Hmmm …

I’ve just found a 1/2 star review of Castle. Yes. Half a star. Not even one star. Half.

Soo, what is the normal procedure in such a situation? Should I e-mail her and thank her for reading and reviewing the book? Even though she certainly didn’t say such nice things as Camille, who didn’t like the book either, but still had some — many, actually –nice things to say about it, and who loves my podcast. 🙂


(Of course, if I wrote the half-star reviewer an e-mail it would be terribly tempting to include some snarky comment like “I’m really glad your head didn’t explode while reading my book.” Which of course would not do and would fall into the category of bad author-behaviour. And before I’d knew it, my name would be all over the internet. — Hmmm. Sometimes, bad author-behaviour sounds like awfully good promo … *ggg*)

3 thoughts on “Hmmm …

  1. Karen W.

    Ouch, Sandy. If I were you, I wouldn’t say anything, though. Or if you do, just something like, “Thanks for reviewing my book; I’m sorry it didn’t work for you.” Defending a book usually backfires on an author, unfortunately. Remember, that’s just *one* person’s opinion!

  2. Sandra Schwab

    Karen, thanks. Actually, it didn’t hurt too bad (probably because I was panicking about my conference paper and transparencies for Saturday, which I only finished at 1:30 a.m. this morning). I’m certainly not going to write the reviewer a p-o e-mail, however tempting it might be. *ggg*

  3. carrie_lofty

    HALF? That’s just low. I mean, you did use spell check, right? That deserves at least one stay 😉

    BTW, I was at Border’s on Wednesday and saw Castle of the Wolf on the shelf, as well as Bonnie Vanak’s new one. I just couldn’t help it! Bought them both! My husband says I can’t make too many writer friends before I’m published myself — it’ll be a little too expensive! Hopefully, I get to read it some time before the end of the year.

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