Last month, Nora Roberts posted a blog entitled “Bite Me” where she took issue with two things and spoke her mind.
I agree with every word she said. I posted the link on my Facebook page because I felt it was a valuable lesson in social media etiquette.
The gist of the blog was about two things:
1) Readers who insult other readers
2) Who writers write for
You can (and should) read the blog (it’s short) to get the backstory, but in summary, Nora’s assistant posted about Nora’s new trilogy on Nora’s Facebook page where, presumably, Nora’s readers go for information about Nora and her books. Several people posted about how her trilogies were boring and predictable and all the same. THOSE comments were ignored or smoothed over by Nora’s assistant. Then, later, a person posted that Nora’s books were boring and “didn’t take much brain power to read them.” THAT is what Nora took exception to because it was an insult to HER readers.
She commented that it’s rude to go into someone’s house and insult the host and food, but to then attack all the other guests? That’s why Nora spoke up. She was defending her people, her readers, her cyber-friends.