The following list, which is in no particular order, contains a wide range of behaviors that an author shouldn’t have to face in my opinion. Some are downright hateful (Internet Trolls, Goodreads Bullies) and others are just rude or unprofessional.
What do you think of these? Do you have any to add?
Don’t carpet bomb a group of authors.Don’t go on a rampage, giving a large group of authors 1 star reviews. That’s being a troll, and you are evil if you do such things.
Don’t rate a book before reading it.Though a common practice on Goodreads, I do not do it and where DeeJay or I represent the Crew, we don’t do it either. Now, some bloggers/reviewers will not review a book unless they have read the entire thing. I don’t go that far. I don’t mind reviewing a book that I couldn’t finish, but I’ll make an earnest effort to get as far as I can. If I can’t finish the book, I’ll give you detailed reasons why not.
Don’t bad mouth authors who speak up about a review.If an author responds negatively to a review, I suggest a careful response if you choose to respond at all. Defend yourself where necessary, but don’t needlessly say bad things about an author. If you can’t discuss things with an author in a respectful tone, then don’t engage that author at all. If the author is being a punk, then defend yourself. Rise above the occasion. Don’t lower yourself to it.
Don’t encourage others to leave negative reviews for authors you don’t like.Warning people to stay away from a book because of how bad it is … that’s one thing, but don’t campaign to get that book a bunch of 1 star reviews. That’s being a bully.
I campaigned once to vote down a review, but I was questioning the value of the review, not the book itself. And definitely not the author. In other words, I was exposing bad behavior, not spreading it.