What is a literary hate pack, you may ask? A group of people who roam Goodreads, Amazon and other review sites and intentionally target and abuse authors. Why do they do this? My opinion-
Fame whore syndrome
They can’t do anything constructive or artistic enough to gain followers and interest, so they use negativity to piggy back off the author and the followers of the author. This is a sad state of affairs for someone who has worked so hard to write and publish their book. It is not just indie authors going through this. A few so called “reviewers” have even admitted to intentionally picking books they know they will hate and then tearing them apart just for fun, or to relieve boredom. Poor authors.
But this post is not about who they are or why they do what they do. This is an opinion post. Believe it or not I can be opinionated. No, no all of that has been done before. This post is a simple reminder that we are all our own person. We have the right to make decisions as individuals. Following and becoming part of any sort of “pack mentality” means that you no longer have an individual personality. Do you really want to allow someone else to be the representation of what you believe, who you are and only gain infamy from being part of something someone else decided was a good idea?
How can this be put to a stop?
These people are searching for something, fame, being remembered for something–there is always a motive of personal gain in some form when people act like this. I, for one, would rather gain fame from promoting the works of others, writing my own and doing honest reviews of the books I read. I don’t care if a book has over a hundred one star reviews from a group of people who had a beef of some kind with the author. Reviews are about the book, not the author.
My belief is that no matter how hard an author works, they will always be at the mercy of the fates. If you are lucky, you will never encounter one of these groups. There will never be a way to stop all idiots from going out into the light of day, but joining forces with them and assisting them in promoting their filth will only come back to bite you in the arse.
Arguing with a hate packer is like expecting a mime to explain the mysteries of life.
The best approach is to counter these people with weapons they do not possess: Intelligence, honesty and tact.