twenty-nine-years said: Hi Maggie! Have you read, and if so, do you have an opinion of Kathleen Hale's article on being catfished by a reviewer?
It is this article, which is fascinating and horrifying for about 13 different reasons.
I will sum it up: the author is tormented by an unprofessional Goodreads reviewer and ends up going to her house to confront her.
Shall I repeat that?
Goes. To. Her. House. The author. Went to the reviewer’s house.
I won’t lie: being online is difficult. Being personally attacked is difficult. Reading death threats is difficult. Maintaining a presence online that manages to be both professional and invested with as much of the real you as you can … is difficult. I don’t always succeed. I trip up, sometimes with my eyes open, and sometimes by accident. But.
IT IS A VERY EASY THING TO NOT STALK SOMEONE’S HOUSE
We can talk until we’re blue in the face about whether or not authors and reviewers should be allowed to engage, and what level of personal attack is allowed before it’s considered abuse, and blah blah blah
AUTHORS PLEASE DO NOT CALL READERS DO NOT VISIT THEIR HOUSES DO NOT CONTACT THEM AT THEIR PLACES OF WORK.
That is my opinion on that piece. I am sorry that this author felt pushed to the brink, but there’s pretty much no room for tolerance of this kind of authorial reaction.