Julie Frost, SFF writer (agilebrit) wrote,
Julie Frost, SFF writer

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Holy CRAP, y'all.

I've seen authors do dumb shit before. I've blogged about it.

But I'm pretty sure I've never seen anything like this.

So, what do you do if a reviewer/editor posts a review on their LJ that's less than flattering to your work?

Shrug it off, saying "to each their own"? That would be the smart thing to do.

Rant about it in a locked post on your own LJ? Not as smart, but probably acceptable if you keep it locked to people you know won't blab.

Rant about it in an unlocked post on LJ? Eh, that would probably be monumentally stupid.

However. Not as monumentally stupid as suggesting that the reviewer kill himself. And then, as icing on the cake, suggest that he take his cat with him.

Because, you know, that reviewer won't out you on his own LJ by publishing an email you sent him. And thus any career you might have had gets flushed straight down the toilet, because no one is going to want to deal with you after something like that.

Gee, it's a good thing that Kevin W. Reardon / Cole A. Adams is only in it for "the love of writing." Because that's about all he's going to get from here on out.

ETA: And now Mr. Adams/Reardon is sending death threats??? Oh. My. Gawd. I'm a writer, but, seriously. I've run out of words.

Son of ETA: And the review that spawned this? Kevin W. Reardon | "The Portico Angel" - a bad opening crippled this story for me plus the various relationships felt off. Suggesting someone kill themselves and death threats over THAT? Oh. Em. Gee.
Tags: professional behavior--or not

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