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