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Review-Bombing: The Impact on Books Prior to Publication – The Gentleman Report – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Review-Bombing: The Impact on Books Prior to Publication – The Gentleman Report


However, the very features that drive conversations and engagement can lead to detrimental outcomes. Reviews can be wielded as weapons, potentially ruining a book’s chances even before it hits the shelves.

Roxane Gay, an author and editor who also shares her reviews on Goodreads, expressed frustration with people who review books they haven’t read. She lamented, “Even worse, they’re allowed to review books that haven’t been written yet.”

Rabess, a former Google employee who left to pursue writing, was apprehensive that the online attack would cause readers and reviewers to dismiss her work without giving it a chance, particularly because she’s a debut author and a Black woman. She feared that her book would be unfairly judged without proper engagement.

Despite receiving positive reviews and garnering attention on summer reading lists and Good Morning America, Rabess’s novel had a sluggish start in terms of sales. In the first 10 days since its release, it only sold 1,000 hardcover copies according to Circana BookScan.

In today’s digital age, social media platforms and online book review sites have become powerful tools for authors to promote their work and connect with readers. However, as with any form of public engagement, there are also risks involved. While positive reviews can boost a book’s sales and popularity, negative reviews can have the opposite effect. In some cases, negative reviews can even be used as weapons, potentially derailing a book’s publication before it even hits the shelves.

One author who has experienced this firsthand is Rabess, a former Google employee who left her job to focus on writing. Despite receiving recognition on summer reading lists and Good Morning America, her debut novel had a slow start in terms of sales. According to Circana BookScan, it only sold 1,000 hardcover copies in the first 10 days since its release. This was likely due in part to a negative online attack that caused Rabess to fear that readers and reviewers would dismiss her work without truly engaging with it.

Roxane Gay, an author and editor who also shares her reviews on Goodreads, expressed frustration with people who review books they haven’t read. She pointed out that some reviewers even go so far as to review books that haven’t been written yet, which is concerning for authors like Rabess who are just starting out.

It’s clear that while social media and online book review sites can be powerful tools for authors, they also come with risks. Authors must navigate the online world carefully, being mindful of the potential for negative reviews and attacks. Ultimately, readers should judge a book based on its content and not be swayed by online reviews that may not accurately represent the work.

However, the same features that drive conversations and engagement can also have negative consequences. Reviews can be used as weapons, potentially derailing a book’s publication even before it hits the shelves.

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Roxane Gay, an author and editor who also posts reviews on Goodreads, expressed her frustration with the ability of people to review books they haven’t read. She said, “Worse, they’re allowed to review books that haven’t even been written.”

Rabess, who left her job at Google to focus on writing, feared that the online attack would turn people against her book. She was worried that readers and reviewers would dismiss her work without truly engaging with it, especially as a debut and Black woman author.

Despite some positive reviews and anticipation for her novel, which received recognition on summer book lists and Good Morning America, its sales had a slow start. In its first 10 days after release, it sold only 1,000 hardcover copies according to Circana BookScan.

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