Selah March

August 12, 2008

Red alert. May Day. SOS.

It appears Jenny Crusie is seriously considering doing away with her blog. This can be firmly categorized under Things NOT Okay With Selah.

On the topic of Vicious Posses in the Romance Blogosphere and how they’ve already run at least one good author (Tess Gerritsen, for those who didn’t follow that steaming shit-fest) out of town, Jenny says this:

“So my pal quit blogging, not because she was intimidated by the threats -– this is one tough lady -– but because life was too short and she didn’t need to blog, it had just been her way of giving back to the writing community. Of course, after that some people said she was wimpy for not staying around so they could kick her again, evidently missing the point that sticking around to get insulted by a bunch of people with no sense of humor had no upside for her.”


“I think most people just file the disappointment away under Things I Know About That Author without going after her as someone unclean who must be eradicated from publishing blogs or books. But there are some whose disappointment is so great, whose sense of betrayal is so strong, that they stoop to name-calling and vituperation and cornering innocent writing partners at conferences and telling him that he’s guilty by association. These people, I would argue, need to take a step back. I feel strongly that anybody who evaluates the rest of the people in the world by how closely their attitudes and statements agree with her worldview is in danger of structuring a life much like the Alberto Gonzales Justice Department. We don’t learn from the people who agree with us, we learn from the people who make us say, “Wait a minute,” and that learning goes both ways. I learn a lot from the critics who intelligently analyze my books and find them wanting; I’ve also learned a lot from the people who have thoughfully and calmly disagreed with me on this blog. Haven’t learned a thing from the shriekers and condemners, though. And the only thing my pal learned was that blogging was just too expensive a hobby in the balance of her life. I think a lot of people miss her blog; I doubt that she does.”

The “no sense of humor” thing? SPOT. ON. I’ve seen better senses of humor on an oncology ward than on some romance blogs where Very Important Topics Relevant To The Future of Romance are discussed almost daily. (And the Alberto Gonzalez crack? I’d like to think it’s an Easter Egg for those of us in the know, but I doubt it. And I love it anyway.)

Don’t go, Jenny. I don’t agree with everything you say, and I sometimes think you’re two catfish short of a coatrack, but I love your sense of humor and your guts. I’d miss you like BURRRRRNING.

To those individuals who’ve emailed me to ask, “WTF? And where?” Thank you. It’s nice to know somebody misses me like burning, too. I’m here, banging away at the final revisions on the novella that has graduated from “would not die” to “living dead,” with a full serving of BRAAAAAAINS. Plus, there was the Jersey shore, and now there’s cheerleading camp and football practice. So very middle American, n’cest pas? But school starts in three weeks. I’ll be back with a vengeance then.

In the meantime, my publisher has informed me that July was the highest selling month in history for Amber Quill Press, spurred on by excellent sales from the Allure imprint. And…

1. Under My Skin II – M. L. Rhodes (Gay / Contemporary)
2. Warm Rush, Book I: Chasing Winter – Rowan McBride (Gay / Paranormal)
3. Wild Horses – Selah March (Gay / Western)
4. Light My Fire – Lee Avalone (Gay / Paranormal / Horror)
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Vivien Dean (Gay / Vampire)
6. Calendar Boys—July: Vintage – Jamie Craig (Gay / Contemporary)
7. Strangers In The Night – Christian France (Gay / Contemporary)
8. (Just Like) Starting Over – Pepper Espinoza (Gay / Contemporary)
9. You Were Always On My Mind – Deirdre O’Dare (Gay / Contemporary)
10. Nowhere Man – Jamie Craig (Gay / Contemporary)

Guess I can start putting payments on that shiny new hat I saw in the window at Macy’s. What Ricky doesn’t know won’t–

Luuuuuucy! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!



  1. There is no sense of proportion, no parameters to wall in the badness in cyber space. The capacity for mean is infinite. Take – for example – the Plagiarism witch hunt. There are – what? THOUSANDS of romance authors? And they’ve caught approximately two women in the desperate act of plagiarizing. Two morphed into a geometric progression of “everyone” and the rage … jesus god have mercy it still burns through Romancelandia like the beast that won’t die. And the hell of it is … I don’t think it has anything at all to DO with the plagiarism issue. It’s blog hits and jealousy and hate all wrapped up in a holier than thou can’t touch me back sanctimonious shroud. There are people who find it all vastly entertaining. They are the sane ones. But they represent .0001% of the readers. Everyone else is just batshit crazy as hell and I suspect at least half of them are driving on the roads of Miami trying to kill me.

    If Jenny quits it’s just another notch in Jane Litte’s and the SB’s belts. And while that sucks a lot, if she doesn’t enjoy it and it serves no purpose then she’s better off stepping off the blogs. She will be missed.

    Now – about that hat. Yellow? To go with the Big Bird purse? I have a slight cold but in lieu of Niquil, I believe I shall join you at the bar tonight.

    Comment by FerfeLaBat — August 12, 2008 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  2. I have missed you sorely, wench.

    I have arrived at the conclusion that the combative nature of the Vicious Romance Posse stems from so many of them being lawyers. They are unable to comprehend that many people simply don’t enjoy arguing and feeling angry all the time. There’s a big difference between running off with your tail between your legs and deciding debating with self-righteous assholes is a waste of time and energy that could be spent on more pleasant pursuits.

    I quit following the drama months ago, but a friend who enjoys watching train wrecks persists in forwarding me snippets. My favorites are the “I’m astonished the fuss we raised didn’t make more of an impact on the industry.” Somehow that’s because “authors and publishers and readers who are not us are a bunch of assholes” rather than “hmm, maybe we’re not omnipresent queens of the internet after all.”

    Comment by Kerry Allen — August 13, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  3. Kerry, I said the same thing on Ferfe’s blog, albeit a lot less funny. Basiclly that the thought never entered their head that it wasn’t the message being rejected as much as the messengers.

    Gotta love when the silent majority makes a physical impact and is still invisible.

    Comment by evagale — August 13, 2008 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  4. Tess is blogging again, Eva said so. Major congrats on how well Wild Horses is doing!

    Comment by jimmyschmendrix — August 15, 2008 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

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