Spin Me Right Round Baby Right Round
I have something I want to show you, but I have to give you a little background (which you have no doubt already seen) first.
An up and coming author, J. Wallace (they say she has a website but I've yet to find it), left a "mean and scathing" review at Amazon.com for Jennifer LaBrecque. Jennifer was pointed towards Amazon.com by a fan who e-mailed her telling about a nice review she had left. While there, Jennifer saw J. Wallace's review and responded on her blog (see link above).
The Smart Bitches are on the case.
And Allison Kent has picked up the ball with smiting J. Wallace and giving away three free copies of Highland Fling.
Okay, okay, so a reader left a nasty review. So what? Okay, an aspiring writer left a nasty review. So what? Said aspiring writer dissed the editor and publisher in her "mean and scathing review." So what? Did I mention it's the same house she is trying to shoulder her way into**? Still I say....SO WHAT!
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Which leads me to the comments left by other authors at Jennifer LaBrecque's site:
Debra Webb says:
"I’m with Jaci, if you ain’t got nothing nice to say, keep your trap shut! This business is tough enough without folks showing their superiority complex (aka stupidity). And as Rhonda said, the publishing world is very small. To knock an author is bad enough but to insult her house and editor, well that’s just plain DUMB!"
...and while professing her love of free speech, Kimberly Raye said:
"To the reader who trashed this, get a sense of humor, why don’t you? And remember the old saying “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all,” otherwise it might come back to bite you in the ass."
If anyone should guard and protect the written word and our right to write whatever we want, shouldn't authors? I was impressed by Mrs. LaBrecque's take on the episode. Based on everything I have read she was able to put a nice spin on this and get some nice additional sales for this book. I might even take a look at it when I go to the store today to buy Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund.
But it is the authors behaving like
And that's the word.
** I would like to add that all info about Mrs. Wallace, her writing career and favored publisher is all hearsay until someone actually links me to her site, which everyone is refusing to do.