What NOT to say to potential readers….

I really should be heading to bed, but I just had to quickly post about a crazy little situation I was linked to this evening.  I believe Neil Gaiman tweeted about it and it was retweeted through a friend I follow on Twitter.

What is it, you ask?  Why, apparently the self-destruction of a new indie (self-published) writer!

There is a blog called Big Al’s Books and Pals that reviews books on the Kindle e-reader.  I get the impression that Al reviews a lot of indie writers, but I could be mistaken.

Recently Al reviewed The Greek Seaman by Jacqueline Howett.  He writes that the storyline itself is decent, but that the spelling and grammatical errors are numerous and quite distracting, making the story difficult to finish.

A basic review that seems, in my opinion, fair.  But that’s not what has made things explode suddenly over on Al’s blog, oh no!  Ms. Howett started replying to Al, and to others commenting, and grew more and more vicious, childish, and unprofessional.  She even used the F-word!  I was so aghast that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

But I leave it to you, dear reader, to marvel in this spectacle that is a reputation both flaming, and sinking, while I am to bed.

EDA: this morning I wanted to pass along another blog’s take on this debacle.


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