Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I may never offer a free read again

I have decided to unpublish my short story, Eaten by The Wolf. Apparently, people are signing up just for the purpose of leaving bad reviews on this one. That's what I get for trying to give people something for free. You just can't be nice to anyone without having it thrown back in your face.

Thank you very much to everyone who left positive reviews and comments. Please don't think I don't appreciate you. I really do. Your support is what keeps me going.

Having said that, I don't need the kind of negativity this story is generating. And for the most stupid reasons at that. I'm currently working on turning this into a full-length novel. I can't work on that while assholes are signing up just to leave reviews that say it's "the worst thing they've ever read."

Seriously, when they have no other reviews and it shows they've been a member for only a few days, you can't tell me that's not someone being a jerk just for the sake of being a jerk.

Why would they do that? What is it about me that's so offensive? Are they jealous of me? I'm not making a lot of money. I don't live in a big house or have lots of cars. What the hell are they jealous of? And if not jealousy, why do they hate me? What the hell have I done to them?

I make a point to be nice to other people, especially within the same industry. I do my best to help others and offer advice when it's asked for. I know I haven't done anything to deserve this.

So, to the author or authors out there behind this (because I know you are) ask yourselves why are you really doing this? What do you get out of it?

I wanted to give people a sample of my writing. Nice to know no one wants it.


JD Nelson said...

It does sound like a clear case of fake reviews. Pardon my language, but what d*icks!. I guess they don't realize how much heart and soul authors put into their creations.

Tracey H. Kitts said...

Thanks for understanding, JD. It was obviously fake. They were cropping up every single day. I don't understand the blatant venom.

Tracey H. Kitts said...

By the way, this story was downloaded about 8,000 times in the past 2 weeks. Maybe someone liked it and will remember it when I release the full novel.

Janell Rhiannon said...

This has happened to me too. It's awful to feel that "secretly" people are mean...no constructive comment, just personal attack...and nothing to do with the bok sometimes. I wonder,if a book is so awful, why even bother reading it to the end? I mean, who does that? If I don't like a book, I don't finish it or review it. Sorry you had that experience. And THANK YOU for being honest about your feelings. Refreshing!!<3

Laurie said...

I am so sorry you are having this nasty stuff happen. I've seen this happen to several good people before. I do not understand nor condone this 'attack mentality'. It's just mean and hurtful. If the review haters are doing this on Amazon I have heard of some authors successfully getting the personal attack reviews removed. You should contact Amazon...also ask your friends to vote down the bad personal attack reviews and Tags (if there are any). It sometimes works. Good Luck!!

Dave said...

It may also have something to do with the moon phase, which I just noticed on your sidebar.

Tracey H. Kitts said...

Dave, normally I would agree. But, these people have been raging assholes for a few weeks now. Well out of range of the full moon. LOL