Posted in: Author should not read without a bottle of Jack Daniels, Authors behaving like twits, e-book authors posting under the influence, e-pubbed authors behaving like fucktards?
Calling a reader white trash is one of them.
Surely that’s something anybody with half a brain cell would know?
Origianlly, I wasn’t going to do a blog post on this, because I didn’t want to cause Trista Ann Michaels (Hey Trista, I linked to your page on Loose Id and everything, isn’t that great?) grief, but then I took my head out of my arse, and remembered that this isn’t a blog known for its restraint.
Might as well live by the Mean Girl code, yes?
Anyway, where was I? Yeah that’s right, here’s a really good example of what not to write on a reader blog:
I saw a link to this in my email and have been following it. It’s like a train wreck. You just can’t stop looking.
First of all, I would like to say thank you, since my book, Deadly Crimson, was one of the books you lumped into the whole m/m debate. Let me make perfectly clear, it’s not m/m, but m/f/m with no m/m interaction but this debate and interest, at least I’m hoping anyway, will increase sales and traffic and turn an already 5 figure monthly royalties into an even bigger check. So kuddos to Karen for that one.
As to her responses, though. They’re not funny or entertaining. They’re rude, classless and unbelievably white trash. Alot of people read this blog, even me on occassion. Is that really the image you want? I read that and I can clearly see in my mind some drunk out of her mind bimbo shouting trash in some backwoods bar because some other bimbo touched her man. Imagine what some professional editor might think?
It’s a shame that apparently a lack of a resonable rebuttle escaped you and you had to resort to four letter words and name calling. My two cents on the subject. Now I suppose I’ll go back into lurkdum and wait patiently for the white trash beatdown that is sure to come.
Knock yourself out.
My first feeling when I read her comment was one of confusion, who was she? Then I remembered that she was an author who I may have even read in the past. My second feeling was delight, because quite frankly it’s been a while since an author did anything so blogworthy, although I must admit, her comments were so random, one couldn’t help but wonder if she’d overdosed on coffee or something.
My cynical self naturally assumed it was an elaborate ruse to get her book mentioned on the thread. She says otherwise, but seeing as nobody mentioned either her, or her book by name, I’m not sure I believe her.
Listen, I don’t really have a problem with Trista calling me white trash, in fact it amused me a whole lot, in the way that a terrorist who was bequeathed an exocet missile would be amused.
For me, this is just blog fodder. It also means that I have a new name to add to my Authors Behaving Badly list. Unfortunate that.
Regardless of whether or not the charge was true – the fact that she called a reader, white trash, reflects badly on her as an author. And, when you’re an author who is e-published, it makes things even dicier. It may be unfair, but she’s been around long enough to know that slagging off readers in public is just not cricket.
Yes, there are double standards involved in the author/reader relationship, but that’s just a fact that authors have to adjust to, I think.
Anyway, I don’t think Treva, her publisher at Loose Id, had sent her the polite email note telling her to cease and desist at this point, (all assumptions on my part of course) because she came back, after my lengthy and may I say, restrained reponse:
Well, at least you read my correction before responding just like i knew you would. I wasn’t lying, I hit the wrong key, let’s make sure we get that point straight.
Also, I wasn’t plugging my book. I was correcting an incorrect assumption. My book isn’t m/m and I don’t want people thinking it is.
I can assure you, I know just as much about cosmo bars as I do backwoods bars. Where ever I am, I know how to act like a lady. Location doesn’t make you, your attitude and behavior does. What does your attitude and behavior say about you?
I’m sure you’re proud of you behavior. I’m sure you’re patting yourself on the back and you’ll respond, why yes I am. Good for you.
Just remember, what goes around comes around. I posted to correct a wrong and caution you on your behavior and responses because I see what people are posting about you.
It’s just a shame your nose is too high in the air for you to see it. Watch out for that rain.
The irony of her trying to caution me on my behaviour wasn’t lost on me.
Isn’t it funny though, how the people who claim to be the most lady-like, and well-mannered, always seem to be the ones who are quickest to dive into the gutter and start slinging shit around?
UPDATED TO ADD
(Just noticed that out of the four books displayed at the top of the Loose Id’s home page, three of them are MM, and that on the Coming Soon page as of 7th July 09, out of the book covers you can see, 2 of the books are het, 1 is an MMF, 1 is an MFM, and 5 are MMs.
Nope, not seemingly leaning towards MM at all. *g*)