So as most of you know, I just launched Delvers 2.
Reviews are very important, especially for indie authors. So imagine my dismay when I saw a 1 star review posted that seemed to be only about… *gasp* including a gay character in my narrative.
This was the review:
I was actually kind of torn about this. You see, I knew this was exactly the type of thing you can report on Amazon. However, while I don’t talk about politics much and I won’t publicly get on a soapbox about what I believe, I am a freedom-minded dude. I mean, I believe in freedom enough I was willing to enlist in the Army when I was a teenager. Anyway, I didn’t report the review, but I did have a healthy dose of , “WTF? What kind of fucking moron is this?”
So I shared the screenshot (name blacked out) on Facebook. Outrage ensued, and the review got taken down, I’m assuming because a lot of people reported it.
Well, this entitled asshole noticed, and decided to post /another/ review.
Oh, now we’re getting more pointed.
So…I got a 1 star because of the afore mentioned, *GASP* gay character. Better watch out, that fictional character may make you start craving dick!
Second, apparently, because this brilliant reviewer didn’t believe the book was LitRPG, it warranted a 1 star too. Okay, mouth breathing moron of the internet. Please kindly go fuck yourself with a cactus. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, and this one happens to be really stupid.
Now, this is when I noticed that this lovely individual was a part of my LitRPG group on Facebook.
This is where the temptation part came in.
See, I know that I have a fairly large audience, and it wouldn’t be difficult for me to start a witch hunt against one mentally challenged individual. At the very least, I could ban him from my group.
However, that’s a slippery slope. Also, let’s not beat around the bush…that path would be /evil/. It would be a gross misuse of power, and if karma is a thing, I’d probably come down with cancer this year.
So this is a cautionary tale. Someone reading this is an author or will be an author one day. When that day comes and you have thousands of people who actually pay attention to the shit you say for some reason (I seriously have no idea why anyone gives a shit about anything I say), or you already have an audience, make sure you double think, maybe even triple think what you plan to do with your platform. It’s one thing to get pissed when some mental giant of the internet tries to shit all over your livelihood or intended livelihood.
It’s quite another to be an epic bully.
This was kind of a significant milestone for my brand when I made the conscious decision to do no evil. I’m just a baby author too. I imagine that for the big guys, the seduction of misusing one’s platform could be intense. Or maybe they were just like me and made the decision once so it would never be an issue again. I don’t know. I just know I’m glad that so many authors I respect don’t castigate individuals publicly, unlike some of the celebrities in Hollywood we’ve seen misbehaving on Twitter.
If you’re a fan of the Delvers series, please help me out by supporting the official release and leaving reviews if you enjoyed the book! Every little bit helps, and lots of good reviews can help offset the angrybros. Delvers is going to go some dark places and explore some adult problems. I doubt this is the first time this problem will crop up. However, I know all of you are up to the task of making sure all that shit just passes us by and doesn’t sink the ship.