I was bullied at school but, until yesterday had never been bullied on the internet. It was a double shocker because A) it was a happy day, the launch of my first new book in 3 years following my near-fatal motorbike accident B) the perp was someone supposedly au fait with the book business.
You would think that everyone involved would realise that a writer with a publisher has a lot of fellow-authors who help each other. It would be natural, therefore, to expect my colleagues from Crooked Cat to be posting all over the place to share my joy. No?
It started when Jane Bwye, possibly the most gentle and inoffensive person I know, posted a share on The Bookshop Café on FB. Their banner reads “Welcome book lover, you are among friends.” which now makes me think with friends like that who needs enemies?
She was given the sort of ticking-off a naughty schoolgirl could expect from a prefect (believe me, I was at a girls’ public school). She was accused of SELF-promotion. excuse me, literary genius, but that would be publicising her OWN work, not that of a friend, wouldn’t it? So I contacted this over-bearing moderator and we had a private discussion on FB message.
If I thought he was rude to Jane Bwye, he was only getting started! Remember that this man does not know me, has had no dealings with me on internet and still feels he can throw accusations like this around…..
Matt Mason : It’s also very underhand to ask other members to promote for you to get around our rules.
Either this guy is a total moron who knows nothing about the publishing industry and authors helping each other, or he is accusing me of being a CHEAT! I am not. I never cheat, bend rules or “get around” guidelines. My faith ensures that I am scrupulously honest at all times. It is a point of honour with me.
I explained that I also have groups and would never spam or ask others to do so for me. He refused to apologise. I told him he was badly-brought up which is one of the worst insults we French can give – it is a slur on the person AND their family. Cheat, my backside – I can find much more fitting words for this, including “idiot” which he also used in conversation with me.
Well – people have looked at how he spoke to Jane, heard what he called me and left that group. Hope he’s happy.
It’s no way to run a railway…or a book-centred FB group.