March 29, 2011

Destroying your reputation on the web.

I saw a very interesting - and potentially humiliating - entry this week on twitter.

The entry pointed to a book review on a blog. The review was for a self-published book by an English-born author now living in America. The review was complimentary on the story but critical of some of the grammar. Normally this isn't an issue, but the author has taken great pains to criticise the review for what she deems to be untruths. Her comments have even sunk to the level of expletives. Totally unprofessional. They have probably ended the potential career of the writer in question. The post has gone viral and now has over 300 comments on it, virtually all of them critical of the author's response.

What I found most interesting, though, is that the comments made by the original reviewer have proven to be completely accurate, but even when they were pointed out to the author she couldn't see the problems. Here's an example:

Don and Katy watched hypnotically Gino place more coffees out at another table with supreme balance

The author replied:

... what I read above has no flaws. My writing is fine.

And - as Forrest Gump would have said "That's all I want to say on that"


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