Welcome to my new blog message which alerts reviewers to rude and obnoxious authors out there who won't take no for an answer when asking for reviews or who abuse reviewers for what they write or for turning them down etc . I also share stories about authors in the news who have got themselves into a bit of trouble for engaging with fans or critics.
Today I am telling you all about my experience this week with author GN Grayson, author of erotic literature.
Ist email from him/her:(April 15th)
Here is a book that you might consider reading and reviewing for me. I would appreciate it if you blog it as well. .
I have just published "Fire and Ice" A Burning Passion at 21000+ of mostly dialogue and very descriptive and erotic in nature.
I am working on another 2 series also ..http://eroticstorm101.
My reply:(April 15th)
HiYou didn't mention in your email where you got my details(I couldn't find you on Goodreads) but I'm afraid that your books do not fit into the genres that I read and review. I hate romance and erotic literature and books that are slow and descriptive with no action so I'm afraid I would not be interested in reading them. I also do not put erotic books on my blog as my blog is Young Adult friendly.
2nd email from him/her was a group email sent to everyone he/she knows(April 17th)Content was the same as above message from him/her.
I was somewhat irate about this message especially coming two days after the first request and I also hate being sent a mass email from authors soliciting reviews. It makes me feel like I'm being electronically carpet bombed and that the author is not taking the time to target the readers who do like his/her kind of book. I told the author that I had already said no once and that I wasn't going to change my mind. I indicated, abruptly, that I was not now going to promote his/her book to my friends who might like it and that I found his/her behaviour rude. This was his/her reply:
Third email:(April 17th)
Well I have deleted you from my friends list so who know how you got a copy I would not have a clue why google still has you there. It must be on your end and as for Rude you are not so bad yourself. Actually I think you are quite good at it you should make a profession out of it. I would appreciate it if you deleted me from your end that way I will not have to put up with your Rudeness.
Interesting that the author makes it sound like I was the one to bug him/her in the first place! I was happily minding my own business when this person appeared and contacted me with something that I had no interest in.
Fourth email:This was a group email sent out to all of us again.(April 18th)
Thank you one and all. I will be deleting my book and leaving Gmail.I wish those who are having success much more success and if you have to put up with the demands of what is needed to promote your work instead of writing, I feel for you. There are not enough hours in a day to do both and still have a like. Goodbye.
The phrase 'petulant little child' comes to mind. So he/she friended me on google plus to get my email address to send me his/her book, which I did not want to read. He/She then huffily deletes me from his/her friend list because I won't read his/her book. Then he/she sends more requests for reviews to me and calls me rude for having a go at him/her for bugging me. Then he/she throws his/her toys out the pram with everyone on his/her contact list and goes back to his/her playpen in a dramatic display of sulking. Interesting also that none of his/her links actually work and that I cannot find this person online anywhere. This idiot is going to have no chance of a writing career if he/she acts like a spoiled brat because we don't want to read their bloody book!
I knew that this new google system of allowing anyone on Google Plus to friend you and be presented with your email address was going to be a nightmare for reviewers. I've already had several people get in touch like this to look for reviews though they were all very polite and genuine and didn't annoy me! But there are always going to be the utter morons like this who think that they can behave any way they want and that the world owes them a living.
Take my advice and avoid this person like the plague!
Hey, good news GN Grayson, you DID get featured on my blog after all! *snigger*