Make lemonade

I review products. I give positive and negative on the products. Sometimes there is no positive.

Due to a current situation a woman was thrust into the lime light. She just happens to be an author of a book.

I found the book. I reviewed the book. My review had nothing to do with my opinions of her or the current situation.

A person claiming to not be her and having nothing to do with the situation has used the negative opinion I left as their basis for attacking me. I wrote an open letter to them earlier this week, which you can view here.

Last I checked everybody was entitled to their own opinion. Positive or negative. Apparently it is not so.

This person has now taken the time to contact sponsors and friends to try to discredit me and prove me to be unethical. I have nothing to hide and those of you who know me, know that. I DID post a negative review on this book. I even did it under my own Amazon.com review account and name. As for the review itself, maybe it was a bit harsh. But it is my opinion and I am entitled to it. I post negative feedback. Up until now most companies I have worked with commended that.

I was just going to ignore her and let her go away, but I thought to be fair I should post her letter and share it with you all since she went to so much trouble to write it and might have missed someone. Here is her letter:

"Hello.

I am writing to alert you to someone who states she has a "relationship" with you. I do not know in what capacity she represents your company.

Erin Pyle from the website, "www.pyleoflove.com", has entered a Twitter fray by posting a bogus "review" of a book on Amazon.com. She does quite a good job of being vague in the details of her review. She is also very savvy about her deception--she reviewed two other products on the same day, hoping it would appear that she had a valid reason for signing in to Amazon reviews.

When one clicks from her Amazon page to her web page, as I did, there is a post about the person for whom she has taken up offenses. To be clear, Erin Pyle has been caught up in someone else's fight, and taken it a step further, in hopes of harming her "enemy", the author of the book.

Here is a link to Erin's "review", and the comments that respond to it:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R1STV9S8FRWKSW/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=059528812X&nodeID=#wasThisHelpful

I question the unethical actions of Erin Pyle, and I hope that, as a representative of your company, you question her actions, too.

Thank you."



As for the review being bogus. She has no proof of this. Want to check the book out for yourself? Amazon will let you view some of the first pages.

As for claim I am just trying to 'harm' the author, I would like to point out that one negative review is not going to harm her if she is in fact worthy of positive ones. Thank you for giving me the credit for thinking that my one review to her many good reviews would be that influential in harming her.

Whether it's politics or social issues or whatever, we can be on different sides and still succeed.

You go your way, and I go mine. And we both have our own thoughts that cannot be swayed at the end of the day, and that's okay, believe it or not.

We are ALL entitled to our thoughts, good or bad.


I would like to also thank the person for their opinions because it made me remember that you have to take the good with the bad. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Something we all learned when we were children.
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10 comments:

Samantha said...

Wow. Some people are so relentless! I agree with you 100%.

I just have one question...

Doesn't this person know who you are?

They apparently didn't do much research. lol

I can't wait to hear what HE has to say about this. I am assuming he is looking into it?

Brandy said...

Great write up, I am not getting in the middle, have been trying to stay out of this personal situation as I am not someone who can get caught up in drama and there are two sides to every story, but I wanted to leave a comment and tell you that I do understand where you are trying to come from - turning lemons into lemonade and that with good comes bad and vice versa.

As for the book review, I feel books are a hard product to even review as we all have vary different tastes in what we like to read so a negative for one person may be a positive for another and I doubt if it would affect any sales. I am not an author so I don't know, but that is simply my outlook on the good and bad book reviews.

Complicated Mama said...

Wow that is crazy!

Why is this person going to such extreme lengths to discredit you?? Someone has too much time on their hands maybe?

Its one review, one opinion amongst many--- But I guess you should feel honored that this person feels you that influencial that he/she has to do all the things they're doing.

Craziness.

ResourcefulMommy said...

Hey Erin,

A couple of thoughts. If any of the companies with whom you work receive that letter, this will be their reaction:

*Head shaking, paper crumpling, recycle bin basketball...*

I am 100% sure of this. There is nothing like a catty complainer writing a letter to a company with 4,529 bigger things to worry about that day than a review blogger to discredit that catty complainer.

And speaking of "her." If it really was L.F. aka M.M. who wrote that letter - and all signs point to yes - she's got a windfall of ill will coming her way. Karma is a nasty bi-atch. No need worrying your pretty little head about her and her shenanigans.

Have a Merry Christmas and hug that little boy of yours for me. :)

p.s. I've heard that the "pay to publish" book stinks, as well, but like 99.99% of people have not and will not ever read it.

zealandsmom said...

Here is my opinion...want it?
She is mean. We all know that. Did she have the right to question the incident? Well, sure she did. She does however have free speech. Did she have the right to be mean and hateful? Sure she did, she has the devil on her side.
Was it all uncalled for? ABSOLUTELY?
Does it discredit her and EVERYTHING she stands for? You bet ya'!

What is so humorous, is her thinking that someone attacking her, whether it is valid or not, is unethical!!

You too, have free speech, have the right to be mean and hateful (especially IF the book is bad!) and I can't tell you if it was uncalled for, since once again, I did not read the book!

Maybe some illuminate her to the pot/kettle/black story!?

Just sayin'!

Oh and I love you Erin:)

Summer said...

Wow, seriously? She calls you unethical because you logged into Amazon and reviewed 3 books in one day. Damn, I'm the most unethical person on earth!

Steph said...

I feel so badly you have to deal with such crap. Anyone who knows or has worked with you knows it is a load of doggy doodoo! I am glad you are being strong and taking a stand against such behavior.

Dee said...

Wow seriously? Women can be so catty..makes me sad to be one sometimes. Its sad..I thought she was supposed to be a writer? I was expecting a bit more from her letter to your sponsors and what not.

You know my stance on the whole bit. Everyone needs to just drop the drama and move on. Just laugh at her and move on. Shes not worth your precious time.

Karma's a bitch..this chick is gonna get it bad someday.

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

Wow, that lady is a petty women.

Katie said...

I am not sure how on earth your comments or actions could be considered unethical? Why because you gave your honest and unbiased opinions? That makes no sense at all. I am very sorry this happened to you.