One of the nicest writers I've met online is Sara Gruen, who stood up for me on writersnet back in the days before she published her first book Riding Lessons
. The default setting there is to pile on whoever is in the headlights. This was a time when I was battling shills from Publishamerica. Little has changed in forum ecology.
I recall she told me she'd published her "Circus book"
with Algonquin, a small North Carolna publisher where I'd sent one of my books. Never underestimate the power of a good small press. This is some Circus book indeed.