By now you know just how important the work you do for the online reading romance community is.
Many of us are deeply outraged that you should incur any cost whatsoever due to what we believe is a vexatious lawsuit, the aim of which is not just to cause you stress and put you in a difficult financial position, but also to intimidate anyone else who has any knowledge that may prove the case you posit here, that Ellora’s Cave is indeed on shaky ground.
I am not the only one who admires your stance–you are putting forth the first $20,000 of the cost to defend yourself against this attempt by Ellora’s Cave to silence critic and intimidate authors, editors, cover artists, and anyone else who may have signed a contract with them for whatever work.
Through SBSarah, you have stated that, should the total cost of the suit be less than the
amount raised $20,000 of your own money you are putting aside, you’ll see that the remainder all the funds raised are returned to the donors¹. Again, a most admirable, ethical stance to take.
But see, many of us don’t want that money back. We consider your standing up to someone seeking to silence free people to be something you are doing for all of us. For every blogger who doesn’t want to be afraid every time s/he speaks about a movie, a book, a restaurant, a hotel, a car service. For every author who wants to know more about the publishing house s/he’s considering submitting to. For every freelance cover artist or editor seeking to work with the same.
You are upholding our right to speak. You are standing up for all of us.
And it’s utterly unfair that, on top of the stress, you should also bear the brunt of the financial cost of doing so.
I am asking those who agree with me on this to comment below, to add your names, and to let Jane know that we see the bigger picture here.
¹ Corrected, sorry about that. Also, per SBSarah, “If the cost of the suit is less than the total amount raised, she’ll donate the remainder to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund”