Are Internet Trolls Really a Threat?


As recent events have unfolded, I have begun to wonder how much of a threat or hindrance to the Indie writer the troll really is. I firmly believe that their pathological blind hatred of any Indie writer, be they a first timer or one who enjoys moderate success with their books, actually works to the writer’s advantage.

Far from deterring readers from buying an Indie’s book by employing their misguided campaigns designed to discredit and end a writer’s career, and by writing their often absurd so-called reviews, in fact all they achieve is the exact opposite. When the potential reader comes across a one star review in the midst of four and five star reviews, it heightens their curiosity. Often it is all the hesitant reader needs to convince them to buy, if only to see what all the fuss is about.

In Goodreads for example, one particular troll has created a hate list of books entitled When Hell Freezes Over, driven by her insane desire to do harm to one particular writer. The list is populated not only by that writer’s work but the books of all his fellow writers who he counts as friends.

Here is the link to that particular list:-

This is not the only list, there are many of them both on Goodreads and on other internet book sites and outlets.

So, are Trolls really a threat to the Indie writer? I think not. If anything we should be thanking them for making readers who otherwise may not have come across a specific book aware of its existence.

This is a list of known Trolls on Amazon:-

Amanda Welling

Amazing Grace

Anna Karenina

angela longstaffe

Bruins Gal



Coaxial Creature




Dog Lover

ETA: soon





HJ Leonard




John Green

K.L. Clark





Marcus Pailing


Michael McKinney


Miss M

Nana Janet



Old Rocker

Pete Morin







Teacher Mommy

Tansy Gold



Note that like all cowards they hide behind pseudonyms. If you come across a one star review written by one of them on Amazon, you will find that by clicking on their ‘name’ you see exactly where Amazon places them in its ‘Top Reviewer Ranking’. Not one of them rates as a genuine top reviewer. Most reside in the system’s doldrums with a ranking of two million or more.

Will they ever wake up to the fact that their campaign of hatred actually favours the Indie writer – probably not? The average Internet Troll left their brain at the door when they entered their bedroom to continue their often vitriolic attacks. So I would like to thank them for actively promoting my books on Amazon and Goodreads via their hate lists and their one star reviews. How many of them are still operating is anyone’s guess!

What each and every one of them forgets is that their actions constitute a criminal act under US Federal and State law. The same applies to their cousins in the United Kingdom…

10 thoughts on “Are Internet Trolls Really a Threat?

    • That is the whole point of my argument Robynn. The trolls may despise Indies. But by actively drawing attention to a book, in effect they are actually promoting it to the reading public.


  1. I also have the pleasure of being on that “when hell freezes over” list. I found that some on Goodreads like to flame, besides troll – including librarians, not just the trolls. But I have to agree with you, Jack. The prejudice seems to come from those people who didn’t have luck at writing for money, and they retreat in their shell of arrogance. Though, I’m pretty sure there’s not much grey matter in their brains, least of all courage.
    At the end of the day, it’s all just noise that dies out eventually.


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