This is for those of you who want the Facts in regards to the latest Blogger incident—where I was slanderously attacked. The blogger has recently removed the post that was both libelous and atrocious in regards to my Deadpool Soap post which she regarded as being RACIST, only because she insinuated it was in reference to something it was not ( See original picture here). Instead of reaching out to me she decided to make a nasty post directly on her page not only attacking me but my fictional racism. Which I am not racist nor have I ever been.
Then she begins to state that my “Street Team”, which I don’t have, came to my defense. Which isn’t true. Yes, some of those who commented are my readers but they were completely respectful to her. Which I can’t say the same about her. Plus, there were at least 3 posts before I ever even learned about it that were from her ‘followers’ already stating it was about Deadpool- not the Pope. I wasn’t the first to defend myself nor the last in regards to the post.
To cut to the chase I Do have a clubhouse on Facebook. It is NOT a street team. Street Team definition is this- A street team is a term used in marketing to describe a group of people who 'hit the streets' promoting an event or a product.-- I have no one in my group that I ask to promote me. If they choose to do so that is fine and is their own choice. But my Clubhouse is a place for women to share about their lives and is rarely about me as a whole or as an author. It’s about them and US as a community—a Family. I never wanted a ‘Street Team’ because that isn’t the kind of author I wanted/want to be. I want to be someone who socializes with my readers and make friends—to gain a sisterhood. I guess no one can really understand that unless you’re a Sacred Sister yourself. But they’re not there to promote me. I hire someone to do that or use some pretty amazing bloggers as well.
For those who aren’t aware this isn’t my first experience with this particular blogger and her slanderous attacks- (and this in no way is connected with other bloggers I associate with. Everyone else has been supportive and fantastic.)
My 1st book in 2014 MC Chronicles Vol 1- I had sent out mass blogger messages about this book coming out. It was and always has been deemed as FICTION with aspects based in truth. When this book was sent as ARC’s to readers – HER being one who signed up for it… I was then emailed from a certain MC about their MC name that I had used in the book. It was a rookie mistake on my part when I hadn’t researched the name enough to make sure it wasn’t a legitimate one. Instead of her contacting me about this mishaps so I could correct it, said blogger contacted the MC themselves. I spoke with 2 of the clubs members one being the Prez and both were very understanding on the situation and thanked me for being ‘a class act’ since I rectified my mistake. Which I have clearly already taken responsibility for and changed the MC name to the Sacred Sinners instead. (There has been a post about this on my website for years.)
As this was all happening in 2014 I received multiple messages from my promotional company about this bloggers nasty emails claiming that I’m ‘plagiarizing’ and ‘coping other author’s stories’- (I saw the screen shots)- Which I’ve never done in any way. And my promotional company went to bat for me. They stood by me through it all. I couldn’t have made it without them. I truly mean that. It was my first book I’d published. I was new and they were so awesome through the major stress. Which is why I love them so damn much!
So you think that’s the end of it, right?...Wrong…
The blogger also decided to write a slanderous 1 star review not only about the Book but ME, too. How I was plagiarizing and all sorts of other malicious things. Well that review has actually been ‘modified’ at least twice since that time because she chose to remove parts and make it more about how awful the book is- and took out some of the defamation of character sections.
She did try to add one of the nastier versions her Vol 1 review to Amazon and it was removed within hours. Amazon’s policy clearly states they don’t allow those kinds of reviews. And even if you bring bad reviews to Amazon’s attention- doesn’t mean they will take them down. They don’t work that way. But in this case, they did—it violated their policy.
At one point, I made one attempt to respectfully contact this blogger myself in the form of a Goodreads message- it was left unanswered and her review then changed the day after about how I’d tried to ‘contact her’ and some more rude things about that.
That’s the end… right?
Nope… Not by a long shot.
Yes- I’ve blocked her from my regular Facebook page because I was contacted by someone in regards to her and others associated with her stalking me and my pages, and having people take screen shots to show her after she was blocked. I haven’t seen these shots or know anything more than that- but I took precautions to keep someone away from me who has done nothing but talk crap and slander me all over the place from day one.
She has also sought out my bad reviews on Amazon to make detailed comments on them, (on books she’s never read, nor has any intention of reading-I’m sure.)
It’s been over a year and it’s been a never-ending thing with this blogger. A blogger I have never spoken with (aside from respectfully standing up for myself on her page today). Never exchanged words with. Talked to. Or did anything to her, in any way shape or form. I let it go all go. I decided she wanted to stalk my pages. Fine. She wants to make even more nasty comments on my Amazon reviews. Fine. I refused to stoop to that level. To pointlessly argue with her or cause more drama with someone who doesn’t know me, has never spoken to me, or anything. I guess some people are the way they are and I can’t change that.
But then today happened… today when I had one of my loyal sister’s email me about this post the blogger made about my ‘racism’ which was a Deadpool post. One that made no sense and frankly seemed like a perfect way for her to attack me like she’s done multiple times already. Perhaps I was the next on the list of her authors to hate on. I’m not the first author she’s done this to and I won’t be the last. And she seems to hide behind the blanket ‘statement’ of her just being honest or Standing up for what’s right. When in reality- IMO- it’s just another excuse to cause drama to get more people to view her page or get their blood pumping. Some people get off on that kind of disrespectful behavior. I’m just not one of them.
As authors we’ve all had bad reviews. It comes with the territory. We have people talk shit. That’s what haters do- they hate. But this person has been at this on and off for over a year. I am not judging her. She is who she is. I don’t know her as a person, since we’ve never had a single conversation. I am just stating FACTS as to what has happened to me, because of her childish and ignorant actions. None of which I did anything to warrant. But there you have it… the TRUTH. The FACTS. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect. I’ll be the first to admit I have faults. But I also have Respect and Decency. I just wish I could say the same about others in the world. Sadly, I can’t.
P.S. Oh and I am fully aware she will probably start something after this post has been made. But after a year of this, I decided to speak out. People talk about bad author behavior all the time. And I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen it before. But there is Bad Blogger behavior as well and Blogger bullying. I’m not going to play victim because I’m not one. I’m just stating facts about what is happening in this Indie/Blogger community. Why can’t people spread the love and be positive? I don’t know. But there you have it… The Facts. Not blanketed by some crap ‘statement’ about what’s right and honest. No. It’s about Facts. Take it or leave it. But now you have it.
(provided below is picture of her pinned Facebook post that remained up for quite some time.)
She offered to remove it sooner in her comments- if I obliged her and note on my page that my Deadpool post had nothing to do with the POPE- But I refused and told her I wouldn't ask her to remove the post and I would not allow her to dictate what I would or wouldn't fix on my page. A few hours later and the post was removed.
- On another note I do have pictures and documentation based on the other Facts I stated above. But I did not post those pictures below.