Okay, to start I have no clue who this author is. I've never read any of her books. To be honest, I never heard of her before this. I don't read these kinds of books normally, and now she's made it so I don't want to read hers at all.
Not posting the name, but read the article from this reviewer
Here's the blog post that got me started tracking down information on this author's antics
Some good advice to any author
Now, for a more general view on the situation.
You have to be a Goodreads member to read this, but here's an interesting forum discussion on the whole "Authors Behaving Badly" situation
This blogger gives us a list of authors, and some links to follow with advice for authors
Shannon Mayer gives excellent advice on what to do with negative reviews
Okay, people. First off, we're adults. Let's act like them instead of acting like a bunch of high school kids out to bully the people who "aren't like us". We shouldn't be acting like spoiled little brats who have been told we have to share our favorite toys. Um, hello? We're authors? We're SUPPOSED to put our "toys" (or babies...or most precious possessions EVER) out there for people to play with. We're inviting them into our world.
And not everyone's going to like our works.
It's okay. Not everyone likes the same things. The thing is to realize this before you ever hit that "publish" button if you're self-published or before you sign your contract if you're going the traditional publishing route. You have to understand and accept that there are going to be negative reviews on your darlings. You do NOT have the right to instigate flame wars, stalking, and cyber bullying just because you can't get a grip on the fact that you are not going to appeal to all people in all parts of the world all of the time.
Don't get me wrong. I'm going to cry, scream, shriek, and throw a tantrum when (notice I didn't say IF) my darlings get the negative reviews. But I won't do it online. I'll do it in private, to Himself. I'll write about it in my private journal (the paper one I don't let anyone see). And then I'll dry my eyes, sit down at the computer and do what Shannon suggests - I'll write another book. My fans will buy my books and that's all that matters.
Now, this is a shout out to reviewers: keep your reviews about the books. Don't make it a personal vendetta against the author because they looked at you cross-eyed once back in high school, or unfollowed you on Twitter, or won't follow you on Facebook, or you don't like their author picture because you think it makes them look ugly, or...or...or.... You get the idea.
That's tacky, rude, and hurts you as much as it can hurt the author. You weaken your own position on other books you've reviewed with personal attacks against an author. It makes people question if you're giving negative reviews because you have a vendetta against the author instead of actually reading the book and having a constructive thought on how to make it better.
Also, reviewers, if an author does go nuts on your review, don't have your friends jump in to defend you or start stalking/cyber bullying the author and their fans. That just reinforces their poor opinion of you.
Fans of authors, don't jump on the bandwagon. If your favorite author jumps to social media to mock the negative reviews, don't immediately go to their defense. The term "rabid" comes to mind when things like that happen. My sincere hope is that any fans of my writing - once the books are published - will respect my wishes on this and NOT leap to my defense on negative reviews. I don't want the help, folks. I'm a big girl. I'll handle it privately and then I'll go back to writing more books for you to love.
But as a result of this, I'm not going to post reviews of books anymore. I refuse to publish only 4 or 5 star reviews. If I don't like a book, I want the freedom to say why I didn't like it. I want that freedom without the fear of being harassed, stalked, or threatened for posting something that isn't the happy-happy/joy-joy review of somebody's favorite author. I've already been stalked and cyber bullied once online. I don't care to repeat the experience.
That's also why I refuse to give support to groups who support those people who are in favor of actions like I've illustrated above where authors and fans have gone off the deep end. Don't ask for me to retweet you. Don't ask me to showcase something you're doing on my blog. It won't happen.
There are a few authors who I will still review for, but only because we're long time friends and I KNOW that if I say there's something wrong with the book, they won't jump on me and ask me why I'm being so mean to them. They will understand that it's not personal. I just didn't like something about the book. I also know that, for the most part, they've got reasonable fans who won't get all rabid on me if I say something that some of them disagree with. They may come and tell me why they disagree with me, but it'll be reasonable discourse and not the flame wars, trolling, cyber bullying and stalking that goes on in some of these cases.
Long story short: STOP ACTING LIKE SPOILED BRATS AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU! DO NOT RESORT TO CYBER BULLYING! DO NOT ENCOURAGE YOUR FANS TO CYBER BULLY OR STALK PEOPLE WHO POST NEGATIVE REVIEWS! REVIEWERS, KEEP YOUR REVIEWS ABOUT THE BOOKS AND NOT ABOUT THE AUTHOR! STOP WITH THE PERSONAL ATTACKS, PEOPLE!
*climbs off soapbox*