UPDATE: I'm getting a sense maybe I was too vague? I'm not trying to get rid of the goofy-bad review. Nor are my feelings hurt by it in any way. It's been there a while! I'm just hoping other readers will add reviews of their own.
I hate to put out pleas for reviews, but this is a special case.
On a small press scale, a lot of people have purchased Clockwork Phoenix since I re-released it as an ebook (Clockwork Phoenix 2 and Clockwork Phoenix 3 as well — in fact the free short story giveaway I have going on through Tuesday celebrates just that.)
But so far there have been no new reviews of the Clockwork Phoenix books posted on Amazon. This in itself is not irksome. Nor is it really a problem that the most recent review, of Clockwork Phoenix, is a one-star review.
It is however, somewhat irritating, that this is how the review begins, as it's the first thing visitors to the page get to read if they scroll down:
This anthology is decidedly not for heterosexual males, prolonged exposure will definitely shrivel your nut sack and leave you with a limp wrist and a lisp.
It doesn't get better from there. Let me just say first that I'm delighted that a creep like this found Clockwork Phoenix offensive. (I won't link to them, but if you check out this esteemed reviewer's other Amazon reviews, you'll find not just homophobia, but racism, too. Yay.) I don't see any evidence the review hurts sales — based on the snarky responses, I'd say it's probably helped in some instances.
Still, it's ... frustrating. I'm be grateful if something new and thoughtful took its place and upstaged it, positive or not.
(By the way, if you decide to report the review as abuse, keep in mind that several people have already done so and Amazon.com has let it stand. It ain't goin' away, heh.)
Any assistance you can give much appreciated.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and to those who celebration Thanksgiving, a good one of those, too.
I'm not worried about damage. I'm just tired of seeing it first thing. Surely someone else has something to say about the book? At least I hope so.
And: sorry it happened to you! Bleah.
Edited at 2012-11-26 12:49 am (UTC)