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Mesg #91568 "Worse than the Author's Big Mistake"
Author gilroy     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via ICQ
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Date Mon Sep-17-12 09:32 AM
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Have you heard of the author's big mistake? That's when you have a bad reaction to a bad review.

http://www.writerswrite.com/blog/91520121

I'd say this link is infinitely worse than the big mistake, since the guy was reacting to a rejection.

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Mesg #91599 "RE: Worse than the Author's Big Mistake"
Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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I had a couple nasty emails over rejections I sent out, too. These people are way over the top.

But it's pretty stupid to advertise exactly where you are at all times. Any one can track you for any reason, and it doesn't have to have any sort of cause and effect like a rejection. There are people out there who do things just because they can.

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Agreed. I use social media - but I usually tell people where I went or what I did after I get back home. It's like advertising to would-be burglars - hey I'm not home, and according to FB, I'm 6 hours away from my house. HAVE AT IT!

i grew up in NY. I've *been* stalked. People will take advantage. There are more good people than bad people in the world, I believe that with all my heart - but for the few troublemakers who will take something you intend for enjoyment and turn it against you... bad bad bad. /shakes finger/

Ok, rant done.

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Author Wandering Author     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Tue Sep-18-12 03:30 PMby Wandering Author

I agree that it is far from wise to advertise where you are all the time. I'd never recommend anyone do that. Period.

That said - this is pathetic. I was hoping at first this might have come from the Onion, and everyone missed it. Because otherwise, it's ridiculous. A nasty, insulting e-mail might be unwise, but I can at least understand how someone could lose their head and hit Send in a moment of misery. Even those of us who never do that to editors and agents have probably done something similar with someone. But this guy took his time, planned this out - and attacked someone, injured her (and who knows how far he would have taken it if not for the dog - good dog ) all because she wouldn't be his agent?

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I agree entirely.

The weird thing, with everyone trying to link all your social sites together, it makes things even worse. Now, they don't have to check fifty pages to find you, they only need to look at one.

In fact, I made a post once "Why are we worried about privacy when everyone posts it on facebook within minutes of finding out anyway?"

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