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April 19th, 2009

2:10 PM

Weekend Blog Round-up

Battle of the Review Site Owners
It begins in the link above and ends rather anticlimatically at Ann Somerville's's blog where she described Jesse's posts as "muck-racking". After all, Jesse said of Ann, "I would not consider her a reviewer of value. After our exchange today - the first I've had, and hopefully the last - I see no reason to revisit that assessment"... oh wait.

EmmyG's outspoken reviews on MM romances are too hot for some people to handle.
This is why I personally prefer to do things my own way. Way less freebies than I would otherwise get, but I realized that some people's freebies can come with expectations that I may not want to meet. Some people view review sites as advertisement portals. I don't blame them because some review sites do behave this way, and also, at the same I also understand why some authors and publishers may expect some good things in return for their freebies. Again, some reviewers (not all, but some) behave in a manner that encourages such perception. I personally choose to strike out on my own to avoid dealing with such matters.

"I declare my book literary fiction and thus better than vampire romances and chick lit... and agents are the devil for preventing my book from reaching publishers whom I just know will love me!"
She was roundly beaten up in the comment thread and I'd feel sorry of her if she weren't so mulish about her post, but the comment thread is worth reading because we have authors and agents trying to tell her why and how publishing is first and foremost a business and not her ego-prop. The information they provided can be quite illuminating to someone who is not in the industry.

18 comment(s).

Posted by meh:

Having read just the posts at KZ's, I'd have to say, the first one to have a bug crawl out of her butt this time wasn't Somerville. I do wonder if we can get her to post the code that blocks referrals from specific URLs (unless it's a service her ISP provides and not site-code based). Wouldn't mind having that trick in my repertoire.
April 19th, 2009 @ 3:33 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

All I know is that I have a ban IP function in my admin control panel of my website. I haven't tested it before, but I guess most website hosts, with the right control panel, will give you that function.
April 19th, 2009 @ 3:40 PM

Posted by Teddypig:

Teddypig checks google for online courses...

Mrs. Giggles School of M/M Review and Hair Design.

A fully accredited online degree program.

Oral Presentation 69
Identifying The Top 0U812
The M/M Romance Novel: The Epic Angst 101
Anal Aesthetics 99
April 19th, 2009 @ 5:52 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

That's it. Guns at sundown!
April 19th, 2009 @ 5:57 PM

Posted by Teddypig:

Mrs. G would I get a certificate to hang on my blog?
April 19th, 2009 @ 6:02 PM

Posted by WillCoWriter:

Don't feel sorry at all for that third lady. She got exactly what she wanted—attention. She posted this same s**t on the Amazon ABNA forum. (link: http://www.amzaon.com/abna Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the forum.) If you read her comments in that thread, you'll see that she just wants everyone to think she's the greatest writer since Ernest Hemingway.
April 19th, 2009 @ 9:26 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

What I find telling in the Amazon thread is that many aspiring authors supported that woman more than published authors do. In fact, when I first read her rant, I wondered whether she was affiliated with some self-publishing outfit, because her "agent sux, they r holding back ur masterpiece" philosophy is straight out of the marketing snowjob some of those outfits give to desperate aspiring authors.
April 19th, 2009 @ 9:58 PM

Posted by Treva Harte:

1) Back in the day when I was a reviewer (weren't we all?) I remember what I had to do to qualify. I emailed the owner and listed my qualifications to review romance. Then I had to write a literate review of about 300 words about a book. They seemed to like my review all right but asked if I could write reviews of books I didn't like as well as those I did. I said those were lots easier to do, actually. And I got my review gig where I met Tina Engler as a fellow reviewer...but that's a different story. I always figured that process worked fine for reviewer qualifications. You read a lot of the genre you review, you have an opinion, you can express it in a coherent fashion and give examples to explain your opinion. That's what a reviewer should be able to do, no more and no less.

2) Too bad the aspiring author will only settle for a Major New York Publisher who apparently won't tailor its work to meet her needs. See, e-publishers rarely deal with literary agents. You'd actually get an editor and/or a member of management to read your stuff. Hey, maybe from there you could get an agent of your own. It's been known to happen. Of course divas tend to have more difficulties getting published anywhere.
April 19th, 2009 @ 11:11 PM

Posted by K. Z. Snow:

Once upon a time, there was a humble author who dwelt simply in a quiet little corner of Bloglandia. Then, one dark and stormy night, Thor, maddened by a bad batch of lutefisk and a barrel of stale ale, began to strike bolts of WTF? from his hammer, right over that peaceful little cottage . . .

All I know is, I need a good massage. Please, somebody send Nathan Kamp over here, pronto, with a package of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . good attitude.
April 20th, 2009 @ 9:24 AM

Posted by Kara:

Oh, but wait. It gets better. One of the reviewers on Jessewave's site got booted for posting too many negative reviews. She was told by Jesse that the publishers were going to stop giving the site free books if the reviewer didn't change her tone. I think that reviewer left, because I haven't seen her since. http://emmyjag.livejournal.com/121342.html
April 20th, 2009 @ 9:41 AM

Posted by Fae:

Sadly, all Emmy's reviews got taken down on Jesse's site as well. Which sucks because there were some very nice ones she did for a few of my books. And hell, I specifically asked for her to review my stuff because I like honest and I like her humor.
April 20th, 2009 @ 10:06 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Kara, that link is the same one as I mentioned in the blog entry. Hmmm. Interesting about the Angry Publishers bit: Liquid Silver Books and Samhain Publishing send me books to review, and so far they haven't given me any ultimatums. Is this a uniquely MM thing? Not to generalize too much, but I do notice that there is a great number of drama queens in that community.
April 20th, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

Posted by Kara:

Sorry, Mrs. G. I got confused because you said EmmyG, and I think that's another person.
April 20th, 2009 @ 10:24 AM

Posted by Ann Bruce:

About item 3 - My eyes started glazing by paragraph 3. After that rant and the "Can We Talk?" article in the March issue of RWR, I think authors should not be allowed to write any "Dear Editor" letters.
April 21st, 2009 @ 9:01 AM

Posted by Louise van Hine:

Jesse gets points off for flouncing, but Ann, as usual, strikes out for bludgeoning the mosquito with the sledge hammer. Yes, Jess's reviewer guy did a fluff piece, but Ann's review was downright mean and I think (as I posted on KZ's blog) motivated by Ann's hatred for her many new enemies at Linden Bay. She went on record to say that Linden Bay's entire stable were some of the worst authors she had ever seen, which was a really stupid thing to say considering her publisher was buying them up and she was pretty much directly trashing her own colleagues. Needless to say Ann doesn't publish with Samhain anymore.
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:01 PM

Posted by Emmy:

Oh wow. Who knew my annoyed blog post would make it to so many places?

Yeah, I'm done getting books from publishers as well. Call me stupid for not realizing those free books came with the caveat that I had to puke rainbows and cotton candy over books whether I liked them or not.

Ann got booted from Samhain, but still had books under contract. They may not like her much, but they're more than willing to make money off her. She's still got a book due to be released soon...tomorrow, I think.
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:11 PM

Posted by heh:

Ann, as usual, strikes out for bludgeoning the mosquito with the sledge hammer.

Ann's blog post might have been more of the same old same old, but it's in the comments where she really shines.
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:58 PM

Posted by Louise van Hine:


Well you know, a contract is a contract. I guess it isn't clear to Ann, though, that continuing a very public slagging off of the company publishing her books will not endear her to anyone publishing, and very few reviewing. Who was it who made that drawing of Romancelandia with the Mt. Somerville volcano? That would appear to be prophetic. Too bad it keeps erupting.
April 22nd, 2009 @ 1:09 AM