Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Information Age

Lately, there seems to be an increase in authors behaving badly online. I'm sure I'm not the only person noticing this, but often I cannot help but shake my head and ask what the heck the author in question was thinking at the time when they went down that road.

While the Internet is a vast world upon its own, the e book romance community isn't. And if you mention an author's name with a few books out, chances are they will ring a bell with me. I'm good with names and dates.

Recently, an author posted on a writers forum about how irked they were with their publisher who they named.

I didn't think much of it, this happens quite often with the poster using an anon online name. Again, this is nothing out of place. However, in that post they did provide a little information, not their pen name or anything obvious, but it was enough to make me go searching online to see if I could discover who they were(yes, I'm curious like that). In less than seven minutes I knew who they were without a doubt.

Now, you may wonder why I care and why I bothered to blog about this. Well, I can't help but wonder if the author knew how easy it would be for someone to find out this information. Obviously the publisher involved with whom she is still under contract with isn't going to like her less than kind words about them, right?
Also, the e book romance community is a very small one and it's easy( or I assume it is) to get a bad rep. Publishers and editors talk, right?

What are your thoughts?


  1. Definitely agree with you on this one, Vivian. What with Twitter and Facebook, it gets harder and harder to keep one's identity a secret and everyone talks to everyone else about everything. One need only check out the Greek Seaman debacle(sp?) and know how closeknit the romance writing community is online. Best advice, is just to keep your lips sealed and don't say anything unless you're willing to back it up and don't mind if anyone else knows. Because, chances are, they will find out.