Scandal in Romancelandia
By Marie on Mar 27th, 2015
- Her being a writer is the exact opposite of what Dear Author stands for, to be for readers by readers. - Jane has always been about transparency and full disclosure when it came to other authors and was critical about potential conflicts in cases of authors working as reviewers. However, in her own case she abandoned those principles. - Under her pen name, Jane allegedly befriended & networked with other authors who would have never interacted and shared their knowledge with her had they known that she was Jane Litte from Dear Author. - The disclosure should have been made before people started contributing to the Ellora's Cave law suit legal fund. Knowing that they were not just defending a blogger against a publishing company, but a bestselling author with a movie deal who is a self-publisher to boot, might have made a difference in their decision making. Soon after, SBTB's Sarah clarified her knowledge of the situation and point of view on her blog. For a contrary take on all this by an anonymous author click here. In a way, I am not surprised that a community that delights in romantic drama will sometimes create its own dramatic narratives. However, joking aside, when I was reading all the different reactions in the comments of the aforementioned blog posts I was struck by the depth of emotion that came across. The pure level of hurt and disappointment, the fear that this disclosure and subsequent fallout will change the spirit of the romance community and might rip the already existing rift between authors, readers & bloggers wide open is disheartening to witness. Readers seem to feel betrayed. Authors are concerned about the violation of their private spaces. Bloggers compare Jane's actions with their own code of conduct. Then there are those who don't consider themselves to be wronged at all, neither as readers, writers or bloggers. To be honest, I would not be able to tell you on which side I am on. I have read compelling arguments from all sides. I can understand why people are angry, or don't feel affected at all. But you know what? Conflicts don't necessarily require positioning, sometimes you can just be upset that they broke out in the first place. Considering the fighting that already takes place all over the blogs and comment sections, it certainly seems that right now there are no winners at all in this situation.