The plot, it thickens (EC v DA)

5 Oct

(still updating long-ass list of links at the end of this post)

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorAs some of you may know, there are actual discussion forums somewhere in the bowels of Yeah, who knew, right? Anyway, at some point last week a thread was started to discuss the defamation suit that Ellora’s Cave filed against Dear Author.

At some point in the discussion, one of the commenters decided to list all the authors who have so far contributed to the DA/JL defense fund, with a note to buy books by those authors via their amazon listings.

Interestingly, a large number of those donors are not EC authors and some of them are not authors at all.

Yesterday, a newly minted twitter account was created. At first, it was simply Pub Net (@pubnt), but it soon added the tag, “Scouts for Publisher Protection. Not associated with Ellora’s Cave.”

PubNet - potential sockpuppet - 5

PubNet - potential sockpuppet - 6

I mean, because those  poor, poor, prosecuted publishers! Clearly, they need self-appointed vigilantes, they are victimized so!

Just as clearly, any self-appointed publisher protector worth its salt must specify just which one publisher they are absolutely not associated with.


At any rate, the Nut Pub started tweeting the link to that list, using the #notchilled hashtag, with dire warnings to many of the bigger publishing houses about how the authors listed were “suing a publisher” and urging publishers to blacklist them. A second round of tweets, complete with “ETA” and use of all caps, clarified that the authors were “PARTICIPATING” in a suit against a publisher.

How exactly donating to someone’s legal fund means the donors are party in the suit itself escapes me, but then certain people’s logic is anything but.

And let’s not even get into who is suing who, or how stupid someone at any of the big publishing houses would have to be not to catch on–by, say, reading the title of the discussion on the top of the page–to the fact that Nut Pub got it all ass-backwards.

It is my not-humble opinion that Nut Pub is a poorly disguised sockpuppet account by TE/JB or someone else intimately linked to either TE/JB or Ellora’s Cave, and that the tweets–which anyone with two working brain cells knows going in would be ignored by the big publishing houses–are aimed at, once more, intimidating EC authors into keeping quiet.

One cool thing about crowdfunding sites? A working credit card is all that’s required to donate, and those sites are pretty happy about protecting the anonymity of the donors. If one has the time to scroll down a few pages back on the donors list for the Dear Author/Jane Litte legal defense fund, one can easily see that the anonymous donors, and those donating under screen names, heavily outnumber those donating under their own names or their author brand.

Therefore, trying to scare them into keeping quiet will still not stop them from helping Jane out, both by donating and by speaking out elsewhere. They do have choices, and they can explore them–Courtney Milan is but one of the people willing to help them (see a note about confidentiality clauses).

As someone noted on Twitter, shortly after the Nut started tweeting, there was an uptick on donations. Friday, after the fund was announced, almost $40,000 were raised during the course of the one day. By Saturday evening, the fund was closing in on $45,000. I’m pretty sure the romance reading, writing, and blogging community online will soon reach the $50,000 goal.

As Jennifer at BookShelfery said, “Gosh, Tina, I hope that bullet hole in your foot doesn’t hurt too badly.”

13 Responses to “The plot, it thickens (EC v DA)”

  1. Jennifer @ BookShelfery 05/10/2014 at 1:24 PM #

    And really, who are they kidding? The big 5 don’t give a shit. It affects them nil, so if a bunch of authors contribute to the defense of a blog that has given them free press over the years, what do they care? PR or an agent might tell some of the rowdier bunch to settle down, but that would be the extent of it. Pubs are in this to make $$$ and supporting the defense of a frivolous lawsuit against a blogger isn’t going to make them part with the authors that write the stories for them.

    Man, JB, she so cray.

  2. azteclady 05/10/2014 at 2:32 PM #

    As someone just said on twitter, “stupid is as stupid does”

    Jennifer L Armentrout (not to be confused with similarly spelled author names), just posted her take on the whole Nut Pub bit.

    In the meanwhile, the sockpuppet is doxxing Jane Litte on twitter. I don’t much believe in happy endings in real life–the assholes of the world rarely get the full measure of karma they earn–but boy, how I hope this comes back to the batshitcrazy vicious troll a hundred percent.

  3. Lori 05/10/2014 at 3:57 PM #

    The crazy, it hurts.

  4. azteclady 05/10/2014 at 4:25 PM #

    So Nut Pub is not just doubling, but trippling down:

    The internet is ready though:

    • bamaclm 05/10/2014 at 9:47 PM #

      How do I miss all this??

      I’ll tell you how – I’m a twitter idiot. Can’t figure the damn thing out, and I went back to it because of this crock o’ shit. I can’t keep up with all the crazy! When the lawsuit is won, someone should write a book!

      Thank you, AL for keeping up with the links for idiots like me. ♥

      • azteclady 05/10/2014 at 9:52 PM #

        You are so very welcome.

        As it is, I’m behind on everything because I’m not on Twitter myself, but this whole thing is so utterly outrageous, I’m happy to sift and search.

  5. Estara Swanberg 06/10/2014 at 4:00 PM #

    And they got 50K now, also this was one of the last donations I saw just now:

    @Pubnt Pub Net
    1 hour ago
    I’ve had a change of heart… Courtney Milan scares me. #Chilled

    Which is when I searched for this and came across your blogpost ^^. And now I know what’s happening.

    • azteclady 06/10/2014 at 4:07 PM #

      Whomever the Nut Pub is, they should absolutely be scared of Ms Milan. She knows her shit, hear her roar!


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