What’s a Literary Troll?
A Literary Troll is a failed writer who stalks the social networking sites looking for successful authors they can pick at and on in an effort to make thesmelves feel better, instead of feeling like the failures they are. Before I go any further, let me define a failed writer: One who has tried for years to get published by mainly the big six, but because their writing isn’t good enough, this hasn’t happened. They’ve tried to self-publish but those sales flopped too and they are angry. While there may be many failed writers, literary torlls hold special characteristics:
1) They are narcissistic.
2) They are sarcastic.
3) They join social groups they have no experience in just so they could look for someone to attack.
4) They don’t have a job or a life and spend every waking moment on social networking sites.
5) They are so bitter that they attack any and every writer they see that has a possible leg up on them.
6) They try to give advice about publishing and writing but half the time their advice is wrong.
7) They attack you if you try to correct them.
8) They criticize constantly instead of trying to teach and be helpful.
9) They go around spreading lies about you although, they have no personal experience with you.
10) They are so addicted to wanting you to fail, but their curiosity gets the best of them and they buy your book, not realizing they are supporting you and not hurting you.
As writers, we’ve all come across literary trolls. They can’t help themselves. They just have to attack. They are so degrading, that they turn what should be a socially pleaseant marketing experience into a negative one. They are so annoying that we leave groups, just so we don’t have to deal with them. If you’re lucky, the group manager blocks them, but most times you’re not that lucky.
Freedom of Speech and the Internet has drawn out and provided the ignorant with an outlet to annoy us all. We can’t market our books because of these trolls! We can’t voice our opinions because of these trolls! We can’t even give a compliment to a fellow writer because of these trolls! Something has got to give! Sadly, the social networks just tell us to ignore them. Ignore them? That’s like telling me to walk away from someone who just slapped me. It’s not going to happen! Ignoring them is not realistic, espeically once they become stalkers.
So what do you do? Keep being successful. The more successful you become, the angrier they get. Don’t run, don’t hide, instead welcome the hate. The more they hate you, the better they make you. They draw attention to you and your website. Everybody needs a hobby and you’re theirs. I know it’s annoying, but those trolls aren’t going anywhere. Which is just fine with me, because if they can use freedom of speech, so can I.
Until next time-Critical Eye!