btw, just letting you all know, the Goodreads Giveaway for HOUSE OF SHADOWS is about to expire!
You have about a 1.5% chance of winning at the moment — looks like about 1500 people have entered so far and I’m giving away 10 copies.
I’m going to play with Goodreads giveaways more in the near future, though. Like try one signed copy and run the giveaway for 3 days, different variants like that. Plus I have lots of copies of other books I could give away. PLUS German copies of LORD OF THE CHANGING WINDS, I should do a giveaway for those because why not? I only want one for display purposes anyway.
The Terrible Goodreads Bully Kerfluffle is quite something, while I’m on the subject of Goodreads. Have you heard about that? Like, some Goodreads authors are going after people who have posted negative reviews. Which would be bad enough. But they are doing it by, get this, posting their personal info and encouraging people to hunt them down in real life.
I know it sounds totally unbelievable.
And the confusion between “bullying” and “writing negative reviews” is JUST SO WEIRD. Especially when the only people ACTUALLY bullying anybody are the INSANE authors, which you would think would be instantly obvious to anybody?
My favorite take is Scalzi’s. My favorite bit of his post is:
When I need your help with a negative review, I will ask for it.
If I don’t ask for it, I don’t need your help.
If I do ask for it, you should consider me temporarily out of my head and ignore me.
Yeah, ya think?
Anyway, my personal means of handling anything less than a four-star review on Goodreads is . . . not to read it. Radical, I know. If you’ve posted a four- or five-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? I have probably read it several times so far, and will probably read it several times more in the near future. Thanks so much! Keep it up!