Well, we found out which bully led the onslaught against Sharon Desruisseaux:
This is an author who has been on our BBG list for some time now, so it’s a good thing we can now show you exactly why she’s there. But before we do, we’d like to show you what she and her “friends” have done to Sharon’s books. (We write the word “friends” in quotes because these people aren’t real friends. Not even with each other. Basically, they’re your friends until you do something accidentally to piss them off, then they blacklist you.) Anyhow, here are the shelves they created for her book, The Point of No Return:
And here are the people who shelved her book this way:
Recognize anyone? Yes, as you may have noticed, it is always the same people.
Now, we discovered Angela Horn was the author attacking Sharon by going down this list of people on Sharon’s book and then reading Angela’s latest blog post.
First off, in the post, she accuses Sharon of writing fake reviews, then proceeds to tell her off, saying that she doesn’t want to be friends. Just listen to this woman. Ignorance and hate ooze out of every word she says:
Then she says:
So, let us get this straight, Angela. You’ll blacklist someone you don’t even know, have never met nor had any interaction with simply because one of your “friends” doesn’t like them? Hmm… *scratches chin* So… what if your “friend” is in the wrong? What if your “friend” was just having a bad day and decided to take it out on this particular author? You’re just going to jump on the bandwagon and blacklist them, too?
You want to know what we think? We think you need to grow up. Either that, or go back to high school. Your actions here are exactly the kind of ignorant, monkey-see-monkey-do behavior that makes GR the sewer that it is, that makes it hard for anyone just to stay off a shitlist:
You all see that? Work hard not to get on a shitlist? Okay, we’re going to pause here for a second. Let’s think about that. She has to work hard to stay off a shitlist. That’s pretty telling. Why the hell should anyone have to work hard for that? I mean, unless you’re a complete asshole (which all of the bullies are and all of the people we’ve seen targeted by them are not), then you shouldn’t have to work hard to stay off a shitlist. Sharon is absolutely right when she says that the bullies’ behavior is petty and juvenile. They don’t seem to understand that it’s THEIR actions that cause others to take offense and thus respond the way they do. And then they have the audacity to blame the victims for the drama that they cause:
Hmm… You got two things wrong here, Angela. One is that it’s not just the indie world that’s rough. From talking to writers, we’ve learned that it’s both the indie and traditional worlds put together that are rough. And it’s not because of people like Sharon. It’s because of bullies like you.