Authors, read this.

So we've all been tempted.  We've received the bad review that accused our book of a literary failure that the reader would have just understood if they'd...Well, you get my point.  Sometimes the struggle to "not respond" is real.  I, being a good-natured, even-keeled individual never thought that there could be negative repercussions to such a response, for example, as "Hey, sorry you didn't like the cliffhanger at the end of the book, hope you'll consider reading the next entry.".  But apparently there is an entire sub-culture of folks who enjoy "cat fishing" authors and in general ruining their careers.  For those who are not familiar with the terminology, according to urban dictionary, cat fishing is:

The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time.

This of course includes the relationship between an author and his readership.  At any rate, this whole blog post is a lead up to an article which I think all authors should read for their own edification.  I am just glad that I haven't, as an author, engaged in any of the behavior that encapsulates  "bad behaving authors".  

Read the article below:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/18/am-i-being-catfished-an-author-confronts-her-number-one-online-critic