Yesterday, over at Karen Knows Best, I blogged about yet another Ellora’s Cave author who is asking her readers not to purchase the books she still has with that publisher, because she hopes to get the rights to her work back.
In her post she tells her story with this oh so shitty publisher–all without mentioning them by name, which kind of leaves me pondering¹–and then posts all her Ellora’s Cave’s covers.
So far, I’m nodding my head–good for her, finally speaking up for herself, and good luck on that.
Until I read the paragraph right below the covers.
Then, I saw red:
If it were me, I’d see these titles, close my eyes and flick on past them. Because buying them is equivalent to knowing little Asian toddlers are sewing your underwear 12 hours a day and losing fingers in the sewing machines.
Seriously? Are you fucking kidding me?
You are a writer, Ms Petrova, couldn’t you come up with a different image? Something that shows, oh I don’t know, some sense of perspective?
After sitting there for a few minutes, fairly speechless, I posted the following comment:
I had hoped that Ms Petrova would at the very least acknowledge my comment, and perhaps remove the offending sentence. In the 24 hours since, she has replied to other comments–the most enthusiastically supportive, for what I can see–but the sentence remains, and my comment remains unacknowledged.
I am now blogging about it here because this is an example of people being called out on insensitive, racist behaviour, and ignoring it. “Oh, she’s over sensitive.” “She’s making a fuss over nothing.” “It’s just words.”
Yeah, it’s just words–and words are a writer’s most basic tools. And unguarded words often reveal a person’s innermost beliefs and unquestioned convictions.
Em Petrova/Hallie Knight is another author I won’t read.
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Edited to add: here is what this writer is comparing her situation vis a vis EC, with: Iqbal Masih, a debt-slave who was ‘owned’ for over half his life, and murdered at 12 years of age, because he dared speak to other children about the illegality of their enslavement by factory owners.
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¹ I am pondering if she’s hoping not to draw TE/JB’s wrath by not mentioning the company by name. Posting the covers, which have the publisher name in large, and easily recognizable, font, kind of makes that stupid. If she really didn’t want to ‘name names,’ she should have limited herself to listing the titles. But then, what do I know, right?