*ETA Keira Cass was not the author attacking Wendy Darling. The author attacking Wendy Darling is a self-published author. Since we do not use her name or reference the title of her book on this site, we simple refer to her as the nickname she’s been given: Vanity. *
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, but it’s just sickening enough that you wish it were.
There is a vanity author, nicknamed Vanity, who has taken the ultimate step of bad author behaviour. By making the real identity known, and publishing personal details for, Goodread’s reviewer – Wendy Darling.
In a blog post, posted on the 29th of May 2012, Vanity author goes on a rampage, ranting about reviewers and personally attacking Wendy Darling:
In January this year, Vanity created multiple sockpuppet accounts on Goodreads and used them to:
1) Bully and harass Goodreaders.
2) Inflate the ratings of her own book and post overtly positive, fake reviews:
3) Give one star retaliatory ratings to another author’s book, as can be seen here:
In February Goodreads took actions and deleted this author and all 27 of her accounts.
Seven later returned in April to harass reviewers again but were once again clearly violating Goodread’s TOS and removed.
Publishing personal information about a reviewer, whether or not you agree with them, is above and beyond behaviour that anyone could find acceptable.
Authors, reviewers, book-bloggers and readers can all find a cause to be disgusted with this behaviour. Lying, creating fake accounts, attacking reviewers/bloggers both on her blog and in her Amazon reviews are all steps that are above and beyond appropriate behaviour. She is the bully she has accused Wendy Darling of being.
UPDATE: Wendy Darling has broken her silence over The Selection debacle here.