Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Authors Behaving Badly


My attention has recently been drawn to an author who is behaving like a total arse on Goodreads and driving everyone mad. It was brought to my attention by a message that Bark at https://barksbooknonsense.blogspot.com/  left on Goodreads and I thought I'd bring it to everyone's attention. 

His name is Michael Hughes and basically what he is doing is going on to the Goodreads accounts of multiple readers and trying to persuade them to read his book The Pumpkin Farmer. OK I have nothing against an author sending a polite private message asking if I'm interested in reading his or her book but I expect if I say no that the author will cease contacting me. Not Michael Hughes though. He continues to spam the same readers over and over with constant requests to read his book by commenting on their reviews and if his account is deleted he creates a new one and starts spamming all over again. Readers have continually complained to Goodreads about him but he continues his campaign of arseholery and is driving everyone mad. One reader said that he sent 4,296 posts in 7 hours, 39 minutes. This is pathetic and is pure harrassment of readers who don't want to hear from him.

This was his response when people complained about his spamming.

Hi! I am Michael Hughes and I like to blantenly self promote my awful book. I do this because no one will ever want to read this piece of trash I am embarassed to call my own. Even though Goodreads keeps deleting my accounts I continue to make more and harass everyone I can. I even comment on other authors reviews, making me the rudest person known to man. I suggest you pass on this pile of crap, right?

Well I suggest that everyone does what Michael suggests and pass on his pile of crap to teach him a lesson. Block him, report him, avoid like the plague!

It is acceptable to promote your book. It is not acceptable to behave like Asshole of the Century and continually harrass readers and spam them. It is time Goodreads removed his author page and book and prevent him from ever promoting it on Goodreads again. You can bet that I will never ever read anything that this idiot writes. 

Read more about what he is doing here
https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1395874-this-author-keeps-commenting-on-my-reviews

https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1422300-he-s-done-it-yet-again-opened-up-a-new

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42429769-my-sister-the-serial-killer 

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this with me so I'll be aware. I do hate it when authors do this as well.

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    1. He seems to be proud of it, which really bugs me!

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  2. Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t been contacted by this guy, but I’ve dealt with a few persistent authors who didn’t understand “No.”

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I've had my share of them. One guy was mass spamming a whole pile of us and when I said no for the third time and told him what I thought of him (as did others) he went into a mood and declared he was going to leave all social media. As if we cared!

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  3. omg! That doesn't even sound like a real author! but a troll! What author would refer to their own book in that manner??? I hope GR finds a way to deal with this kind of trolls. This is unacceptable!

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    1. It looks like Goodreads take down his page then he sets up a new one and starts again. Why can't they remove his book as well?

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  4. I heard from him too and thought it was a promotion gimmick. I quickly deleted his request.

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    1. Thankfully I haven't had the pleasure but only friends can write on my reviews so that might be why!

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  5. Wow, this guy sounds like some sort of psycho.

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  6. How annoying! I don't understand what he thinks he's gaining by constant harassment. Yes people may know his name but this is not a case of any publicity is good publicity. Definitely someone to avoid.

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    1. All he'll do is ensure that pretty much nobody wants to read his book!

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  7. Wow, this author sounds like a real piece of work or just a grade-A troll. Whenever I encounter a spammer like that on Goodreads though, I just flag and ignore. Eventually, they get tagged enough and GR removes them. It's unfortunate that they can just make a new account, but hey, all it takes is one click of a button for me and they can't keep it up forever!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. You wonder why he keeps on doing it. The more he does it the fewer people will read his book!

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  8. Ugh, I have seen his posts. I think he has commented on a review of mine once or twice. I can't even remember at this point, but he clearly just likes to get a rise out of people, based on the latest message he is sending. So annoying.

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    1. He's a total jerkweed. It's taking all my restraint not to pick a fight with him!

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  9. Wow! I have had some authors DM/email me, but never relentlessly. And, I hate that sort of commenting. I agree, that is some bad behavior.

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    1. The guy seems to be enjoying it which is pretty twisted. I'd have thought there was a limit on the amount of comments per day to stop this kind of thing!

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  10. I'm glad he hasn't found me. Thanks for the heads up.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. I got a comment from him on one of my reviews!! It looks like his account that he used for that one got deleted because the comment is gone. I was wondering why he didn't fully type out his book title... he must have been trying to be sneaky! What a jerk!

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    1. The guy is a complete muppet! He can't comment on review of mine because he's not my friend and I'll be screening new requests very carefully!

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  12. What an arse...OMG JERK. I am glad I didn't get contacted...Oooo thanks for letting me know so I can be where of him.

    Mary

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