Someone needs a thicker skin

I haven’t delved much into the burgeoning world of indie literature, but apparently it’s easier than ever to self-publish an electronic book and offer it for sale through Amazon’s Kindle Store or other ebook outlets. Some of the books are apparently quite good, and some self-published authors are doing better than those working through traditional publishers.

But … some self-published authors really don’t know how to handle criticism. That’s not entirely fair. One self-published author really doesn’t know how to handle criticism.

Big Al reviews books available on Kindle, including indie titles. He reviewed The Greek Seaman by Jacqueline Howett, a British self-published author now living in the United States. It was actually a kind review. He praised the compelling story, but complained about pervasive spelling and grammar errors.

Howett decided to comment on the review in the comments section. Big mistake. She went on about a revised copy she had sent the reviewer and claimed he must have read the original, which had apparently gone out with more errors. But the grammar and spelling in her comments quickly made it clear that, well, she’s a lousy writer.

This became even more clear after the reviewer posted two samples of problematic sentences:

“She carried her stocky build carefully back down the stairs.”

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

Howett replied that she found no flaws in those sentences. “My writing is fine.” She then insisted he take down the unfair review. Eventually, she resorted to repeatedly telling the reviewer and other commenters on the blog to “F— off!”

Read the review and the comments. They are very entertaining. Which I’m sure is more than can be said for Howett’s book.

(h/t PepperMax on MetaFilter)

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