Author will go to authorities over negative reviews on Amazon

<p>Author Candace Sams told negative reviewers on Amazon.com that she would report them to the FBI, after a public spat with the site&#39;s users.</p><p>According to the<em> Guardian</em>, Sams began posting on the discussion board after one reviewer called her book, <em>Electra Galaxy&#39;s Mr Interstellar Feller</em>, &quot;a sad excuse for romance, mystery and humour&quot; and gave it a one star rating. Sams responded under the name of &#39;NiteflyrOne&#39; with the discussion reaching over 400 posts. <br /><br />She said: &quot;Authors rarely have full editorial control; rarely do they have even &#39;scant&#39; control over their covers or the language used in dialogue or even sequencing of scenes: love scenes, kissing scenes, scenes of violence, etc. These are ultimately controlled by editorial staff&hellip;very rarely the author alone.&quot; <br /><br />Sams later continued: &quot;It might behoove them to understand that all romances will not read they way they think they should; romances should &#39;not&#39; be cookie-cutters of one another. This has been the biggest complaint about romance on the whole - that they all sound alike. Apparently &#39;some&#39; reviewers &#39;want&#39; them to sound alike. When they don&#39;t, they aren&#39;t able to handle the material.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/2009/12/author-wtfckery-at-play-sad-case-... target="_blank" title="http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/2009/12/author-wtfckery-at-play-sad-case-... later told the thread that she would report anyone with an aggressively negative attitude to the FBI.</a> Sams has since deleted her comments.&nbsp;</p><p>Sams is not the first author to respond publicly to a negative review, but Neil Gaiman offered the following advice after witnessing this &quot;horrible car crash&quot;, writing on his own blog, <a href="http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/12/late-night-mystery-post.html" target="_blank" title="http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/12/late-night-mystery-post.html">&quo... any of you are ever tempted to respond to bad reviews or internet trolls etc, it&#39;s a salutary reminder of why some things are better written in anger and deleted in the morning&quot;</a>. </p>