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Methinks that Ann Vremont is looking for some free linkage, and because I’m in a pretty good mood today, I think I’ll let her have it. Free linkage that is.

Check out her beautiful artwork. That gal sure is talented. She’s good enough to work at Changeling. (Click on pic to take a closer look. Seriously, do it.)


Oooh so pretty…

She’s good isn’t she? Although it has to be said, I could do with having that woman’s arse in real life. Mine is a tad bigger than that, dammit, but with the frequent visits to my local pilates classes, I too will have an arse like that very soon.

I also like that Ann is so familiar with my snark schedule, although I have to say, it’s been a while since I blogged about Harriet Klausner. I’ll have to go back and check though, although she probably knows more about my blog posts than I do.

Now let’s take an even closer look at her art:


Man Sarah, I think this is a sly dig at you…


Nice donkey…


What a great pair of baps…

I love the pictorial representation of me riding the donkey. Truly, I do, but I do think that it may have been more apt for me to be sucking the donkey’s balls rather than riding the donkey. Know what I mean?

Did you read the poem that she wrote too? Beautiful wasn’t it? I just about cried, it touched me so deeply.

Ann, I can’t recall what I did to you to deserve this much attention, but you gotta do better if you want to end up on my exclusive Authors Behaving Badly list. That list isn’t for the Joanne Averages of this world, you gotta be special to end up there.

This isn’t bad authorly behaviour, nah, this is just you looking for a little lovin. I understand that. You’re an author who’s success in her chosen field is shall we say… limited.

May I make a teeny tiny little suggestion though? If you want to truly be successful at this writing lark, you gotta concentrate on the important stuff. Seriously.

Spending hours working on a way to subtly slag off a lil ‘ole reader, isn’t going to win you a RITA, know what I mean?

You’ll obviously never be a Nora Roberts, cuz ya know, there is only one Nora, but if you work hard enough, and keep your nose to the grindstone, you may just end up achieving the same kind of success that the likes of AQ Fredrichs, and Fletchina Archer, were able to engineer for themselves.

Now don’t that just make your panties go all moist with anticipation?

On a more serious note, the reason why I like authors like Monica Jackson, and Mary Janice Davidson, despite their obvious flaws, is that they are happy to call a bitch to her face, if the mood takes them. That’s a good thing, because you know where you stand with them.

You know that they wont smile at you, whilst secretly getting ready to plunge a knife in your back. That counts for a lot, dontcha think?

Sarah, I’m not sure what Ann has against you personally, but it seems that she’s jealous of the fact that I pimp you, and not her. Don’t worry about it though, you have more talent and readers in your little finger, than she has in her whole body.

Well, Ann, you got the attention that you were obviously desperate for, I hope it makes you feel fulfilled. Truly, I do.

And by the way, this girl does, because this girl can.

Smooches.

Thanks to my Eyes and Ears for bringing this to my attention.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    5:52 pm

    Shannon ~ Ann worked realy hard on those Donkey balls. *eg*

    What’s posting without a few repercussions? ~ Anon

    Exactly!

    And.

    I win. 😉

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    6:28 pm

    Free career advice for Ann. By lowering yourself to attacking a *reader* (and yes, Karen is a reader) you have shown your true colours to everyone who reads this blog. How utterly unprofessional. How spiteful. How stupid from a career perspective.

    Ann has a well-earned reputation at a few publishers for her troublemaking and unprofessionalism.

    Quite frankly, her writing isn’t all that. She’s no Sarah McCarty for sure!

    Karen, hold your head up high and treat this like the spiteful attack from a bitter wanna-be that it is. You’re ten times the woman Ann is!

    Natalie Palmer

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    6:34 pm

    Karen, you sure do know how to start a shitstorm, I’ve been watching this develop with sickening fascination! All this antagonism over a woman with so little talent. Ann Vremont that is, lol!

    I’m in agreement with the posters who have commented that it’s in bad taste to publicly smackdown a potential buyer, when you have such a public career. It seems just plain dumb to me, then again, I’m possibly too stupid to realise that actually it’s de riguer these days for authors t react like she did.

    Karen seems to have taken this in her stride, it’s Ann’s crazy friend who seems to have lost all reasonable thought. With friends like that, who the hell needs enemies.

    With that, I shall go back into lur mode.

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  • Barbara B.
    March 2
    6:34 pm

    Vremont really aimed low on this one. It seems more vulgar and juvenile than clever and funny to me but I’m hard to amuse. She appears to have put quite a lot of time and energy into her presentation. I’ll applaud the effort if not the outcome.

    My understanding is that the performers in Tijuana style live sex shows actually have sex with the donkeys. Is this what passes for wit these days?

    It becomes increasingly sophomoric, this little pissing contest between disgruntled writers and snarky blog reviewers. Nobody ever really wins but the writers always lose.

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  • Jane
    March 2
    6:35 pm

    I love it when the blog topic becomes totally about the commenters.

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  • Anne
    March 2
    6:42 pm

    Ferfelabat- I know you are her friend, but why on earth do YOU feel the need to defend Ann? She obviously put this out there, and YES IT IS SNARKY no matter how you try to sugar coat it. Both Karen and Sarah are my friend, GOOD FRIENDS, and this is vindictive and petty and childish. Ann wanted attention, and now she’s got it… I guess she’s content with any attention she can get, negative or positive, doesn’t matter, and that, to me, is truly and utterly pathetic.

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  • Laura
    March 2
    6:46 pm

    Anonymous, I can certainly understand not wanting to name your employer, since you’ve insulted a hell of a lot of readers with your condescending posts.
    If you can wrench the stick out of your ass, you might be able to realize that sometimes the value of the book isn’t the quality of the writing. Of course, someone who only values lit-ah-chuah might not appreciate that. Personally, I find that stuff boring as catshit.

    For the record:
    I’ve only read “Reluctant Muse”, but I enjoyed it.
    As ‘net art, I kind of liked it.
    As an attack on Karen, it was crass.
    Anonymous posts, even when made by “industry insiders” are made by cowards.

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    7:01 pm

    Or people who don’t have and want Blogger identities, or who do not wish to share a username and password with anyone with whom they work. I’m not that anonymous, and I could only wish to be an industry insider, but I must point out that it isn’t necessarily cowardice that brings forth anonymous posts.

    Natalie

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  • Eva Gale
    March 2
    7:06 pm

    Anne-I think we agreed it was snarky. That was The Point.

    “This will be my last post, gotta get to work, but I truly look forward to the responses. What’s posting without a few repercussions?”

    See? See? Exactly. Sand thrown, everybody had a good time and we shake hands and walk off.

    Karen, can you make sure Monday is entertaining? What’s the lineup?

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    7:10 pm

    Ferfelabat- I know you are her friend, but why on earth do YOU feel the need to defend Ann? ~ Anne

    Anne. I don’t know you personally but I would come to your defense if you were to post a particularly well done piece of snark that entertained me and got slam-danced for it online … or even over drinks at a bar. It’s my way.

    Jane said…
    I love it when the blog topic becomes totally about the commenters.

    That always happens doesn’t it? Why is that? Did I hurt Anonymous’s feelings? I didn’t mean to. Damn.

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    7:17 pm

    Ferfe is a tool. Ann isn’t woman enough to come here and comment.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    7:19 pm

    Anonymous said…
    Ferfe is a tool.

    *Blink*

    I need a translator please?

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  • Jane
    March 2
    7:23 pm

    Maybe snarky is the point. But probably the point that Ann couldn’t see (forest/tree thing is that while Ann’s chums get great giggles and that Ann herself looks like the donkey Karen’s riding.

    But hey, if Ann wants to be known for her mad photoshop skillz, then yeah for her. I’ll definitely be on the look out for more graphic mockups from her.

    If she is an author, not sure how this great marketing/promo plan is working out for her.

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  • Anne
    March 2
    7:24 pm

    Anne. I don’t know you personally but I would come to your defense if you were to post a particularly well done piece of snark that entertained me and got slam-danced for it online … or even over drinks at a bar. It’s my way.

    That’s just it. It’s snark and targeted to two people who barely know who Ann Vremont is. Snarking is going to get NEGATIVE REPERCUSSION because it deserves it.

    It’s bitchery plain and simple. Not a good persona I’d want if I were a published author, that’s for sure.

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  • Anne
    March 2
    7:25 pm

    Anonymous said…

    Ferfe is a tool. Ann isn’t woman enough to come here and comment.

    I agree with Anonymous. 100%.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    7:34 pm

    That’s just it. It’s snark and targeted to two people who barely know who Ann Vremont is. Snarking is going to get NEGATIVE REPERCUSSION because it deserves it.

    The targets of snark should know the snarker well or else snark gets a bad reputation?

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    7:55 pm

    Yes, Ferfe. Would you walk up to someone in the street and say, “You’re such a bitch!”

    I didn’t think so.

    Would this be permitted to say to a friend if said in a joking way? Yes.

    Making fun of a stranger is just downright mean. Making fun of a friend can be part of banter.

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  • Anne
    March 2
    7:57 pm

    It’s pointless to speak to you Ferfelabat. You’re going to side with Ann no matter what anyone says or how right they are and how wrong Ann was, so I’m not going to bother.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    8:02 pm

    Anonymous said…
    Yes, Ferfe. Would you walk up to someone in the street and say, “You’re such a bitch!”

    I didn’t think so.

    Would this be permitted to say to a friend if said in a joking way? Yes.

    Making fun of a stranger is just downright mean. Making fun of a friend can be part of banter.

    I didn’t see it that way. I realy did not see it as a hit on Sarah either. She seemed to be an add-on by virtue of Karen’s Fangrrl love of her work – which I now have to order from Amazon and read BTW. Love historicals – can’t write them for shit but love reading them.

    And if I were to walk up to a complete and total stranger in the street and say “You are such a bitch.” It would be funny by virtue of the following point:

    Chances would be excellent in Miami that the person would be armed and I would get shot. Funny in a sick way, I grant you, but we also laugh at the Darwin Awards for a similar reason.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    8:04 pm

    Double post. My bad.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    8:08 pm

    I got a translation for “Tool” from the West Coast (I kinda thought it was a Northerner term though and knew it was an insult but wanted to be certain).

    “Tool is slang for sycophant.”

    Well ok then.

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  • Ann(ie)
    March 2
    8:24 pm

    It’s also slang for penis.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 2
    8:32 pm

    Ann(ie) said…
    It’s also slang for penis.

    Even better.

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  • Anonymous
    March 2
    8:44 pm

    What I think is particularly telling is that Karen’s blog has over 70 comments, whilst Ann’s still only has the six comments that I read earlier.

    Either Ann’s pals (with the exception of Ferfelabat) are too chicken shit to publicly side with her, or they want to distance themselves from somebody who’s hell bent on committing career suicide.

    Either way, she’s not getting much love from anyone publicly. That says a lot.

    Lynette

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  • Sybil
    March 2
    8:47 pm

    Sooooooo what have we learned today?

    Going forward all reviews should be done using pictures of the author?

    Focusing on the author.

    And ignoring the work…

    Because it isn’t about the book but the people. Got cha. Fuck we are soo gonna have to learn photoshop.

    The up shot is we can make money doing covers…

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  • Anne
    March 2
    8:55 pm

    Hi Lynette. *Waving*

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  • Lauren
    March 2
    11:24 pm

    Just to comment on the comments, because that’s the way I am – seriously, to call names while being anonymous is utterly sad.

    Yes, I know how it can be sometimes. Hell, I’ve seen people namedrop me and talk shit about me with no actual information (not that that stops anyone) and it’s frustrating. Sure, I’d love to respond to all of it because it’s maddening. But you know, if it’s worth saying, it’s worth putting your name to.

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  • Eva Gale
    March 2
    11:41 pm

    Ferfe-Ha! You got called a penis! Someone is all het up! “blabber blah blah -pppffttt—Tool!”

    This all is just so amazing. How everyone descended into name calling is ..*shaking my head* Sigh. Which is the EXACT reason we came to Ann’s defense.

    And did you not all realize that Karen didn’t HAVE to remark on the picture? She could have let it die in oblivion, but nooo..it’s all Ann’s fault, she made a mean picture. Meany meany poopoo Ann. She’s a bitch. She’s a No Talent.

    And the work has nothing to do with Sarah other than Karen loves to squee over her. Which is good. We all need a good squee now and then.

    So. Go forth and Squee.

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  • Anonymous
    March 3
    12:06 am

    Karen wouldn’t have had to remark on the picture if Ann hadn’t made it a personal attack. Did Karen make the picture? Did Karen post it on her blog? Give me an ever-loving break.

    J.B.

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  • Barbara B.
    March 3
    12:10 am

    Wow, that Vremont is really on a rampage. I was just at her blog and she’s at it again. Where will it all end? Can’t say that I blame her. All this unwonted attention must be quite seductive.

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  • Anonymous
    March 3
    12:21 am

    She needs the attention Barbara B. This is the most traffic her blog will get for the rest of the year, so the woman’s just milking every drop she can, while the audience is at an optimum.

    She’s totally pathetic and a little crazy too IMHO.

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  • Shiloh Walker
    March 3
    4:42 am

    oh wow….last time i looked there were like twelve or fourteen comments on this.

    now it looks like karen is going to hit 100 or more.

    my opinion as just a blog hopper would be that Ann has some decent graphic skills and yeah, i might grin a little at the snark even as i shake my head over it.

    my opinion as a reader would be that i dunno if i’d want to buy a book from somebody that got such a charge out of slapper at a reader. Yes, karen does reviews and she’s pretty well known in our little part of the blogging world because of those reviews. but she wouldn’t have those reviews if she didn’t love books.

    which brings me to my third viewpoint. as an author… I dunno that I’d wanna be caught slapping at somebody like that in such a public venue. but especially not a book lover. we like book lovers…they buy our books and that makes us writers happy. even if karen the reader isn’t into ann’s books, maybe others are, or would be, but it’s pretty obvious this has left a bad taste in the mouths of several readers that spoke up and only God knows how many that are lurking. it’s not a good idea for an author to do that sort of thing.

    and FYI, Ferfe, I’m going skip over anything you write that involves piss extraction. I left any and all kinds of piss extractions behind me when I quit the nursing job.

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  • Karen Scott
    March 3
    7:30 am

    now it looks like karen is going to hit 100 or more.

    Oh in that case, I might as well help this little project along then!

    Incidentally Shiloh, I’m not so sure that Ann really cares what she airs in public. I knew I knew her from somewhere else other than the mini dust-up last year. She wrote some pretty damning things about Elloras Cave at JaynieR’s blog last year, or the year before.

    The irony of that is, that I actually defended her when all the other authors started wagging their fingers for her. I just found the e-mails that she sent to me, (dontcha just love Gmail?) thanking me for sticking up for her. There’s gratitude for ya, huh.

    And FLB, when in the hell do you get time to write?

    Just sayin’.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    March 3
    12:57 pm

    And FLB, when in the hell do you get time to write?

    Just sayin’.

    You don’t see me in here posting daily and my blogs and websites are sadly neglected, but I try to get out and be social at least once a week or so.

    Yesterday my office network was hit with a Denial of Service Attack and then a full on virus so I took the day off an did laundry. I hate house work. I prefer hanging out on a blog and get called a Dick by complete strangers than face the fact that I am doing laundry on a day off.

    That one threw me for almost an hour, BTW. I thought, “Women can’t be dicks. That’s genetically impossible. WTH kind of insult is that? Surely I merrit at least a gender appropriate slam. There’s like a dozen words they could have used without even looking them up. Cunt, Twat, Bitch, … well three at any rate. Why “dick”? And then … I considered that women were calling me that and realized that yes. Yes it IS possible for women to be dicks. And all my life I’d thought dicks were entertaining as well as being — you know — dicks. I know different now. 😉

    Regardless. It was fun and I sincerely hope I didn’t inadvertently hurt anyone’s feelings.

    Heading out on a road trip today for the weekend. A close friend was badly injured rescuing a dolphin from a net and we are heading North to visit and keep him entertained for a few. Have Vodka. Make housecalls.

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  • Shiloh Walker
    March 3
    1:27 pm

    The irony of that is, that I actually defended her when all the other authors started wagging their fingers for her. I just found the e-mails that she sent to me, (dontcha just love Gmail?) thanking me for sticking up for her. There’s gratitude for ya, huh.

    Well… ouch.

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  • Anonymous
    March 4
    3:21 pm

    Ann’s always been a difficult person to work with, this latest manouevre wont surprise anybody who knows her intimately. The woman is her own worst enemy.

    I’m staying anonymous, because unlike Ann, I have a career that I like, and would do anything to protect.

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  • katieM
    March 4
    8:13 pm

    First LKH calls readers stupid if they don’t just lurve her slutfest work and the direction its going and now this Ann person publicly disses a specific reader. Why is it that authors whose writing sucks try to blame the readers? Perhaps they should take some of the criticism and use it to make their own writing and plottng better.

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  • avidbookreader
    March 6
    4:49 pm

    Late to the party again.

    I found the pic insulting myself. Don’t get anything about it being complimentary at all. I didn’t read all the comments but my first thought would have been like Karen’s. You read it right, girl. What an idiot.

    Keishon

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  • Kate R
    March 10
    1:46 pm

    heck, for a really proper expression of “hate the reviewers” art, go for one of Monica’s pictures.

    Look at one of those puppies and then say this is The Worst Sort of Insult. Y’all are looking for simple message that this writer hates Karen.

    My trained art major’s analysis is that her feelings for the subject are more complex. And I think she had fun.

    Go on and get all heated up but recall that a girl’s got to have a hobby.

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  • Kate R
    March 10
    1:48 pm

    and talk about late for the party.

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