Saturday, August 15, 2009

Does author behavior matter?

Have you been caught in the storm of controversy in romance bloglandia? From what I can gather Karen Scott at Karen Knows Best started the uproar over an ad on the Smart Bitches blog this week. The ad is for "Danny" an incestuous story by Chancery Stone. Karen asked the question "Does Running An Ad Equal Product Endorsement?" Susan Tanner and about 80 commenters at her blog also chimed in on the subject. Another topic was mentioned several times even though it wasn't the core question "Does author behavior matter?" Most said a resounding "YES!" The author front and center of the firing squad was Chancery Stone because of several their remarks a lot of people deemed rude, even obnoxious. I'm risking her wrath here by mentioning this, but that will only prove my point. I've seen other authors bash their publishers and editors publicly. One author made it a vendetta, ranting and raving throughout the romance world. If I was another publisher or editor and that author submitted to me, I'd be extremely leery to work with them. I wouldn't work with them. When I was a reviewer, an author tore my sight and reviewers to pieces. People are allowed to object in a civil manner. But to do so rudely means I won't work with you or read your work again. That author is on my automatic do NOT buy list. Behavior like this was never okay. In today's world where anything you do and say on the Internet is recorded for people to view forevermore, it's career suicide. Not cool. What is your take on this? There are times, place, and matters about which to speak your mind and there are others you should just button your lip

You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, Sandra Cox, Regina Carlysle, and Cindy Spencer Pape are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)


Regina Carlysle said...

I believe authors need to take criticism of their work like big girls. This is a business and not everyone is going to like your work, just like everyone isn't going to like you personally. It happens. You suck it up and continue on. To publishly bash and editor/publisher/review site is not cool.

Regina Carlysle said...

Oops. Fingers aren't working. To PUBLICLY blash, I mean. lol

Unknown said...

I think you have to do what you have to do and accept there will be consequences

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