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url 2016-12-31 11:52
People in Publishing Showing Their Privilege
In short: someone Tweeted something that was unintentionally ableist. She was called out on it, so she deleted it. I never saw it, so I never saw how many people called her out. She took to her Facebook to talk about it. I know she didn't mean any harm. But the comments on her not-Public (Friends-locked) Facebook post are very telling. Not hers - the comments of her friends who are also in publishing. Including authors. It shows that even though people may seem liberal or vote Democrats, they might still be inconsiderate towards people with disabilities. OK, so if they didn't think the joke was ableist, that's one thing. Another thing entirely when they're told it's ableist...and then they go on rants about "victim complex", and how people are "looking to be offended/outraged", and "if they're mad about this, wait 'til they hear about Tr*mp." My Twitter thread (click the title of this post - should link there) includes screenshots of some of the comments from people in publishing you may have heard of (i.e. male YA authors). Also includes my reactions to their fuckery. In short: authors act differently in private than they do in public. Namely, they're inconsiderate dicks without compassion in private, no matter how much of a supposed "ally" (actuality, they're a fake ally) they may seem in public. If the post and comments were public, I'd archive.is them. But since they're not, you'll have to take my word for it, unless you follow the original poster.
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url 2016-12-19 10:47
So this happened today...

https://twitter.com/TezMillerOz/status/810721923479064580 Link is to my Twitter thread. Public, so you should be able to read it.

I never tagged her, so I was unsettled when she contacted me. But yes, my Facebook post was Public: https://www.facebook.com/tezmilleroz/posts/10155546790074179

Lesson of the story: Authors, if someone hasn't contacted you with questions or clarifications, consider why. If they're not professional journalists (I'm certainly not one), they may not feel safe contacting you, in case you exploit the power dynamic already in your favour to punch down on someone with a lower following.

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url 2016-12-17 05:17
Open Road Media & the "Hissy Fit"

This happened, so I Storify'd it.

Your "hissy fit" blogger

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text 2016-11-07 10:19

I'm playing the waiting game, and getting frustrated.

So on the day it was revealed that the book's full of racism and white supremacy, I went to Goodreads. And checked out who'd added the book to their wishlist or to-read shelf.

Beth "author of an upcoming Star Wars novel" Revis added it to her to-read shelf on the SAME DAY (November 3rd) that word of the book's racism spread on Twitter.

Took me at least 24 hours to get up the courage to ask her why she added it to her to-read shelf at that particular time. If she'd added it to her to-read shelf months ago, I wouldn't have cared so much.

It is November 7th, and Beth hasn't replied to my comment yet. I phrased that comment as politely as I could, trying to give her the benefit of the doubt - "Maybe this is terrible timing, and you didn't know about the discussions".

She's been online since then, multiple times (mainly instagram). To my knowledge she hasn't RT'd any threads about the racism.

I want to believe she has good intentions, but now I'm thinking maybe she's avoiding answering my comment or supporting people speaking out against the book's racism. I know she's been on Twitter this week, because she was quick to share Adam Silvera's thread about being a gay author doing school visits. And she was quick to address someone who shared a screenshot of a poorly-timed pre-scheduled Tweet from Lauren DeStefano.

Sorry for the rant, but I needed to tell someone.

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url 2016-11-04 10:39

I'm really happy for this author who's not worried about the election result.

But I could do without her "be the bigger person" spiel, and "stop demonizing each other and start trying to accept each other instead [...] points and people with which we disagree have value."

Sorry not sorry, author. Racism and misogyny don't "have value", unless it's a negative value. But you do you.

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