A few days ago, I shared the story and blog link about aspiring author, Mandy DeGeit. Since her virtual explosion of notoriety online in her mere act of crying foul at a certain lousy publisher (I’ll name names later) a lot has happened on the horizon of independent publishing, and in publishing in general.
A whole ton of authors big and small took Mandy’s plight to heart and spread the word. If this incident has proven one thing, it is this; writers stand up for one another regardless of their bank account or notoriety. I honestly couldn’t be prouder to be part of such a group of authors than I was this week. Authors and publishers as well all shared this story on blogs, Twitter, Facebook and their own web sites (like mine.) It was (and still is) a display of solidarity I haven’t seen in a good long time.
And where is Tony G?
The now more infamous than ever Anthony Giangregorio remains silent, although I did see from a comment on Mandy’s site that (allegedly) he believes if he gives the rights back to all the authors, it’ll all blow over. He even (allegedly) tried getting one author to write a testimonial for him saying what a “wonderful experience” he had working with Tony.
Yeah. Good luck with that, man.
Anthony should also be enjoying the fact that he is now, at least delightfully so for me, a vocabulary word for having your story butchered. “I sent my story off and it came back all tonied.”
Hilarious! Of course, what Mandy has been doing equally can be referred to as someone being degeited. (Those aren’t mine-Mandy and one of her pals, Richard Salter came up with those, but I think I’m going to start using them…who would want to be tonied?)
But, with any kind of luck, he’ll do the right thing…whether he wants to or not.
So, what is next for the groovy Ms. DeGeit?
She’s going to publish her story on her own…and so much more. Her pretty spectacular idea can be found here and I’d ask those of you who visit my site, to share this and her page and get the word around. It’s a pretty selfless idea and pretty savvy as well. (I will expect my copy to be autographed, by the way…make that t-shirt idea from my first article for extra cash too…I’m sure it’ll sell too. Just sayin’)
BAM! Another punch!
Also, do yourself a favor. Check out the rest of her site. She is a good writer, which at the end of the day, is really what counts. (Well, that and not getting yourself tonied.) I doubt she’ll get tonied again. Good for her. And good for all of you, my fellow authors. I really am proud of all of us.
Sometimes, when really terrible things happen to you, you might have to face it alone. But sometimes, when you stand up for yourself, you just might find yourself surrounded by more people than you could possibly imagine.
This was a good week I think.