You See Me Trollin'.... You Hatin'?

I was inviting authors from a LinkedIn group to the Alliance of Self Published Authors the other week, and I got this comment from a woman who's probably not getting the loving she needs at night...

"Sorry, I'm busy doing professional reviews and seeking professional response to my work. 
Oh yeah, and writing." 

Oh... ok. Excuse me. I think I've offended a very important person with my invitation. Mea Culpa.

But then, I saw another comment from the same person on my post, Building the Foundation of Your Author Platform, on LinkedIn again.

"How dare you presume how serious I am about my writing career, or what I'm serious about in my writing career."

Wut? My temper went from 0 to 100 in 1.5 seconds. I saw red. It was a time to kill. Really, I'm a very cool person who excuses all kinds of stupidity, but I hate rude people who think they're special when they're not.

But I cooled down as fast as I heated up. A Troll. Waddya know... even LinkedIn has them. Maybe they're called Professional Trolls there. Or maybe she was simply an ass.

A person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

I checked her profile and saw that she's an independent publisher who gives advise to authors on what to do next... (her exact words) I seriously doubt she's getting any business. When you make a comment like that in a group with 90,000 members, it's a career debilitating move. It's suicide. You never know who's reading your posts. Your future publisher or a potential client could be in that group, but maybe not after those comments. 

I automatically scratch people like that from my little black book - even if they're not there yet, they get an advance scratch - like this.... TROLL. That triggers an automatic troll firewall.

How can a sane person make such insane comments? Who knows what feeds trolls? They have a life... but not as we know it.

As authors, you will unfortunately smell their farts too...ugh... they're called Reviewer Trolls. They're the ones who make inane comments on your book page, giving you a one star. Don't mind them. Don't comment. Throw some plates and get over it.

Commenting on a troll's post is the same as feeding them. There's no convincing them. To trolls, making you mad tastes like Pizza with double cheese toppings. They feed on your reactions. Whatever, they're not worth your time. 

How do you handle Trolls? You don't. Get as far away as possible... and spray your blogs and book pages with this.

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