One of the quirks in my personality is the fact that I will remember forever the way that people treat me or friends of mine.
If you’re an author and you behave badly on Twitter or a public internet space, I will remember and it will make me much less likely to read you. I don’t read Alice Hoffman anymore because of her Twitter meltdown.
But then there are the authors who have been mean to friends of mine.
I’m going to be a lot more subtle about this because it’s not a part of the public record and frankly, they’ve already proven to be jerks and I don’t particularly enjoy ire aimed at me. :)
One left a nasty comment on a blogger friend of mine’s post. This is an author of both YA and adult fiction; at least one movie has been made based on her books and she’s achieved a pretty high level of fame due to a certain former talk show host’s book club. (Note: It is NOT Elizabeth Berg, who is lovely and who doesn’t write YA fiction…but since the other clues fit, I thought I’d make sure you knew that.)
The other wrote an incredibly snarky blog post and, when a friend of mine pointed out that said post was not necessarily the best idea, author updated the blog post and blasted my friend (including posting her Twitter handle). She’s since removed that part of the post. This is a very popular YA author who has won at least one prestigious award.
I enjoyed the first author’s books until she was rude to my friend. I haven’t read one since. I only read the first book the second author wrote and didn’t particularly care for it. (It was not a book she’d won an award for, so I don’t know for sure that I would’ve bought any of her other books, but I know for a fact that I won’t now.)
Some may think I’m being petty. Second author has done at least one nice thing that I know of (and being so, so vague now; sorry) and I do kind of want to support her for that. But at the same time, the thought of giving her any of my money, EVER, kind of makes me want to curl into the fetal position. And I know for a fact that I can’t review her books fairly AT ALL. (I have a minimum of a two-star deduction for being a wretched human being and as far as I’m concerned, she is.)
I don’t necessarily need authors to be nice to me in order to read their books. (Maureen Johnson, for example, has never responded to any of my Tweets to her and I still read her books and plan to keep on doing so.) But I will never give money to any author who has been horrible on the internet. There are too many awesome authors to support instead.
How about you? Does behavior like this make you avoid the author?