Ah, what a start to 2016 in the bookish world, no? On the precipice of the new year, I saw many goals and resolutions. Zero of them said that anyone wanted more drama and nonsense. So I assume we’d like to avoid these things going forward, right? Right. I figured that though I generally try to stay out of such nonsense, that since I found myself involved in some of this, I might as well just put forth some advice.
Thing # 1: The Catfisher Debacle
If you happened to be living in a cave this week, and somehow missed this huge freaking mess, I am going to send you over to Jon @ Bookish Antics. He broke this story, and I’m going to leave the gory details to him and Publishers Weekly. I think it was really quite brave and kind of Jon to post this- to alert us- and I want to thank him again for sharing it.
Because the day after Jon’s post went up and I freaked out on Twitter about falling for it too… my package arrived. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I went from complete meltdown (“Holy crap, this loon knows where my children live!”) to singing Kumbaya around the fire with other bookish folks in the matter of a half an hour. You all calmed me when I needed to be rational. And Jon’s post gave me the warning I needed so I didn’t freak out when the package arrived.
Because not one single person would have believed that this was from Penguin:
(You can open the images in a new tab to see bigger versions- also, it’s hard to tell from the picture, but Suspicion, is not only not a new book, but it is stained and very clearly used. Gross.)
So, with that in mind, I figured this would be Number One in my Dos and Don’ts of simple human interaction! In case someone still doesn’t understand why stealing someone’s personal information and impersonating an employee of a major publishing house isn’t bad. (Yes, people have said that. What even?)
Thing #2: ALL the Plagiarism
This isn’t new, but it is rampant. We ended the year with a big old scandal, and from the looks of some tweets I have seen, we are starting the year with some dandy new ones. And really, can this not be a thing? I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t want to write stuff. So if you don’t want to review books… don’t review books? Done and done. It has made me paranoid I think- something that I don’t want or need in my life. So you know, don’t.
Thing #3: General Assholery
Look, this isn’t new, and it isn’t exclusive to the bookish community. But I am just annoyed by it, as decent people are. I have seen a few people I know and admire in the community fall victim to this- both bloggers and authors from both bloggers and authors. Apparently, assholery doesn’t discriminate?
Bottom line: Can we get this out of our systems now? Because I love this community. My gratitude for the support after the catfish thing is one of the reasons why. Among like, 726 other awesome things that happen here every day. Basically…