I’m about to put the finishing touches on my presentation for the Florida Romance Writers’ convention which is all about online self-promotion. It’s always nice when examples appear that so neatly define what I’m trying to say, which is, in this case, think before you post anything.
Writer and editor Steve Berman reviews an anthology, receives an email from one of the authors who is offended by a one-line evaluation of his story and jaw-dropping douchebaggery ensues. First, the author, one Kevin W. Reardon encourages Berman to kill himself, not once but twice – and asks that he take his cat with him as well – then threatens Berman’s life, prompting Berman to contact the authorities to file charges of harassment.
For the particulars, go ye below the fold for links-aplenty. But if you’ve seen enough, just shake your head with me and wonder WTF, people, WTF. With the threats of heckling over Jane’s and my presentation at RT placed on the WTF spectrum with this absolute fucknut setting the DEFCON-10 NutJob level, I have to wonder if online reviewing should come with combat pay.
[Thanks to Jeaniene Frost for the links.]
It starts here:
With more here:
and the final moments here:
and then what got the police involved: