By now the links have all made the rounds about the crazy Candance Sams who went off on a reviewer for daring to give a 1 star review of her book. For those that are new to the wankfest in Romancelandia, the link is HERE. It’s huge and continues on even 2 weeks later as the author just…won’t…shut…up. Even other authors jump in and tell her to chill but she continues to berate readers and reviewers for daring to disagree. The author even goes to considerable length blaming editors and saying authors have “scant” control over such things as scene placement and dialogue.
Yea, I thought that was called writing a book but whatever. This post isn’t about the craziness of one author. At this time I was talking with someone and wondered if Sams’ publisher knew what this author was doing.
So out of curiosity, I sent an email to the customer service at Love Spell. I basically gave them the link, asked if they were aware of the author’s actions and the ramifications it has on the publisher as a whole.
This is their reply:
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We always welcome the opportunity to listen to the comments, opinions and concerns of our readers, whether positive or negative.
As with most authors and publishers, Ms. Sams has opinions that may differ from our own. We have neither the time nor the manpower, nor quite frankly the right, to police these opinions. We like to think that comments posted online will be weighed with the merit they deserve. We appreciate the fact that readers may be wary of purchasing books by authors who engage in indecorous behavior in any forum. Please be assured that we neither solicit nor encourage any attack by our authors on readers or reviewers. We hope that you will judge each of our authors based on his or her own individual works.
Once again, thank you, Kassa, for taking the time to share your concerns. We value your opinion as a reader and appreciate your point of view.
Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!
Should publishers keep their authors from such behavior or let them hang themselves?
I’m not talking about publishers policing every single comment an author makes or even every wankfest that occurs but something of this magnitude has to be more than a blip on their radar, right?
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