Monday Mumblings Has A Conspiracy Theory
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Conspiracy theories seem to be all the rage these days, from politics to
publishing. The latest concerns a so-called "YA Mafia," that apparently
has the power to block aspiring writers who post bad reviews of YA
books from publication. That's right: say you don't like a book and
you'll never work in this town again.
Horsefeathers. (Feel free to replace "feathers" with the word of your choice.)
A few links:
Holly Black's take on the whole thing.
Stacia Kane suspects someone completely mistook one of her posts on the topic.
John Scalzi is full of win, as usual.
Jane at Dear Author weighs in and comments ensue.
There are more links from those sites if you want to follow more of the tale.
My take? Yes, you should be professional in your dealings, because it's
the thing to do. When you write a review, be honest, but don't tear the
author apart. If you can't write the review without being personal,
perhaps you should reconsider whether or not you should be writing the
review at all. But above all, what Stacia Kane said. You don't burn
your bridges. And what Scalzi said. Writers don't have time to go
crushing the careers of aspiring authors. And even if they did, it
Hey, it's a tough business, and you have to grow a thick skin. I can't
think of a single writer who hasn't had a stinging review about their
work. When that happens to me, I have two choices. I can shrug it off,
or I can feel hurt, go consume a vast amount of chocolate, and then
shrug it off. (Someone mentioned the same thing in the comment thread to
Also, I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I still didn't take some
things personally. I know I shouldn't. But when you invest a lot of your
time, effort, and sweat into a project, it's hard not to separate your
ego from the finished work. And this is one reason it's convenient to
believe in conspiracy theories.
But trust me, they're not out to get you.
My cats, on the other hand... (I said I had a conspiracy theory!)
Hey, if you have cats, you KNOW what I mean. They conspire against you.
They leave "gifts" in the worst possible places. They watch you clean
the box, then wait until the doorbell is about to ring before they go do
their business and pretend to be startled by the sound of the doorbell,
leaving your guest to wonder if you ever clean the box at all.They KNOW
when your alarm is set to go off and come in and wake you half an hour
early. They're plotting to take over the word, I tell you.
You KNOW it's true. Look! I have the proof:
(This is Geek Kitty. I protest the allegations that Human Woman has made.
The Kitty Cabal Abby and I are merely showing our respect for humans. Look into my eyes. You WILL believe me...)
I apologize. There is no conspiracy theory. Pardon me while I go shower the cats with Treats.
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