Slog tipper Matthew wants to make sure that we see this: Over at BigAl's Books and Pals, BigAl reviewed a book called The Greek Seaman by Jacqueline Howett. Though he called the book "compelling and interesting," he gave it a fair-to-poor review, citing grammatical errors in the text and other flaws.
Then Howett steps into the comments and things get interesting. Howett claims that BigAl reviewed a bad copy of the book, and that she sent a corrected edition, which he ignored. She then points out that reviewers on Amazon gave her book four-and-five star reviews, saying "Maybe its just my style and being English is what you don't get. Sorry it wasn't your cup of tea, but I think I will stick to my five star and four star reviews thanks." Then she proceeds to cut-and-paste those positive reviews in the comments. And when other commenters start attacking her for being petty, Howett loses her shit:
Look AL, I'm not in the mood for playing snake with you, what I read above has no flaws. My writing is fine...And please follow up now from e-mail.
This is not only discusting and unprofessional on your part, but you really don't fool me AL.
Who are you any way? Really who are you?
What do we know about you?...Besides if you want to throw crap at authors you should first ask their permission if they want it stuck up on the internet via e-mail. That debate is high among authors.
Your the target not me!
Now get this review off here!
And much more, including "You are a big rat and a snake with poisenous venom. Lots of luck to authors who come here and slip in that!" Then she tells two commenters to "Fuck off!" before disappearing from the thread entirely. It should be noted that Howett is a self-published author. There's a more sensible discussion of this whole mess over at HTMLGiant. Also to note in the BigAl thread: When did self-published authors start referring to themselves as "indie authors?" That's a crass rebranding trick that turns my stomach.