MONDAY 27 MAY, 8:40PM: EDITED TO ADD: In the post, I accidentally wrote Leicester Police. It should’ve read Lancashire Police. My sincerest apologies to Eve Thomas and the good people at both the Lancashire and Leicester Police for my error. I will strive to be more accurate from now on. I have now corrected the error in the text. Also, for more information, read Allow Me to Rectify…
One would think “a fierce supporter and campaigner for all abuse, domestic violence in particular” who wants to raise “awareness to the massive scale problem of not only domestic violence but all abuse and injustice” would know enough about what actually qualifies as real, criminal activity. But Eve Thomas is taking the case of a one-star review to the Lancashire Police. Because to her, a one-star review is abuse and injustice? As a survivor, she should know better.
The review in question is here: The formatting is poor, the run on sentences are still present everywhere and then there are phrases such as, “I range the police.” I tried reading past Eve’s story to the first letter that was by another survivor. The prose was so boring, and again, the grammar so poor, that I found myself skimming. Glad I read the sample instead of spending ten dollars on this.”
On Goodreads and Amazon, readers who dared to review/comment on the lack of even copyediting were chastised by Eve’s fans. The reviews advising that grammar should be corrected – this is not “bullying/trolling”. This is constructive criticism. For more information, read this.
Remain unedited if you assist. But to do justice to the survivors’ words, at least bring in a copyeditor to fix the typos and grammar mistakes so they don’t distract from the stories. If you want people to purchase your book, do the courtesy of providing a professional product. If this had happened, the book may have been rated higher.
What’s sad about all this is that Eve Thomas is actually hurting her own cause. Because of her behaviour, potential readers are turning away from her book, and therefore denying her charity the money and awareness she wants it to have. She wants Lancashire Police to spend time on her case, while there are real victims out there suffering. When you accuse someone of abuse, harrassment, or bullying – when what they’re doing isn’t any of those – you’re disrespecting the cause you’re supposedly championing. A one-star review isn’t bullying. This particular review isn’t bullying – it just identifies areas in the text that need improvement. And when even your sample isn’t up to scratch, you can expect more of the same, if not worse, throughout the entire book.
If you want to support a charity, simply go directly to them. Don’t go via Eve Thomas.