J.M. Reep

Posts Tagged ‘writers’

Newsflash! Fiction Writers Are Liars

In Commentary on June 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

(This is a post originally intended for, and recently posted to, another blog of mine. I thought it was relevant to Post-Publishing, so I’ve edited it a bit and posted here.)

I read a story recently (here’s a link to it) about a blogger who has stirred up quite a bit of controversy because she lied about the events she was blogging about. Her name is Becca Beushausen and her blog documented her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, April Rose — who then died suddenly a few days after she was born. The only problem: Becca wasn’t pregnant and she didn’t have a baby. She made up the whole series of events. This might not have been a big deal if Becca’s blog had attracted only a handful of followers (like most blogs do), but apparently, Becca’s blog quickly attracted thousands of loyal followers and well-wishers. Read the rest of this entry »


Self-Publishing and Responsibility

In Commentary on June 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already bring with you a set of assumptions and opinions regarding self-publishing. Perhaps you have a positive opinion of the practice, but chances are your opinion is a negative one. If your opinion is negative, I won’t try to change your mind in this single post, but I would like to address some of the sources of those negative assumptions, and if you are a self-publisher, I’d like to suggest some practical things you can do to try to avoid encountering those negative assumptions as you promote your writing. Read the rest of this entry »