From Good Ereader:
Good e-Reader has given extensive coverage to a situation plaguing the publishing industry, both from a self-publishing standpoint and a traditional one: author bullying. While information has come out that some authors have engaged in less-than-professional tactics, particularly where book reviews are concerned, the situation has escalated to the point that some well-known authors like Anne Rice have lent their support to calling for a change in how online platforms allow anonymous “trolling” of authors and their works.
News has come out this week of at least two authors who have declared that they will no longer write and publish their works due to the behaviors of a handful of people. Authors Sarah Daltry and Nadine Christian, independently of each other, have announced on their blogs and social media that they will be closing their accounts and removing all of their self-published works, although they will be unable to do anything to remove their contracted titles.
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In Christian’s case, the aggressive behavior was never in the form of book reviews, but rather in personal and anonymous contacts in the form of harassing emails and messages. She spoke with Good e-Reader about the behavior and her decision to discontinue her work as a writer.
“If being in the public eye led to that sort of vicious — and obvious stalking — was it worth continuing? I love to write, but would putting my work out there be worth the heart ache? The reaction I feel deep down every time I open an email from someone I’m not sure of was starting to give me stomach pains.”
In this age of online anonymity that allows small people to behave this way towards authors, why couldn’t Christian simply change her online name and start over, building a new brand and readership?
“It had run through my mind. Starting over, becoming Joe Bloggs, Jane Doe. But what if it’s me? What if I’ve done something to someone and not realised it? What if it’s my location, personality, even writing style that’s insulted so many? I love to write, even if it’s not published.”
Link to the rest at Good Ereader and thanks to Barbra for the tip.
PG doesn’t do litigation any more, but in the days when he did, he made some enemies by beating them in court. In certain business and family and social groups, it would have been difficult to find anyone who had anything good to say about PG.
Perhaps it’s these experiences or just PG’s obstinate nature, but he thinks it’s crazy to give up on writing because of a bunch of online jerks. PG quit going to Goodreads eons ago (not because of bullying, but rather because it was so terribly designed) and he has never missed it a bit.
He would have the same response to any online location frequented by nasty people. The world-wide web is a huge and wondrous place and PG can be perfectly happy spending his time in the countless useful and courteous parts for the remainder of his surfing days.
PG says write your books and put them out there. Use your own name or a pen name or a boatload of pen names if you like. If a single person buys one of your books and enjoys it, you’ve done a good thing for them.
And steer clear of jerks in both meatspace and cyberspace. Don’t go where they display their jerkitude. Life is too short to spend any of it with jerks.