I received an email this week from a blogger who was angry that we’d hired a specific freelancer to write an article for us. I checked and the article was published years ago.

Did she have a problem with the article on WritersWeekly itself? No, she did not. This individual had a personal beef with the writer, and was trying to not only ruin her reputation, but to make her lose paying work as well. On further investigation, I discovered the complainer owns a blog that competes with the writer’s. And, it seems she was using nefarious methods in an attempt to get her competition shut down.

Like I do with similar sour-grapes emails, I did not respond. I simply deleted her email. And, of course, if that woman ever tries to get writing work from us, I won’t hire her.

This reminded me of the woman who wrote in demanding to know how much money we’d paid a writer because he was her ex-husband, and allegedly owed child support. While that may have been the case, and while I have complete sympathy  for any parent in that situation (since I’ve been there myself!), I can’t legally give our writers’ or authors’ income information to third parties unless I’m under court order to do so.

Then there was the woman a few weeks ago who complained that her ex-husband was publishing a book through our division using her photos. I reviewed his manuscript and he had one photo it in, which was purchased legally from a stock photo agency. She was wrong and her email made her look incredibly immature. (It also wasted several minutes of my time that day!)

If you have a problem with someone, or with their opinions on a certain topic, you need to contact that person or your lawyer. Trying to harm someone’s reputation, or make them lose paying work, is the wrong way to settle your differences. And, it’s incredibly unprofessional.

While I’m on my soapbox, I have another beef to share. We received three complaints about the first place winner of the Winter, 2018 24-Hour Short Story Contest. They all complained that the story didn’t have a “happy ending.” It was a funny story! I was tempted to respond with an inquiry about how many books and movies don’t have happy endings…but that doesn’t detract from their entertainment or educational value, or their quality. But, I know sending such an email would be a complete waste of my time.

So, I clicked delete, and continued on with my day.


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