Here’s a little back story: Over a year ago when I wrote for Upstate Metal (a magazine I no longer write for and haven’t for several months), I wrote a bad review of a certain band. I didn’t like the music, so I wrote an honest review. That is what people expect, is it not?
Well, apparently yesterday the drummer found said review and did what appeared to be a fair amount of research on me. He commented on said review about how I have “dismally-bullshit book covers” on my “so called self-published ‘books’,” how I’m a “26-year-old looking phraternity[sic] boy” with bad tattoos, and that he hopes I get a divorce. Along with a bunch of other personal attacks, he then said he is going to write a song about me, and then he declared me his enemy.
Okay, firstly, sure, the review was a bit scathing. But that was the tone of the magazine at the time, and I wrote what I felt. Perhaps I should have toned it down, and for that I apologize.
But I will not apologize for having an opinion and expressing it. I did my job. Said band requested a review and that’s what they got. But, really? You got one bad review and you hope I get a divorce? I understand he was likely trying to get back at me, but people who enter the entertainment/arts business should expect to get bad reviews. It’s all part of being in that business. Personally attacking the reviewer is not a professional way to react.
Now, after such an immense reaction from this individual, I’m constantly on the prowl for excessively hateful reviews of my books on Amazon. Should you spot any, please do report it. I work too hard to have my work damaged over one bad review.