The short version of the story:
- "Vine" reviewer (blog author) reads book, posts 4-star review on Amazon.
- Author starts pushing for #1 New York Times Bestseller slot on Facebook; is unhappy that it stays steady at #2.
- Someone gives the book a 1-star review on Amazon. It's not abusive, mind you. It's just harsh.
- Author's husband tears into the 1-star reviewer; legions of fans jump on board. Death threats ensue.
- Author references the fracas in an amused fashion
- Blog author changes review to 1-star, explains that it's because they can't support the author's behavior:
- Both the blog author and the original 1-star reviewer receive threats and anonymous phone calls.
- Author steps in, sorta-kinda. One of her comments:
...And that about summarizes it. Full details in the link in the post above, naturally.amy--we did reach out to her with an official apology. if she is really getting death threats, which is appalling, she should probably remove her post--or at least stop talking about it. alternatively, she should call the police ASAP. There is nothing i can do to help her from atlanta. why are you still talking about it? i think you are making it worse for this poor woman by drawing attention to it on my page. if you care about her and want it to die down, please stop posting about it on my page. that is what i mean by "protect all involved". i'm sorry you don't seem to follow this logic. but maybe you want the drama to continue? if so, THAT is really, really bad.
So my questions to you, dear blog readers, are:
Should the book's author have acted differently? How?
Should the blog author have changed their review? (edit: I meant, from a 4-star to 1-star, which they did; was that a good thing or a bad thing?)
If you were either of these people, what might have you done differently? What might you have wished you'd done differently?