Social Media & You

omgWhen something is released on the internet, no matter how hard you try to delete or hide it, it is there forever. Scary thought, that something you said two hours or two years ago could suddenly resurface and cause ripples in your life; you career; your friendships. But it happens. Sometimes its seemingly minor things, other times it’s something that created a lasting impact (or could if/when it resurfaces) – But chances are, if you’ve put it out on social media, someone has seen it or taken a screen-shot of the offence.

The average person can live their lives using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with little to no interaction with the larger world, and rarely run into any backlash. Authors, movie stars, reality TV stars – do not have that luxury in life.

Last May I posted about the issue regarding a 1-star review on Goodreads and how the author took it upon herself to track the reviewer down, and harass them. Even now, 14 months later, this particular incident is still making waves, and dividing authors, readers, and the publishing world.

Earlier this week, one of my favourites authors posted on Twitter about a YA author who was verbally attacking, harassing and belittling the 16-year-old author of this post. You might recognize the name of the writer, as she is the one who penned the ‘John Green, YA Authors & Rape Culture’ piece for the Huffington Post in 2015. I started reading the threads – it spawned many – with the hope that perhaps the author would see the error of her ways and apologize to the young woman for the multiple statements.

Instead, I witnessed what I can only describe as a dumpster fire of racist commentary, excuses, and an exorbitant amount of self-victimization (on the part of the YA author).

In short, I watched as this author ruined her career.

It’s a bold statement to say that she ruined her career by doing what she did, but I am not the first. Many other authors, editors, publishers, readers and reviews lashed out on Twitter for the commentary she made. What started out as commentary by the above people to defend Camryn Garrett, and the necessity of her article, turned into begging and pleading with the YA author to stop her commentary, and listen to what was being said. At one point, the author cried foul, saying her Twitter account had been hacked. At another point, she apologized to Camryn for her actions and to those following the unfolding saga, and that she would reflect on her actions.

That lasted at most, 14 hours.

The next day, the conversation continued, as people were waking up to see what had transpired overnight. I went about my life, preparing for work and accomplishing my tasks for the day. And then it all went downhill. I would assume the author got fed up with people constantly flooding her mentions about the incident, and she lashed out for a second time – crying foul that people hadn’t gotten over it; re-stating her opinions from the previous evening and generally, making things worse than they already were. The backlash, not surprisingly, was swift & harsh – to the point that the author deleted her Twitter and disappeared.

But the damage was done.

I lost count at the amount of people who were involved that also work in the writing world – publishers, editors, bloggers, other authors – who dragged and mocked the author for her behaviour, and promised her that she had made an impression on them – But not the impression she wanted. A few even went as far as to say that they would never work with her. While the threat was never outwardly stated (at least from what I saw), I’d make the assumption that this (like the author stalking the blogger incident) has made its way around the YA world, and the author will never be published.

Sometimes, especially living in an instant gratification world, we forget that our actions have consequences. Everyone says things they regret at some points in their lives – We’ve all done terrible things. It’s our responses to those terrible things that show how we learn from our mistakes. This is obviously a drastic case of how things can go terribly wrong for you, in 140 characters or less. Be conscious that there could be someone watching – especially if you have plans to delve into the publishing world.

For a further summary on the events, check out Jenny Trout’s website for more information.

Welcoming Shannon!

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to give you all another update. Unfortunately, Autumn has had a death in the family and will be taking some time away from the blog. Although we are going to miss her, we are sending her our love and well wishes. We will be more than happy to have her back when she is feeling up to it.

As for me, I have a beautiful 2 month old boy now. He is happy, healthy and finally sleeping enough to give me reading time! My brain is getting back to a solid form and I can’t wait to get back on track here. I have spent some time this morning updating my Goodreads page – the leafmarks update will happen shortly – so feel free to check it out if you want to see what I’ve been reading lately!

Now, to help me get the blog back on track I have invited along another friend of mine. Her name is Shannon. I am hoping to have Shannon up and ready to go in the next week so you should all keep your eyes open and ready for her reviews. She is a very enthusiastic reader and is also expecting her first baby so we should be able to have a lot of cool things coming for you.

Here is a quick intro for you all. I have known Shannon for a few years now when we met working at a local book store. Although our career paths have taken us to different opportunities we have remained friends and are always discussing/sharing our book recommendations. We tend to have similar tastes in books but look for different things when we are reading a book. I seem to be a lot more technical, looking for grammar and plot structure whereas Shannon reads with her heart. She fully devotes herself to every character in every novel she reads and for this I have always been a little jealous. She is a true book nerd sporting book quote tattoos and all, and I think you all will grow to love her the way I have. Please help me welcome Shannon to Buzz on Books by requesting some books you want to see her review! I warn you though, she has read a lot!!

Happy Friday Jan 2nd!

Alright, so as I mentioned earlier, we are going to spend January talking about books that kick started our love of reading. This way, you will get a better feel for us, our likes, dislikes and hopefully figure out which one of us you relate to! Autum and I are both so different, especially in what we read, that it is not very often we find the same books appealing.

My hope for this month is for you to get to know us, get to know some of our reading history and tell us about yours. Have you read the book we mentioned in the post? Or do you have a book that gave you those same feelings as a child/teen? We want to hear about all of it. January is a month of reflection (and often dieting) we are going to be cleaning off our book shelves so to speak.

I want to tell you about the books I loved and the books I hated; I will likely even tell you a little about the books I pretended to read in high school. They will likely vary from the YA posts we generally stick to.

So, get your book lists ready! We are going to start posting again regularly on January 5th. I haven’t decided which book should go first, although, I have a feeling I’ll start with one of my favourites!!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Holiday 🙂

Welcome to Buzz On Books!

Hey Everyone! Thanks for joining us. We are going to be taking the next couple weeks to update and change over our stuff from our old blog. We are happy to be able to reach more people with our new space here! Please give us a little while to get the ball rolling again and we will be back with you posting regularly as soon as we can!