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Saturday, November 18, 2006
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I just read this comment from one of Miss Snark’s freakish fanzoids on Jenny Crusie’s blog:

This is me burning my bridges publicly, but then again, I’m not an important person in the publishing world, and certainly not as important as that great deity, Miss Snark.

God, I hate sycophantic fuckers who talk out of their arse.

This last comment just about had me laughing my tits off:

What a twat.

So just who the fuck is Miss Snark? Is she some kind of god, or just an ‘agent’ who thinks she’s Dear fucking Deidre?

And if she is this all important person in publishing, then how the fuck does she get the time to blog so damn much? I’m very envious of her time management skills, that’s for sure.

Know what I think? I think she’s a writer who couldn’t get published. Even if I’m wrong, we’ll never know, cuz she blogs anonymously.

Right, going back to reading now that that’s off my chest.

15 Comments »


  • shayera
    November 18
    11:58 pm

    OMG! That fanzoid is a complete idiot. These simpering fools who worship at the feet of the might Miss Snark are LKH fangirl nuts. As if they have the ability to tear down anyone.
    Crazy!

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  • Sandra Schwab
    November 19
    12:00 am

    A totem pole. Hmmm … That’s certainly an interesting (if somewhat … uhm … phallic) metaphor. Shit, why hasn’t anybody told me about the connection between totem poles and publishing before??? Perhaps I should fire my agent and hire anonymous blogger instead.

    As long as Publisher is head honcho, he doesn’t have to be grateful.

    Righty. Me too, I’ve always thought the money authors earn for publishers is highly overrated. And that publishers must be totally mad to throw these horribly expensive parties for their unimportant authors at, say, RWA national.

    ~*~

    Really, who are these people??? And what kind of drugs are they taking??????

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  • Eva Gale
    November 19
    12:02 am

    “It is never a good idea to publicly nail someone else’s ass to the wall defending a friend. Not unless it’s your intention to walk to the scaffold together. If so, martyrdom is admirable, but in most cases fatal.”

    Not for nothing, but isn’t that what she just did?

    But what do I know, I’m just an author and lowest on the totem pole.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    November 19
    12:13 am

    Regardless — psycho or just creatively medicated — as I said below in the MJ thread (http://karenknowsbest.blogspot.com/2006/11/so-do-they-really-hate-each-other-or.html#116389202258729597) I can take her. And her cute pug dog too.

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  • FerfeLaBat
    November 19
    12:14 am

    You making that fruitcake yet, Mira?

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  • Sandra Schwab
    November 19
    12:20 am

    Btw, are totem poles only applicable for the US market? And the British market is all about Stonehenge? At the solstices, all British publishers force their authors to walk to Stonehenge (if you happen to live on, say, the Orkneys, that’s just your own bad luck), lie down flat on their faces in the middle of the circle and think of the majestity (is that a word?), splendour and general greatness of their publishers. Ha! Much better than a totem pole!

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  • sallahdog
    November 19
    12:30 am

    I am dying… and without authors, what the hell would publishers have to publish? LOL, and without authors who would be paying Miss Snark (if she truly is an agent) salary?

    What a hoot!

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  • Jane
    November 19
    1:55 am

    What is with the “watch what you say because I know you . . .” bit? That is so bizarre and not a little crazy.

    The fact is that Miss Snark isn’t a romance agent, if she is even an agent, so who the heck cares if you “piss her off?”

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  • Jane
    November 19
    2:05 am

    I have to come back and comment a bit more. What is with the “you may have climbed this totem pole a bit”?? Is JC not a NYT bestseller? Does the commenter really think that JC would not have a contract in a nanosecond if St. Marten’s dropped her?

    Holy freaking cow. Hilarious.

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  • Eva Gale
    November 19
    4:05 am

    “You making that fruitcake yet, Mira?”

    Yes Ma’am. You’ll be babbling after one piece. MJD gets NONE! (and I offered one if she published the comments)

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  • Anonymous
    November 19
    4:25 am

    Damn, I thought we readers were at the top of the totem pole! 😉

    Someone over at SBTB posted a link to this blog. Now that’s what I call snark!

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  • eggs
    November 19
    5:07 am

    There is a widespread assumption that Miss Snark is actually Janet Reid of the JetReid agency – who’s list of recent sales on her website indicate that she makes most of her sales to small presses, and none of her sales are in romance.

    If you can be bothered to google “Janet Reid” and “snark”, you can read the long list of hints she’s taken great care to drop on both of her blogs. Why bother to be “anonymous” if you’re so desperate to be outed?

    If there is indeed a publishing ‘totem pole’ I’m pretty sure Miss Snark has to look a long way up before she even catches a glimpse of Jenny Crusie’s arse crack.

    It’s interesting how many folks on the top of the ‘totem pole’ are coming out to defend Ms. Stuart from attack, but only desperate fangirls (with zero standing on the totem pole) are defending Miss Snark.

    As Snark has admitted she knows nothing about the romance field, I suspect she had no idea that romance authors, editors and readers were intelligent enough to recognize her cheap swipe for what it was – and assertive enough to slap that shit right back in her face.

    Fun, innit?

    eggs.

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  • SandyC
    November 19
    6:40 am

    First, everything in my gut makes me want to barf when I read that persons post. It’s just wrong. Like everyone in this world working, we want to think we are valued as an employee. I would think authors would want to feel the same way. That what they do with publishers is an even trade. They provide a service and an artistic creation in their stories. The publishers provide a venue that distributes the authors work. We want to think that it is an even tradeoff. Both make a profit. The same way each of us wants our employers to feel about the work we do.

    Unfortunately, that is not the way it is for the peons. We ARE REPLACEABLE. The minute you forget that and act accordingly, the minute your worth becomes questionable in your employers eyes. I have seen this happen too often in the “real” world of non publishing.

    I don’t think what Ms. Stuart did was so god awful. She is not saying anything that any number of authors have not already said many times. That unless you are a mega author, then sometimes you are treated just like a number or slot to fill.

    We all know that authors, especially midslist authors are treated this way. The only time they are not is if they are on the cusp of becoming a mega author or have already reached that status. I doubt stephen king is treated this way or even danielle steel or sandra brown, not to mention nora roberts. They are the bread and butter of the industry for publishers. They are not going to be treated this way.

    So in a sense, the person who made that post is right. But then anne stuart is also right.

    What I don’t like about that post is it is a warning for others to be careful when supporting someone like Anne STuart. They are basically saying “you will go down with her”.

    I doubt seriously if anyone will be going down in a sinking ship over this. But if that were the case, if enough people came out of the woodwork to support her in this, maybe publishers will change.

    If not, how does change ever occur?

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  • Anonymous
    November 20
    12:49 pm

    I usually don’t respond on these topics because these snarkers make me so crazy, but I do have to say that I don’t think Jenny Crusie has anything to worry about. In fact I’m more likely to buy her books now.

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  • Lauren
    November 20
    6:33 pm

    I’m sure Jenny is soooper worried now. Eye roll.

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