Great post! The thing that bothers me is that so many of these issues are written off as “indie drama.” And, like Maegan says, some of the issues that, at first, get a ton of attention eventually fade away when people get bored with it. In the case of #cockygate, it’s something that concerns ALL writers.
I’ve followed some of Suzan Tisdale’s posts and she’s done a great job keeping everyone informed and keeping these important issue in the limelight. I hate to see her being targeted, but I’m not surprised by it and I don’t think she is either. It’s just a shame that most of the scammers and cheaters out there continue to get away with their schemes. Thank you to Maegan, Suzan, and all the other authors out there who aren’t afraid to speak out for the benefit of us all.
I honestly didn’t realize how long I’d been in the world of self-publishing until recently. I hadn’t realized exactly how much craziness I’ve witnessed, or what I thought I’d missed during my absence the last few years. But, here we are again. The fight against sock puppets, book stuffing, and scams has come flooding back. It’s the same old game, just with better graphics.
When I first joined the community towards the end of 2012, all of this craziness seemed so new and intense. I worked with authors and bloggers, and posted about everything from piracy, to bullying, and everything else that felt so immediate at the time.
In February of 2013, I have my first exposure to an author that took bad reviews as bullying and I blogged about it here. That author went on to create 2 sock puppet accounts using the exact same email username just…
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