Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Print-Non-Demand

Well the whiners reading Pod-dy-mouth bombarded her with e-mails requesting she kill the comments. Since I was the focus of their collective ire, I suppose I should thank her, but I won't. The trolls who attacked me there were relentless and the rest clueless and she did nothing. She's right: it's better not to read them. What's certain is no one ever will in print that's for sure. Onward indeed. Good riddance. Think they'll glean anything from this article? I doubt it.

12 Comments:

Blogger Zack said...

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4:07 PM  
Blogger David J. Montgomery said...

It really is a shame that one dedicated malcontent can cause a whole blog comments area to close down.

At least it got a couple people to comment on your blog, though, Mark. Bravo!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

David I'm not a malcontent. I spoke nothing but truth and the same folks you and Lee Skewer at his blog couldn't handle the truth. All she had to do was step in once in a while and say something to the trolls like Shutt face here.

I feel sorry for you. You're nothing but a two-faced ass kisser. Get out and stay out.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

With a crap day job too. I have a good one that's actually fun and beneficial to society.

7:23 PM  
Blogger David J. Montgomery said...

For a guy in his sixties, you sure act like a junior high school nerd.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Peter L. Winkler said...

Mark:

I've written about the demise of POD-DY MOUTH over at my blog. At the risk of repeating myself a little...

It was evident from the comments there that virtually nobody ever took up PODDY's enthusiasm for her POD picks and even bothered to go read the samples, let alone the entire book.

It so happens that yesterday, I went and read the sample of Lauren Carr's novel and posted a fairly thoughtful message about my opinions of self-published books based on my reading.

My comments were wiped out with all the rest when PODDY disabled comments.

Having read three self-published books in their entirety plus the samples of Tood Noker's and Lauren Carr's, I have concluded that there are no gems in the POD abyss. Sometimes when you find a pile of horseshit, there's no pony, just more shit.

The occasional one in 40,000 POD titles that gets some attention is a miraculous freak, like the Elephant Man. But just as the Elephant Man wasn't transformed into Gary Grant by the attention he received, so too these books probably aren't particularly good, just lucky.

Nobody cares about POD books except their authors. So I suspect that now that the comments are gone, PODDY's blog is history.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I agree with you Peter. There may be the odd nonfiction work that could be decent but I doubt that since two of them are mine. POD novels are hopeless drek. It matters little since POD kills them anyway.

Even that Will Clarke thing sounds stupid beyond belief. Her blog will crash and burn. Break out the violins. Have any idea who she is?

4:27 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

David you may be bald and fat but young a stupid is more your speed than mine. I work for the US Dept. of Interior as a scientist and you? Well you sell tickets to wannabe shows and grovel over mystery novels. I suspect you want to write one. We'll look forward to reviewing it.

"For a guy in his sixties, you sure act like a junior high school nerd."

I was in high school in the '60's but I'm 52 at the moment. Not much for facts are you?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Peter L. Winkler said...

Mark:

I have no idea who PODDY is. Frankly, I don't understand the anonymity thing with people who host blogs or comment on them. Seems gutless. They want attention but they won't reveal their identity. That's like a guy who wants to be invited to a party but won't give the host his phone number.

If I let the conspiratorial side of myself run wild, it occurs to me that maybe, just maybe, her enthusiastic reviews were paid for under the table by the authors. I dunno.

I'm still amused by the part where she said she spent a long time discussing what to do with the comments with her agent, editor and friends. It leads me to think there's some ulterior motive for her taking the time to maintain the blog, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

It is gutless. I found that out after I got banned under my own name on three writers' sites. Absolutewrite; writersnet and pressthink. In most cases I can't even go back anonymously. They still know and erase my posts. It's a strange netherworld where the owner and the regulars vote naysayers off the island. Hey, just like primetime.

I'll bet Greg Blecha would have paid her. As to who she is I've looked mid-list at Penguin/Putnam and can't find anything that fits. I also can't find anything at her number at Amazon. I may be doing something wrong though.

She may be a vanity author herself?

6:18 PM  
Blogger Raoul Underhill said...

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6:28 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well Raoul is it? You're still an anonymous troll with his head up his ass. I use ad hominem when I'm describing receiving ad mominem attacks likes yours for instance. You and youe ilk aren't qualified to carry my bags.

You are the weakest link. Good bye.

6:34 PM  

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