.. and yes that headline is probably the most click baity thing I have ever used (apart from that article I wrote entitled *SEX*). But, I have so much I need to get off my chest. Stop writing? Me? Yeah right, I couldn't give up writing any more than I could give up breathing.
All Romance has gone tits up (official headline). And now, there is a paralysis that I see time and time again and I want to urge everyone to do one thing.
We can do this. Together we can keep going.
Seriously. Fuck 'em all, and keep writing, because otherwise *they* win.
This year we've had catfishing. Middle aged women pretending to be young gay men, or married gay men, or men, or, pretending to be 14 year old kids, or *insert whatever here*. These people have screwed authors over, hurt people, finagled money from fans. This isn't new, but too often the people who highlight their suspicions are shouted down. We all need to listen to each other more.
This year we've had authors setting up funding streams to enable them to write, or begging for free editing, cover art etc. (See the catfishing thing in reference). Also, what the fuck, a go fund me for medical help, yes, to support your writing? Nope.
This year we've had accusations of bi-erasure, and other letters that are being erased. In which a lot of authors, myself included, were pigeon holed as anti-bi, anti-ace, anti-everything. We're just writing as responsibly as we can for the readers who read us. And yes, god dammit, I am an ally.
This year we've had vile people on twitter starting wars against us. Idiots who love to posture and preen and tell everyone what we should think and what we should be writing. Like we care.
This year we've had anti-women-writing-MM-posts. Yep, this doesn't need any more explanation. Girls can't write MM. We see this raise it's ugly head every few months or so. Whatever, get over yourselves, I have girly bits, I write MM. Yep.
This year we've had plagiarism. I was way too close to one plagiarist this year who got all the way up to having her book taken on, edited, and cover-arted by DSP. Stealing is wrong, CL, and you bloody know it, cowbag-who-lied-to-my-face.
This year we've had publishers going tits up and taking all our money. EC, Torquere, and now ARe, not to mention everyone else who likes to screw authors over all the time. I'm down around $2000 to ARe, meh, it's nothing compared to the 60k Silver screwed me out of. But, I'm still here, so take that unscrupulous assholes, you won't destroy me!
This year we've had contracts auto-renewing and tying us in to publishers for two more years. Well, technically this happened in 2016 but it still annoys me to the point where I want to stab someone with a spoon, so I had to mention it. LOL.
This year we've had Sierra Riley. Or as I like to call them, the *Riley's*. A group of authors all writing under the pseudonym of Sierra Riley to game the KU bonus system and to lie every day to readers. Not to mention the latest thing where apparently Sierra Riley is eligible to be in the Goodreads MM author of the year award… kill me now.
This year we've had unscrupulous writers putting shit in KU and calling it writing. No wonder the rest of us are getting a bad rap.
Edited to add ** This year we've had stealing a popular author's name for their own crap writing. Thanks Chris Quinton for reminding me of this latest shitfest.
Do you see a pattern?
Seems to me that other authors are fighting every day to keep their heads above water, creatively, financially, emotionally.
So, should we stop writing now? Should we get mired in losing money to ARe? Should we allow it to take away what we love doing best?
Fuck no. Keep writing.
Are you reading this when you should be writing?
(Yes, I wrote this when I should be writing, but the anger is strong in this one).
Peace, and hugs, and all kinds of kisses.
*not edited *written while angry *sad *emotional *Send Chocolate *And Wine