Dear GR

Dear Goodreads,

I spent the better part of the afternoon following the policy change. So right there, the change in policy was a bad idea, because I probably wrote like 80 words today.

But hey, at least I can’t be shelved in “Asshat Authors who Should be Writing Instead of Following This Post” or something.

I ended up commenting on the post and decided to do this blog post, not because I think you’re the devil or whatever, but because I fear that these policy change isn’t the greatest of all ideas.

Reviews are for readers not authors. And I’d strongly suggest authors to seek feedback anywhere but from reviews for an ass load of reasons from you can’t please everyone to saving your sanity to keeping your ego in check. And I always believe that your sandbox was a place for reviewers to review books and to follow authors on the website who are also reading books. To me, it’s not a site for authors—not like it is for reviewers.  Negative reviews, snarky and gif-filled, shouldn’t be deleted. Reviews that cross the line, and we all know that some have, should be. But the vast majority doesn’t cross that line. That doesn’t mean they’re nice. Most negative things are hard to swallow. That’s the nature of… something negative.

 

I have seen professional reviews (Kirkus, PW, Library Journal, etc) that have cut a bitch worse than some of the “bullying “ reviews on your site.  Just wanted to throw that out there.

And as an author, I don’t see anything wrong with shelves titled “Authors Behaving Badly” or “Authors Acting like a Jerk.”
“Authors to be Avoided” might not mean something negative. Maybe that author writes books about issues that are triggering to the reader. There are a lot of authors out there that only write “issue” books that could end up in shelves like that.

I’m still going to support you, because there’s a community of book lovers there that rock my world and I think you meant to make things better, but it just didn’t quite work out that way. And I’ve actually met some of the staff from your sandbox in person and they were just lovely, and I will continue to do my Goodreads thing, but I seriously hope you reevaluate these changes. Because I and many, many authors don’t get butt-sore over a negative review or a name of a shelf. We rather have our readers able to express themselves in whatever matter they see fit, and I fear that this gives authors a bad rep as a whole and further deepens the wedge between authors and reviewers.

After all, you’re the reviewers’ sandbox. Not the authors.

19 Responses to “Dear GR”

  1. Ing Cruz says:

    Totally girl crushing on you on.

  2. Haha, love the deal with it gif. You’re one of the most down to earth authors that I’ve had the pleasure of reading your books, and you made some excellent points in your post. Keep on keepin on!

  3. Lisa says:

    I agree with this 100%. Love the use of SN gifs, by the way.

  4. Stephanie says:

    <3 this post and supernatural :-)

  5. Kristin says:

    All sorts of win here. Thank you for saying this.

  6. Laura Franco says:

    So true!!!

  7. michelle sharp says:

    I gotta sat I really enjoy your books and also that you have opinions that you share with your readers. Its a nice change to have a author not only entertain you with their words but also give you something to think about also. Your blog is one have I followed for awhile and will continue to do so. Thanks for all your posts and awesome books. Keep them coming!

  8. Geri says:

    Love this post!! ♥♥

  9. Stacy says:

    Here,here!

  10. Dee M. says:

    God. I f*ing love you…and the endless supply of Supernatural GIFs .

  11. Exxie says:

    ‘Authors who should be writing instead of following this post’

    Why do I feel so guilty about all my unfinished stories now?

    Whoops.

  12. Thank you so much for posting this, Jennifer. You’re amazing. ♥♥♥

  13. Sheree says:

    I have never watched supernatural but after all your blogs and kinda interested. Lol

  14. glad it’s not just the readers that feel this is a bad idea!

  15. Valerie says:

    So right about this.

  16. Brilliant! And I just said some similar things in my own post. I think that some of these changes are almost patronizing to authors, like yourself, who are quite capable of managing to conduct themselves like a rational adult in the face of negative reviews. But I don’t know that Goodreads is quite the “reviewers sandbox” that it once was….

  17. Khanh says:

    Excellently put. Thank you so much for being reasonable. I’ll admit, I can come off as snarky in my reviews, and I do so appreciate authors who can take these criticism and be adults about it.

  18. Alison says:

    You go girl! I completely agree. I don’t have to like every author and I should be able to express my opinion freely. Thank you for saying what needed to be said.

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