This morning, Sybil Cook, blogger from The Good, The Bad, The Unread, spoke with Carol Stacy, Publisher and Internet Director of Romantic Times to ascertain the authenticity of the digital signature of Kathryn Falk. Carol Stacy replied “I see nothing wrong with the post.” The point is Ms. Stacy? “Point that blogs can be mean and nasty.”
A message has been passed onto Ms. Falk for verification but at this time, Romantic Times cannot confirm nor deny the identity of the blog commenter. Other than to say that Ms. Stacy, a senior representative of RT, sees nothing wrong with a post accusing bloggers of being “ridiculous–?, “viputerative–?, “heartless–?, “genuinely perverse–? and “sick in the head.–?
Falk says that we should all support women run businesses regardless of quality of content. How does that jive with their lack of support for the female run publishing house that is devoted to gay romance? The Gay Romance promotional display at the hotel was removed for being “too risque” while Ellora’s Caves covers with naked threesomes are widely available. RT did nothing to support this author. On the bright side, some authors took the content to their author tables: Angela Knight and Mary Janice Davidson to name a few.
There is a great debate going around the literature blogging internet about the value of blogger reviews. The value of the blogs is this: we provide our honest opinions that is not influenced by any publisher, author or advertiser. The greatest benefit we receive is free books and if that is lost because we give a negative review, so be it.
More updates to follow.