On the Same Team

With the ever-growing popularity of electronic reading devices and self-publishing, there are more new published authors breaking out every day. I see this as a good thing. The world can never have enough books. But along with the proliferation of new authors and new books, I’m hearing about a disturbing occurrence that I hope won’t become a trend: Authors trying to sabotage authors with negative reviews.

Why do some authors trash other authors? Why do some authors view writing and selling books as a competition?

I’m not talking about honest reviews of a novel that just wasn’t your cup of tea. None of us likes everything, even by our favorite authors, and that’s okay. We’re all entitled to our opinions. I’m talking about people who write negative reviews strictly out of spite or to limit another author’s success.

This topic has come up a lot lately in my conversations with fellow authors, friends and cyber friends. The most recent time was this morning with my sister, who’s a newly published author and poetess.

My feeling is that perhaps authors who feel a need to denigrate their peers do so for the same reason as individuals in any profession: They don’t have confidence in the potential success of their own work, so they try to level the playing field by attacking others.

I think these people don’t understand the game and for the most part are wasting their time. Writing isn’t a competition. It’s not a sport. It’s not like me being a Redskins fan and therefore wanting the Cowboys to lose every game they play. I can be a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Like most avid readers, there aren’t enough books in the world to satisfy me. A bad review of an author’s book won’t stop me from reading it if it interests me. So people who try to prevent that are wasting their time, with me and likely with other readers.

Okay, that’s off my chest. Now for the good stuff:


I’m not a big reader of romance novels, but not long ago I read A Heart Not Easily Broken: Book One of the Butterfly Memoirs by new author M.J. Kane. I’m glad I did, because it was a page-turner.  I gave it 5 stars. Here’s her synopsis:

Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge. 

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.


Click HERE to read my review of A Heart Not Easily Broken: Book One of the Butterfly Memoirs on Amazon, and while you’re there, pick up a copy. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The Black

Posted on December 26, 2012, in Random Thoughts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Author M.J. Kane and commented:
    I agree with this post. It just so happens, I wrote about this subject for an upcoming post on my blog in January. As soon as I was done, I logged onto Facebook and found this link. I appreciate The Black for taking the time to show support like this. His book review has to be one of my favorite, not just because of the rating he gave, but because it was an honest opinion from a man’s POV, so please, check it out. Look for an interview on my blog in the upcoming months to get to know The Black. The man is a very good story teller!


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