"Scorched Earth Tactics" are they worth it?
What would you do to get 6,000 hits and 200 (flaming) messages in one day?
I'm not about to stick my neck out like Mary at the Militant Writer did. Not today. Though I think that a sufficiently clever approach could be useful one day. I think that Mary was far more clever than she realized.
Kinda like the kitten chasing a 'rope' and coming up with a great Dane's tail. Oops.
The rubbernecks (like me) come in to see what's going on. The trolls come to shed blood. A few interesting people show up. A couple of editors and a publisher (e-publisher Flying Pen Press) and of course the Agent Rock Stars Bransford and Reid. Maybe a few more.
What am I doing? I'm backtracking people to find out who they are. That's why I'm writing this. Because it is so interesting to see who is whom. They are gathering again, the blog-junkies of the publishing world. People who missed out yesterday are coming in to take a gander, some to take a swipe. More I think, because some twit 'tweeted' about it and brought the legions in to partake.
Yesterday was the second #queryfail day. The slush pile bees mourned the 'lack of snark' as being 'no fun.' All that sharpening gone to waste because the bosses were watching?
No, wait, here's a target. (The stampede begins.)
Here's a deep thought for the day: Where does all the snark come from?
Hate of the writer - the lowly worm who dares aspire above their 'rightful' place. (After all a million people would kill for the position of slush pile bee.)
Is it an instinctive process to keep the pecking order? I think that is part of it. We know from psychology (and the school yard) that children will fanatically police 'gender roles' and social standing amongst themselves.
Whenever a writer DARES to step from the shadows, is there are part of the brain that fires off a command to attack?
I believe so. The step up in any society is running the gauntlet, a battle for place. The lowly store clerk who gets promoted must take a lot of crap from their peers until they have won their place. I've been on the wrong side of the pecking order myself.
Saw that yesterday when Mary stepped out of the shadows into that '15 minutes of fame' that (Worhol?) spoke of. Saw that during the StarCraft invasion of Authonomy.
I use that in my stories. Show the crap that my protagonist takes from her own family and from her employees when she takes charge.
That's what is so fun about writing, we get to make commentary on human behavior.
The story continues.