I talked about N Frank Daniels overreacting to a negative review in a previous blog entry, and look who shows up here but the guy himself. I quote his comments below. Is he keeping in character with his tough guy persona, or is he seriously delusional? He still doesn't get the fact that he is no longer in Magic Self-Publish Land where reviews are geared towards "constructive criticism" - he's now in the harsh cruel world of mainstream reviewing where reviews are written for readers (what a concept) instead of to stoke an author's fragile ego. And seriously, if he thinks that review is terrible, wait until he sees what NYT can do on a bad hair day to his book.
It's a good thing he wrote this to me, in some silly blog that does not matter, instead of... wait, you don't think he wrote something like this to reviewers in actual magazines and journals in a similar manner, do you? Heh.
Giggles, you ignorant slut.
As one Kristen already alluded to, when somebody attempts to write a coherent piece on a given topic, then peppers the piece with complete bullshit throughout, it's hard to take any of what might have been some valid points seriously at all. You called the CL review of my novel "mildly" critical--let me quote this douchebag: " Mildly amusing chapters about Dragon*Con or Nirvana or cooking crack might as well be unrelated blog posts, especially when paired with banal insights such as "The Acid is really fucking good." Taken in whole, Daniels' novel is just as unfocused and messy as the drug addicts within its pages. That isn't a clever metaphor. It's just bad writing." There was not one positive thing said about futureproof in that "review" (and I use the term "review" loosely, as that was nothing close to what a book review should be, as I noted in the comments beneath the article, and won't bother reiterating here on what a critical review NEEDS to consist of), so for you to call me out as reactionary over its "mild" criticism is willingly obtuse on your part. Yeah, I get it: you have a point to make, but I will be goddamned if you are going to make it on my back. I fucking broke my ass writing and then trying to publish futureproof. I literally lost everything in the process. So my reaction to this dipshit at Creative Loafing fronting as a serious book reviewer had nothing to do with being "thin-skinned." It had everything to do with wanting someone who is getting paid to analyze lit to actually do his fucking job. Same goes for you (though my instinct tells me that you aren't getting paid dick for this pathetic attempt at a conversation-starter of a blog.) I didn't win some kind of fucking American Idol-esque competition for my Harper deal. No such contest exists. For you to belittle the trials I went through in trying to find readers for my book by straight-up saying it was "friends and family" who made my book popular is willingly misinformed and makes you look like the asshole you obviously are. Methinks I see the seeds of a failed writer in you. So you come out here in the blogosphere and bash anybody else who still has the balls to kick against the picks to get their work recognized. You are pathetic. I have absolutely no respect for you or anyone trying to sell the type of shit you are peddling. In the end it doesn't mean a goddam thing if there are POD reviewers handing out soft-ball reviews. The only way any book, self-published or not, realy has a chance to make it is through word of mouth. I didn't sell a thousand self-published copies of futureproof because I have a thousand friends. I do not. Those readers, and the thousands of readers who have since bought the Harper version of my novel did so because somebody told somebody else it was worth reading. Find a fucking real issue and make a scene with that. On this issue you are dead in the water. There is no point in posting a negative review of a self-published book. Not because these writers need their fucking egos stroked, but because as a self-published author you start out with everyone believing your writing sucks. For someone to post a negative review of your POD book is just salt in the wound, and honestly makes the reviewer come across as the asshole he or she obviously is. I dont go to a self published review site to read bad reviews. If a book is that bad nobody will ever hear about it anyway. PODdy Mouth was the first, and her example still stands the test of time. Review the books you find have some merit, let your silence on those that do not speak in volumes. Two thumbs down to you, Giggles. And a couple of raised middle fingers.