Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?

This blog post was written by Kristen Lamb, and I thought it was worth sharing.  Not only does she discuss bullying, but she shares some insight in what we can do to protect ourselves in case this ever happens to us.

Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?.


  1. Cathy Jo says:

    Thank you for sharing, Ruth Ann. That was a very informative blog post!

    1. You’re welcome. I printed it out to save for future reference. 😀

  2. An interesting blog about what amounts to a useless attempt to get Amazon and Goodreads (owned by Amazon) to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the right of free speech gets in the way at times. These bullies can and will trash an author because they are hiding behind a pane of glass. If they were in the same room with me, they would learn early on that I’m not afraid to hold back.

    When I was in the 4th grade, boys would throw rocks at me and call me “witch” because I wore my hair long, when the other girls followed trend and bobbed their hair. This behavior upset me the first time. The 2nd time, I started dodging the rocks, then picked them up and started throwing them back. Hard. I was pulled into the principal’s office, where I calmly explained why I did it. The boys were suspended.

    After several years of attempting to work with Amazon, even publishing through Createspace and posting my ebooks through KDP, I discovered early on that the forums were heavily populated with trolls, bullies and just plain stupid people. When I tried to work with Goodreads, it became clear even before Amazon bought it that the forums there were equally populated with these moonfaced killers of joy. Since Amazon made it difficult if not impossible to sell my books, I concluded that Amazon, Goodreads and I were not a good fit. I closed both accounts, and have been selling through my professional distributor regardless of the “cache” Amazon enjoys. Point of fact: I don’t need it to complete me. I have my books available POD worldwide. I have not disappeared from the internet. Amazon is not the internet. There are thousands of other sites selling books, and thousands of publishers who do not work with Amazon.

    The bottom line is that the bullies will always populate the biggest sites while the professional and independent booksellers do not host forums. They are in the business of selling books, not fostering an atmosphere of bad grapes, hostility and author hating.

    1. I think the key is to find a method that works best for us. Good for you for standing up for yourself. 😀

  3. Kev says:

    0-tolerance to bullying…reblogged.

    1. Thanks for reblogging!

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