Posted on 08/12/2021 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors have had the importance of reviews drilled into their heads.

And one popular place to solicit and store those is Goodreads. 

Unfortunately, many writers are finding that it’s also a popular place for bad actors to target them.

Several of them spoke with TIME recently about extortion demands and review-bombing on the popular reader website.

Many said they were targeted because they spoke out on social issues elsewhere — and that getting help from Goodreads was difficult, if not impossible.

Goodreads, in a statement to TIME, said it is “actively assessing all available options to take further action against the small number of bad actors who have attempted extortion scams.”

To see what these authors did to resolve — or attempt to resolve — the problems, head to TIME's article on Goodreads extortion scams and review-bombing trolls.

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