Happy Wednesday. Jennifer the scribe, here. Usually I try to make my posts marketing related, and knowing that writers make up a large part of our audience, don’t use the Scribes blog to talk about myself, but about what writers do and how we do it. But, today’s an unusual post because over the weekend I was placed in an unusual set of circumstances.
If you receive the Romance Writer’s Report, you may have run across the ad I placed on behalf of my company, Market or Die Author Services. The ad was simple. It stated what my company offered and what our basic pricing structure looked like. A few weeks later, a friend notified me that a post about Market or Die popped up on Absolute Write Water Cooler, located in their beware and background check forum.
It wasn’t pretty.
Almost instantly Market or Die Author Services was cited as a scam and associated with Publish America (absolutely, not true!) My website was criticized for being too vague and ripping off poor, unsuspecting writers who should know better. Then, a few friends jumped in on the forum in my defense.
It only got worse. So much worse, that I can’t write about it, but you can read it for yourself here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259446
The Water Cooler forum went on to criticize my own personal webpage, my current employer and asking clients and friends, who posted on my behalf, to post their sales numbers as a result of working with me. And, when they didn’t….the form went on to criticize them in return.
Now, you might be asking yourself at this point why didn’t I jump in an fight my own battle? The truth is, I applied for a user name at Absolute Write so I could do just that. Access to the forum was never granted to me. Yet, the Peanut Gallery continued to spin their lies.
I now know how Obama must feel when he watches Fox News.
Suckerpunched, and deflated, I had no choice than to sit at my kitchen table and read the virtual mud ball fight happening before my eyes. So, now it’s my turn. Here’s a taste of your own medicine peanut gallery…let’s see how you like it.
To screen name: Kahzarkhum, please stop wasting your time on absolute write and go write something of substance. Although, now that I think of it, you’re probably writing on the forum because you can’t write anything of substance. Lord knows, you can’t use a mouse and do research or you would have known your subject matter prior to your initial post.
To screen name M.T. Logue – Wow, you’re really internet brave, hiding behind that screen name. How’s the view from the cheap seats in the peanut gallery? To answer your question, increasing the number of likes on an FB ad gets you need people to engage with. Any writer who has a concept of marketing will tell you FB likes does not equal sales. Please do your research so you do not continue to embarrass yourself. Your comments were cruel and hurtful. I hope someone treats you as you have treated me one day.
To anyone who has ever been internet bullied, I feel your pain. To those who haven’t consider yourself lucky.