Thursday, July 22, 2010
Originally Posted by Lillibridge Press
[excerpt] "I want to wish all the writers on here good luck in their writing endeavors, but here are some words to ponder... HOW you write about any publishing house be it Lillibridge Press or any other, isn't only read by those you’d expect. You never know when another publisher might read your harsh comment, too."
To me this reads as a passive-aggressive threat that anyone who dares to question the virtues of Lillibridge will end up on some kind of publisher black list. I think this makes Lillibridge look both hostile and foolish.
Publishers naturally only want people to say nice things about them. As a result some of them like to say or imply that anyone who dares to question any publisher for any reason gets on the bad side of all publishers.
Criticism is not in itself going to make you look bad so long as it is stated honestly and without malice--so long as it is stated as opinion, based on fact, and retracted when in error.
And any publisher who has a problem with that is not a publisher I would want to do business with.