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Dear Ellora’s Cave, Go Fuck Yourself or Boycotting Ellora’s Cave

Dear Ellora’s Cave,

Go Fuck Yourself.

Sincerely,

A Reader who will never buy your company’s products ever again

Sunday night I was casually surfing the internet when I discovered my favorite book blogger, Dear Author, was being sued. By Ellora’s Cave owner and author Tina Engler (AKA Jaid Black).

Over this blog post: The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. I have copied portions of the post below, hoping to spread this info as much as possible. Please go to Dear Author for the full article.

Basically, Tina Engler is pissed off that Dear Author called her, her business practices, crazy actions and bullying behavior on the carpet. And Tina Engler responded with a lawsuit. A SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) lawsuit. And Ohio (where Tina filed) does not have an anti-SLAPP law.

Everyone knows Tina Engler’s end game: she wants to shut people up. And the best way to do that is to scare people. Well, Tina, I just have to say FUCK YOU. Yes, I’m upset and a little scared that even posting this could get me sued. But you know what? I refuse to allow Tina Engler’s bullying tactics to work on me.

Author Courtney Milan has started publicly tweeting and commenting about Ellora’s Cave and Tina Engler’s actions – using the hashtag #notchilled – showing that although Tina Engler wants to chill our speech via her SLAPP lawsuit, it will not be chilled. I don’t tweet so my contribution is this blog post. And my boycott of all Ellora’s Cave published works. I will not post any reviews of any works published by Ellora’s Cave/Jasmine Jade Enterprises nor will I buy their books.

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Quirks: Deception in Romance

We all have our personal quirks – things that just light our fire or work our nerves like nails on chalkboard…

Hey, we’re all human.

I try to be as honest as I can (with myself and those very few people who read my reviews) about how I feel about the books I read. I really try to take as much time as I can to discover what it is I like or dislike about any particular book. Being honest with myself requires me to own up to some of my personal quirks.

So today I want to talk about my issue(s) with deception.
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2013 Washington Redskins Season: A Fan’s Opinion

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This .gif really just explains how this season felt to me.

Between Mike Shanahan convincing the media that he actually had jackall to do with the current Redskins’ predicament, the entire country deciding to pick now to try to force Snyder into changing the team name from the Redskins and RGIII turning into RGKnee, this has been a turbulent year for the Redskins.
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Opinion: The Art of Losing Sales

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a BUSINESS, man.”
-Jay Z, Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix), Late Registration (Kanye West Album), (2005)

I call this post “The Art of Losing Sales” because it was inspired by an author cutting the monkey fool in a Goodreads thread. Unbeknownst to that author, I had just decided to buy some books by him. After watching him cut up online, I decided my money was better in my pocket as I no longer trusted the author’s brand (or behavior). I mistakenly told the author that he had lost a sale due to unprofessional commentary and he informed me that he wasn’t a “business person” or a “professional” but a writer! and an artist! who wasn’t bound by the horrible nature of business.

 

I’ve been watching Goodreads implode lately. Mostly just reading the threads without commenting as I’m weaning myself off of the site. I think there’s something…different and somewhat enlightening about reading the commentary without the intention of commenting myself. I feel that it makes me think more – pay more attention to how I feel about the subject instead of what I feel about a subject…if that makes any sense (in the area of think, not speak).

So, I’ve been reading a lot at GR without actually commenting. It’s worked well for me so far.

I was recently reading a thread about a rather controversial Goodreads topic: Should authors comment on reviews about their own books and should reader-reviewers have the option to disallow author comments on those reviews. This is a subject that gets a lot of Goodreads members rather…emotional. There’s a long and rather trifling history about author comments on GR reviews so the subject gives both readers and authors the feels about this subject.

My opinion: I agree with some parts of both sides of the argument. I do think that author commentary can stifle discussion quite often but I’ve also seen author commentary foster discussion. Honestly, it all depends on the personality of the author. Some authors can and do maintain a high level of interaction with readers while still being professional and keeping their “author mystique.” Other authors completely lose their shit at the first hint of any type of dissenting opinion and/or critical commentary. It makes sense – we’re all human.

But the topic made me think…

Why don’t all authors think of themselves as a business and a brand? The name on the front of the book IS the brand (and happens to be the name of the author). Do (some) authors not realize that – like Jay-Z quoted above – if a consumer does not like a brand they will not support that brand? Each and every author is their own brand, like Jay-Z…or Michael Jordan.
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