*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:
Her online alias is Wendy Darling (of Peter Pan, see picture.) This is what she hides behind. So, who is she really? Let’s see, shall we? When the whole episode went down, my friends decided to do a little digging. What did they find? Well …Wendy Darling is actually ##### who lives in #### with her husband, ######, and three cats (see picture below.) She has several blogs. ##### and #####. Email address: #####. In an article my friends found in The Hand Made News, Just For Fun, ##### talks about how the PW story “broke out” and about how she is “well equipped to take care of herself and has a huge circle of very vocal friends.” (Strangely enough, if you click the link, the article is no longer there …hmmm … so … that’s interesting.)
First of all, the story didn’t “break out,” as she claims. ##### called her friends at PW and had them publish it. Secondly, she admits to “taking care of herself” by sending her “very vocal friends” to help her out. Well, those friends of hers are not just vocal. They are stalkers, bullies, and trolls, commonly known on Goodreads as the GR bullies of the Trolls of Goodreads. I have even heard people call them the YA Mob. My friends call them predatory reviewers. I have had my own experience with them when I made a comment on an inappropriate review of a book I was interested in. The review was extremely author bashing, saying who the reviewer wanted to sue the author and how much she hated her. When I made that comment, I was attacked and then my books were by these people who left scathing revenge reviews. I have the whole thing documented on my blog here and here.
When I talk about these people, ##### and her friends , I’m not talking about all reviewers or bloggers. I’m talking about this small band of people who, as a reader and a reviewer, I consider to be a disgrace and an embarrassment to the reviewing community as a whole. I know many bloggers and reviewers who have witnessed the behavior of these people and who are just disgusted as I am by what they do. There is a reason why all the drama seems to circulate around them and not around other legitimate reviewers who write critical reviews of books. It is because of their attitudes and their behavior which I find unacceptable.
##### – edited out personal information.
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.