You know, seeing all the madness go down on twitter for the past few days has been…well, let’s say it’s been a fine example of
holy shit, what the actual fuck, Batman!!!
I mean, you think you’ve reached the bottom of the pit, then you look down and see a publisher celebrating a group of assholes who have both doxxed readers and encouraged online trolls to do actual harm to them. The same group of assholes, one might add, that have harassed one of said publisher’s own authors.
But there’s more–isn’t there always more where Ellora’s Cave and Tina Engler/Jaid Black are concerned?
Effective use of company promo dollars, yes?
Wait, you say, what does that have to do with Tina Engler/Jaid Black? (other than the fact that she’s the owner of the company that is suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for collating the facts about the shoddy running of Ellora’s Cave and speculating to the reasons and the potential outcome of that) Well, it’s actually pertinent, when you see TE/JB’s reaction when the tweet from Ellora’s Cave official account is pointed to her (screenshot):
Yes, because the professional–and grown up–thing to do is to continue to alienate your authors with passive-aggressive behaviour, while claiming not to be responsible for, or having knowledge of, “someone” posting from your company’s official account.
(There is not enough “what the fuck??” for this shit)
Then we have this conversation with the Nut:
For the love of..!!!
By the way, you are forgiven for thinking this is all an elaborate prank. Sadly, it’s all too true.
Sitting here staring at the screen, I’ve almost reached the point where this seems feasible:
But frankly? I don’t think the person¹ behind the Nut is that smart. Any trolling it accomplishes is accidental.
On the plus side of the ledger, the Dear Author/Jane Litte defense fund continues growing. Problematic as GoFundMe is, I’m glad to see that people continue to be invested in defending free speech and burying assholes who seek to bully readers and bloggers into silence.
Shit. After working on this for an hour, I check twitter and I see this link from Deidre Saoirse Moen.
Fuck it, I’m posting it all the same 😛 (Great minds think alike and all that jazz, yes?)
And, again in case the account or more individual tweets are deleted, here’s the screenshot:
¹ Yes, I went there.