I know I’ve mentioned this before in some capacity, but I keep seeing posts on social media by authors and their content disturbs me. If you are an author, I would advise not making public posts that are negative in nature about your current publisher. A number of things can happen if you do:
- You lose credibility as a professional
- You anger your current publisher and may reduce the willingness of that publisher to help you in the future, not to mention publishing future works
- You negate the desire of another publisher or potential agent to work with you – no one likes a whiner or complainer – it’s best just to avoid them no matter how talented they may be
- You appear to be hiding behind social media to resolve your problems
If you have a concern with your current publisher, deal with them directly. No publishing house is perfect and they all employ humans who make mistakes. Give them the opportunity to correct their mistake and avoid blasting your dissatisfaction online.
If you feel you must write a review, a wonderful place to voice your concern is through a legitimate website known as Predators and Editors. Here you can voice your concern and those comments are woven into an overall recommendation for that particular publisher. It is a legitimate website that in my opinion is professionally moderated and a great place to find valid information before you seek an agent or publisher.
Just remember that airing your “dirty laundry” publically doesn’t resolve your problem or make you any more respected by your peers and readers. In fact….it could do the opposite with devastating results for you and your books.