Now that we have that out of the way I am going to switch to a significantly less sexy topic. When should an author go “public” with a grievance against a publisher? We’ve all seen it happen, the WTF? moment when an author exposes the evil empire for its heinous behavior. Most times, what is revealed is truly terrible and the evil empire deserves to be scrutinized, pointed at, and generally ridiculed prior to experiencing a mass exodus of readers and authors.
But, I ask you, when is the right time to execute such a strategy? It seems that there are other options that must first fail. Emails. Phone calls. Letters. Possibly an attorney. This is a business relationship wherein communication is the key. I like to think that most writers will not resort to airing the dirty laundry until it is an absolute last resort. I would also like to think that most publishers will conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Now, should a writer post about their experiences with a publisher in the appropriate forum? Sure. Any author should feel free to share their experience (positive or negative) in writer’s forums and other similar venues. I don’t think this sharing should spill over into the reader arena unless something truly evil is going on. It is one thing to talk to other writers who work for that publisher, to other writers in general, but to possibly damage a businesses reputation with their consumer is a big step, and should be treated as such.
So, I hope that those of us who write can be objective enough to know when is the right time to hit “Publish” on that scathing post about the evil empire, and when we should go call our best gal pals or grab our significant others and have a good long rant/cry/bitch/moan/wail/complain session. The truth is, those kinds of episodes can reflect equally as badly on ourselves as the evil empire if we aren’t careful.
*climbs off soapbox* So, just because the post title says “Hunks” and not hunk, here’s some more sexy to kick-off your weekend. Your welcome.