If one can dedicate a letter, this is dedicated to Linda Hilton, who no doubt will find typos in it. Bless her heart and uncensored mouth (or fingers). The boycott is her idea.
You can find Linda's post here - Boycott.
My first post on Hale - Run-down. It includes links to Dear Author as well as Jim C Hines, both of whom give run-downs of the whole issue.
I love many of the books that you publish under various imprints. As a huge fan of the Duncton Wood Chronicles, my heart will always have fondness for your company. For me, HarperCollins was a publishing name that usually indicated quality.
However, considering your silence on the behavior of Kathleen Hale who, by her own admission, stalked a reviewer, I feel I can no longer support your company. This saddens me. I can understand any publisher’s desire to treat their authors well, but I do not understand why the company has kept quiet on such an action. Even if you believe that the reviewer treated Kathleen Hale unfairly, surely stalking is a step too far.
Furthermore, several authors and bloggers have pointed out various problems with Hale’s account as she published it in the Guardian. What such quietness on your part says to me as a reader is simply that while you are willing to take my money, my opinion about your books better be kept to myself.
I can’t do that. Even before I joined places such as Booklikes and Goodreads I never could.
For me, one of the joys of reading is learning what other readers think about a book. It’s in our differing views that we learn about ourselves, our friends, our co-readers, and the works that we read. An attempt to stifle this violates the spirit of reading. This is what Kathleen Hale did at its most basic level.
And yet, your company says nothing.
The silent acceptance of Hale’s behavior has destroyed the trust I had in your company. I can understand being legally unable to break a contract, but it is unclear to me why there is no condemnation for Hale’s actions. Surely, if Hale were a reader stalking a HarperCollins writer, you would say something.
But you haven’t said anything that I can find.
Therefore, despite my fondness for your books, I will no longer buy, rate, or review any book published under HarperCollins.