. I’m pretty thick-skinned but sometimes a reader will post something incredibly stupid and that irritates me. Hey – if I could write a book that appealed to everyone, I’d be one wealthy woman.
The latest comment that jerked my chain was where else? Goodreads. Some reader took me to task for describing a location the same way in 2 different books. Note to reader – it’s an ongoing series and the descriptions have to have continuity. I can’t just make up new descriptions in every book. If I did there would be more Goodreads floggings with my name attached.
Here’s what I don’t like. The internet gives people anonymity and that often inspires people to say things they wouldn’t normally say. I had one reader who posted a review on Amazon and while I was fine with the fact that she hated everything about the book, I was pissed when she announced who the murderer was in her review. I did complain to Amazon and they removed the review as it violated their posting policies. (BTW, in my complaint I asked only that they remove the one sentence reveal of the villain, it was their choice to take it down in its entirety).
Here’s a factoid . . . some authors pay people to write positive reviews for them on all the sites. If a genuine reader wants to comment, positively or negatively, I’m good with that. I’m not good with the practice of buying five star reviews. You?