Sticks and Stones

A great post from Jo in response to an uninformed writer’s vitriolic attack on indie authors. If this writer wants to limit himself to reading traditionally published work, then fine. His loss. With so much perfect reading material, you’d think he’d have something better to do than attack the reputations of all the original, exciting and immensely talented indie authors.

Jo Robinson

I don’t generally take “days off”, so if anyone noticed my total absence since Tuesday night, it was because of my usual nemesis otherwise known as Telkom, my dodgy internet provider. I’m only just back online now, but before I get to catching up with everyone I want to share a quickie.

If you’re going to launch any sort of direct attack, you firstly need to have all your facts straight, and secondly, if you’re going to attack authors in particular, you really should try getting your spelling and grammar right. When I came across a vitriolic article, broadly consigning Indie authors and their self-published books to the foulest, most evil smelling nether pit of hell, I originally thought that it had to be a (pretty lame) attempt at humour. And then I realised that it wasn’t intended to be funny at all.

The article How Readers Can Avoid Buying…

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3 thoughts on “Sticks and Stones

  1. I’ve read this, and have been considering a response. Jo beat me to it, although I’m not sure I would have bothered with it. It seemed to me like someone who was out to get attention by being deliberately provocative. I mean, if you check the comments, he’s clearly fishing Indie authors…

    • He definitely was. I wasn’t going to give him airtime, but I know that if I’d read that before I self-published it would have totally put me off, and I’d probably still be shopping to agents today, so I thought a response was a good idea this time. 🙂

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