Well, well. It looks as if the bully crowd is trying to tell authors how to behave… AGAIN! A couple days ago, we received this comment from Maya:
Well, since this site is always about how readers are so mean to authors on GR, maybe this thread will interest you; readers sharing stories of great interactions they had with authors on GR: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1210998-dos-and-don-ts-for-gr-authors-blog-post. It’s the “other side”, so to speak.
To which Good Belle responds:
Are you fucking kidding me? Took me all of five seconds to get pissed off reading that thread. Who the hell are readers to tell authors how to/how not to behave?? And check boxes for authors before being ‘granted’ an GR account? Do we live in communist times? This ain’t Russia, China or North Korea – time for us to stop telling authors what they can and cannot do.
And Karig says:
All this does is confirm that places like Goodreads are (currently) useless for authors, particularly authors who aren’t already famous. The clique there (and at other places like the forums at Amazon) react with outrage if an author so much as mentions the name of his book (which is apparently considered “spamming”). Hell, some people there get seriously put out with you if you even mention that you **have** a book without saying what the title is.
I can understand that authors should avoid the “hard sell” and shouldn’t try to get the word out about their books by dumping blurbs and ad-speak onto a forum thread, but Heidi Belleau’s list of rules is offensive. She’s going to tell us that if you’re an author, you can’t talk to your fans unless they talk to you first, and that when that happens, you can talk about other people’s books but NOT your own? Give me a freaking break. Is an author a second-class citizen who needs to be reminded of her place? Is she supposed to shrug and accept lots of one-star reviews from people who haven’t read her books because somebody online with a chip on his shoulder thought she was getting uppity?
These rules are ridiculous, and they make places like Goodreads useless if not poison for writers just starting out and struggling to get fans in the first place.
And then Maya:
Well… you could also ask who the hell are authors to tell readers how to behave. I think everyone simply needs to behave with class and politeness, both authors and readers. I shared because an author wrote the article and I read some successful stories of reader/author interaction in there.
I must have missed the post where they wanted check boxes before allowing authors on GR.
Well, Maya, I think she was referring to this comment on the thread. It’s right on the front page:
Do you see the last sentence there? That “some people” just like causing drama? Of course, she’s referring to authors. But we all know, by the evidence we’ve shown over and over again on our blog, that these “some people” are none other than the bullies we have named on our BBG page.
So, here it is again! The bullies causing drama and then blaming authors for it. It NEVER ends.
Now, the author Maya is referring to, who wrote the blog post, is Heidi Belleau. We’re not going to post what she wrote here. We’d rather not soil our pretty new theme with her self-righteous excrement, but we do agree with her on one thing – don’t ever wrestle with pigs. This is why we always tell everyone what we wrote on our Do’s and Don’t’s for Victims: DO NOT engage with the bullies. They are nothing more than a herd of smelly, foul-mouthed swine who relish in dragging authors down into the mud that they live in and love so well.
What we fully disagree with is Heidi’s statement that recommends authors interact with their fans only if they engage them first. This is just utterly ridiculous. Karig is right. Authors are not second class citizens. They have a right to correct factual mistakes in reviews without being bullied by these assholes. They have a right to be offended when they are personally attacked in a “book” review, that is actually an author review. They also have a right to be annoyed when their books are attacked by an infestation of trolls who leave one-star flybys without even reading the books in the first place. And yet it seems that all of this is allowed on GR and the moderators are just fine with it. This is why we alert others (particularly new authors) as to whom and what they need to avoid. Because their GR experience can actually be rather pleasant if they know the ropes and are warned in advance.
And speaking of warnings, here are couple Anons warning our readers about Heidi and her circle of friends:
The person (author) who wrote the so-called rules is not exactly the person anyone should be taking advice from. Just my observation from reading her on Twitter and various places online over the last year or so.
And then from Anon3:
That disclaimer by the person who started that thread, stating that she doesn’t know the author is a complete lie, and the author who wrote that blog post is best buds on Twitter with some of the worst bullies out there.
Anon3 is referring to this comment on the thread:
Anon3 is absolutely right. Willaful (one of the BBG) is lying. Check this out. Recognize anyone?
If you didn’t recognize one of our Biggest Offenders, go here.
Or how about this shot? Recognize any names?
Public enemy no. 1? Hardly. But Heidi is rolling in the mud with the pigs. Does it give you the impression that she wrote the post for attention? Hmm… *scratches chin* More than likely. What’s hilarious is the fact that these people are constantly writing up rules for authors. Because, you see, they always end up breaking them. For this reason, we’ll be keeping a particularly close eye on Heidi. If she’s anything like her friends on Twitter, she’ll end just like Looney and her “code of honour”.
Everyone remember that? You know, the code that she broke TWICE. If anyone is missing our posts on that, showing how she made a complete ass of herself, don’t worry. Within the next month, we’ll be re-pubbing them, so stay tuned…