#BoycottPaulBlake: A Book Cover Male Model Bullies Authors On Social Media

I am reblogging this because I agree that people need to be held accountable for their actions. I know nothing about the world of book cover models, but I know plenty about dealing with emotional and physical weight related issues. He seems to feel that because he has lost wait, he now has the right to criticize people who are still struggling to do the same. This is a mean-spirited, tiny little man, who needs to learn that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

L. Anne Carrington

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Before delving into my latest blog post, I want to thank New York Times and USA Today best selling author Harper Sloan for bringing up an important topic yesterday on Facebook. Be warned some subsequent comments are a bit raw, but considering the subject at hand, it’s easy to understand why so many fellow authors are angry.

I normally don’t get involved in “controversial” subjects, so to speak, but this is something close to my heart. Not only did I attempt suicide a few times in my late teens through my mid-30’s and been treated for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) since being diagnosed at age 21, but also battled with my weight long as I’ve existed on Earth.

I was on a good weight loss path until undergoing two total knee replacement surgeries in 2015, a complex and painful procedure from which one doesn’t recover overnight (it actually takes…

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Why #FREE doesn’t work anymore

I Came Upon This on Twitter, and as an author who has given away many copies of my books, it definitely gave me something to think about. I would also like to hear any input on this subject.

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Oh Yet Its Free

I recently touted another author’s books here on my blog and offered one for free to a lucky person who left a comment. The only person who commented was the author who I hosted.

Now, it wasn’t because these aren’t good stories. They are! I’ve read them all. And, they were written by a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author. So, why did no one have any interest in a free book?

I pondered on that and here’s what I came up with about why FREE doesn’t work anymore.

  1. Every author is more than willing to give away a free book in hopes of a review.
  2. Most everyone who loves to read has a To-Be-Read list a mile long (I know I do)
  3. What good does it do to download another free book in a genre you don’t normally read, when you already have ten in your favorite genre…

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Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

I had to reblog this, because I just couldn’t believe it! It just amazes me how the minds of some people work. If you can’t afford to spend the asking price of any item, then you don’t buy that item. I have seen books on Amazon that I wouldn’t mind reading, but I’m not comfortable paying $4.99, or even more for an e-book. I would NEVER buy, read, and then return a book because I couldn’t afford to buy it in the first place! At any rate, please read on. I’m sure you will join me in my state of shock.

And So On...

This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:

Dear Ms. Author.

I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?

And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…

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