Some reviews give pain…..

Some reviews give pain.  That is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine.

He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along.

E. M. Forster in George Plimpton The Writer’s Chapbook p. 157 Viking 1989

Tell that to Candace Sams, who threatened to report hostile Amazon reviewers to the FBI, or to Stephan J Harper, author of a detective story in which all the characters are teddy bears, who wrote more than 50 online responses in a few hours to a single critical review of his book, or to Martin Amis who called a critic a creep, a wretch and a fat-arse. (Would it be unkind to remark that Marty himself is no Adonis?)

You can read this entertaining story here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/sep/05/how-not-to-respond-bad-review-stephan-q-harper

Books about angry novelists? Gert knows they’re out there but the only one she can think of is Pamela Hansford Johnson’s Cork St next to the hatters. Suggestions, please.

 

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