A few simple truths about the Internet:
- When you post on a public forum, your thoughts are fair game
- When you act foolishly online, it is forever memorialized
- Attacking your readership is not such a good idea but not prohibited
- Readers spend the money on the books – do I need to say more?
Show me an author who can afford to attack the hand that feeds her? What? Did someone say Mary Janice Davidson? I have zero interest in reading her books (as she has zero interest in getting my money) and I’m sure that only makes her laugh even harder as she looks over her bank statements. Her fan base can continue to cheer her on but know that you do yourself no favors. (Hear cackling in the background)
I didn’t choose to write for a living but I respect the work. I like to snark as do many other bloggers and I’m sure that ticks off some authors and industry people. But is it really smart to attack the people who pay your bills? I mean are you giving away a product here or are you asking for my money? There’s your disadvantage right there. Your work is out there for public consumption and if you don’t want to sit back and take it, hey dish it out, let us hear it – at your own risk.
Why worry? The online community only represents such a small portion of your readership. It’s not like we have family or friends we can complain to about your behavior. I mean after all, you are perfectly safe in your online world. Or maybe not.
Just recently, I was seeing on television how prospective employers are now searching the Internet, looking for blogs from people who they are interviewing for a job. You just never know who is reading these days. Editor? Publisher? Pissing off your fans is not such a smart move despite your motivations. For the money we pay for these books, yeah, you need to deal with it. Work it out. Keep it off the Internet. Bitch to your family and friends – not strangers, potential fans, readers, current readers, whoever. We are not your family or friends. We are consumers.