This week in Buzz Worthy News: Terry Goodkind has been on the warpath naming and shaming a pirate, Neil Gaiman signs a five book deal with HarperCollins and will be penning a prequel to the much beloved Sandman, a Twilight fan was killed at Comic Con, Anne Rice talks Erotica and, as always, there are scandalous scandals.
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly Monday post featuring the hottest book world news and blogging community’s scandals. For Young Adult releases and fantastic cover reveals, check out our weekly Friday post, Hot New Titles.
Book World News
Piracy? Not on Terry Goodkind’s Watch
The past two weeks have been eventful for Goodkind. Under some scrutiny, Goodkind decided to self-publish his new novel The First Confessor in a special ebook format. The book was heavily pirated and thus Goodkind took steps on his Facebook page to publicly shame one of the culprits – posting his photo and details. He also, apparently, released the following statement:
“So Josh, how about it — no respect for a hard-working author and fellow racing enthusiast? Not even for someone that is emphatically trying to reach out to people that might consider pirating our hard work? Can’t be bothered to read and consider our note on piracy in the front of the book?”
“How ironic you claim to be a fan of books that uphold truth and honour above all else. We hope the price of fame is worth the cost of your infamy.”
Sandman, one of the more popular Graphic Novels of the last thirty years will see a sequel provided that the Guardian isn’t lying in order to see the crushed faces of millions to fuel their paper copiers. The decision to continue the story of Morpheus, Dream, as a miniseries prequel was announced at Comic Con this week.
The prequel will be illustrated by JH Williams.
Unfortunately, there are forces at work keeping fans at a distance from the Sandman Prequel. HarperCollins has conspired with Gaiman to keep him busy writing five illustrated children’s books about a Panda, Chu, with a very big sneeze.
Aw! Cute! Of course we forgive you, HarperCollins.
After more than 800 letters of commentary were received on the ebook pricing settlement.
The Department was supposed to post all letters received by the 25th June.
Bob Kohn, CEO of Royalty Share, wrote to Judge Cote to complain that the DOJ’s failure to post and respond to the letters violates Federal Antitrust rules.
However, the letters should be posted by the 20th July.
A fifty-three year old New Yorker, Gisela Gagliardi, was killed at Comic Con this year while waiting out for a Twilight panel.
Gagliardi had been waiting out in line early to ensure a spot for the Twilight panel when she fell out of line and was hit by a car driven by a 67 year old man.
Some are suggesting that the event organizers could be held responsible for the death though it appears that they were taking steps to control the crowd.
Inspired by the massive sales of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anne Rice has come out to say that women have just as much right to sexy, naughty-no-no times as men!
The article focuses on Anne Rice’s previous erotic novels such as her Sleeping Beauty retellings which are being republished by Penguin.
“As a feminist, I’m very much supportive of equal rights for women in all walks of life. And that includes for me the right of every woman to write out her sexual fantasies and to read books filled with sexual fantasies that she enjoys,” says Rice.
But in a day and age where you can get monster porn, cowboy porn, historical porn, fantasy porn, lactation porn, foot porn…
There’s a lot of erotica out there, but it’s great that things are changing and I can enjoy my ankle-slapping erotica without any shame.
Elizabeth Fama, author of Monstrous Beauty, wrote a blogpost, Kill My ARC, that caused some controversy this week.
The post focused on how Fama was angered at how some bloggers dispose of unwanted ARCs.
1. I don’t want my ARC to go to a small used bookstore in your neighborhood.
2. I don’t want my ARC to go to a struggling public library for anything but collection development purposes.
And here’s the kicker that may make me seem like a horrible beast:
3. I don’t want a deserving teenager—even one who is underprivileged, owns no other books, and who devotedly helped with his library’s collection development—to be given my ARC as a gift.
The post caused some controversy on Twitter and generated discussion between bloggers over the legitimacy of Fama comments.
“THIS BOOK MAY NOT BE USED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE OR TRANSFERRED TO ANY THIRD PARTY!Which happens to be the sort of admonishment we’ve all seen printed directly on ARCs, leading me to ask, What part of those statements isn’t clear?”
“Edit for clarity: I’ve removed a line in this post that was inadvertently offensive to bloggers regarding the transferring of ARCs to third parties. It seemed to imply that I believed sharing ARCs among reviewers before the pub date was wrong. In fact, I believe the point of ARCs is to be circulated for review and buzz, before the release date, and as long as the publisher hasn’t expressly asked the reviewer not to circulate it.”
Stop The Goodread’s Bullies Wankathon
We here at Cuddlebuggery acknowledge that, in pretty much every online community, there’s going to be a certain amount of wank. It’s a natural part of online interactions. For a lot of people wank is fun, wank is great. Everyone enjoys a good wank.
And with rampant wankery in mind, we present to you Stop The Goodread’s Bullies website.
The site, profiling Kat Kennedy, Lucy, The Holy Terror and Ridley was set up anonymously by four personalities, aimed to harass and humiliate Goodreaders that the site’s owner considers bullies.
Personal details such as their names, cities, families, workplaces/situations etc were posted as well as allegations about their sex lives, drinking and childrearing (my children are reared! What more can you ask?) were also commented on in the posts and comments as well as various threats made against the reviewers. And whilst the site managed to get many of those details wrong, it got enough right to cause an outrage in the community.
I responded here in order to set some facts straight.
Banners for several bullying organizations were displayed on the site without the permission of the organizations. At least one of those organizations sought legal advice and others publicly distanced themselves.
The anti-bullying banners were soon removed from the site
The person behind the STGRB was interviewed by Kenya and Alicia on their blog.
The inclusion of a recommended reading list of authors added to the site without their permission was also a point of drama. Did the authors on the site support it? Were they affiliated. Whilst some probably were, others such as Rachel Vincent were not:
I don’t know why my books are included in the sidebar of that site.
I was not notified of their inclusion by the site’s owners. If my CP hadn’t told me, I still wouldn’t know.
I do not know who the owners are.
I was not asked to join the site.
I am not affiliated with the site in any way.
And I do not support any site that would in any way threaten someone’s private home life, especially the safety or privacy of their children. That is a line I will never cross.
The list of recommended authors has since been removed.
The whole controversy created a lot of posts, too many to go into details so we’ll just list them here:
Stacia Kane’s Avenging WTFuckery
Meljean Brook’s Stockphoto of the Day Angry Grandma
Gossamer Obsession’s In All Seriousness
Smart Bitches’ A Few Words of Reviews and Reviewing Bullshit
Parajunkee’s BB101 The Shit Stops Here
Thankfully the drama is mostly over now and people are getting back to their regularly scheduled reading, blogging and writing. Although, if anyone is struggling to do that, Gossamer Obsession blog has also posted an excellent and informative article on Responding to Negative Reviews Dos and Don’ts.