Anyone who has any inkling of a reason to watch the modern day publishing community knows it has changed thanks to the internet, social media and eBooks. Authors of all kinds are told market, build your platform, and connect with your readers. There is a wealth of information about anything you want to find about the industry. However, there is one area I found to be lacking but is disturbingly very common...haters.
What exactly is a hater? My definition is someone who you know via online or in real life and they sit back wait and watch actively seeking to criticize you at the first opportunity. They hide behind the guise of "I'm just trying to help you “or” constructive criticism.” However, if when you go back and evaluate their collective amount of offered advice and find there is hardly ever or never any positive or supportive comments then you yourself have a hater on your hands.
What do you do about a hater? Cut em loose ASAP. Unfriend them, block them and anyone that is close to them that would allow them to look at any of your social media. If you don't do this it will ultimately end up in some sort of jealous, anger fueled public comment.
Example of hater...While I have my own recent experience I'll use one that a Twitter follower shared with me. As an author, she used a dashboard like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck that linked her accounts so she only had to post once. Anyone who knows anything about Twitter knows that you have 140 characters. People who actively use hashtags know that when you add punctuation to a tweet everything before the mark is hidden in a hashtag search. Moreover, honestly, if you have 140 characters to convey a message you will skip as much punctuation as possible. Anyways this author had a "friend" jump all over her about her statuses lacking correct grammar. This is only after numerous other comments about grammar. When she tried to explain the friend wouldn't listen and then proceeded to talk about her blog posts and attacked her as an author. She cut her loose.
Grammar Nazi vs. Grammar Mavens (or grammar mavmens for the male editors, yeah I made that up) How do you tell the difference between the two? This is very easy. A maven is someone who knows exactly what they are talking about in terms of grammar, voice, flow, and content as a whole. A Nazi is someone who knows a little bit about grammar and therefore thinks they are an expert. I see the grammar Nazi the most because it's the easiest most universal education we as society have.
There are many reasons for these haters. I'd say the universal one is jealousy. If you have a hater, you must be doing something right so keep it up.
Have any of you had any experiences with a hater? If so what happened?