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Just to recap

Reviews are the opinion of the reader who read your work. You write something, you send it out into the world and people read it. Maybe, if you are going to get offended by the way people interpret it, you could add some disclaimers:

- not to be read by people who aren't me
- not to be read by people who are going to say they don't like it/get it if they don't
- not to be read by girliejones - that's fine by the way, if you don't want me to read your work, chances are that I don't want to read it either

You cannot control how someone reads your work. If they misinterpret it or don't get it or don't get it the way it was intended THAT IS YOUR FAULT AS THE WRITER not the reader's. Get on with it and write better stuff, don't whinge to me. Cause every single time I get one of these, I'm forced to go read the material and agree with my reviewer (haven't found an example yet where I didn't but heck, now I have to check the latest one out).

PS I'm also getting sick of having to read bad things said about my reviewers in your whiny emails. We put up on ASif! the background of our reviewers as a courtesy. Don't you think everyone reads them and makes their own judgements? Reading a whiny email where you point out this reviewer said they were X on their bio does not make me want to take your side over theirs. After all, they sat down, read your work and wrote me up a review in their spare time. And you're taking up some of my spare time with your whining. I'm not going to take down reviews after their published.


Jan. 7th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Gosh... as far as I know there is NO field in the arts where artist's get to negotiate the content of their reviews... so what's going on? Every time you get one of these what?!!
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh I get them at regular intervals. As though a reviewer must surely have been biased because they state on their bio they like dogs and this was a story aimed at cat lovers.
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
That is so unprofessional for a writer to do that!

I would reply to such complaints by quoting AC/DC:

'If you wanna be a star of stage & screen,
Look out! - it's rough & mean.
It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock'n'roll...

Which is why I'm not an editor. ;-)
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah but now you have that stuck in my head, which is better than the raging thoughts I was having.

It should be noted that the writers are never one's you've heard of. I can't imagine Big Names in the scene sending me these emails.

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