Thursday, August 27, 2015

You are narrow-minded, self-righteous if...

We haven't had a good controversy on the site in a long time. I think it's long overdo. Anyway, it all started with this post from DeeJay.

If you haven't read one of DeeJay's rants, you might be surprised, even taken aback for a second. Don't worry. It's just her raw way, and I support it.

She called a book cover model ugly and encouraged authors to not use him again (or any other overused image).

Do I find it a hateful remark?

No, and here's why.

It wasn't said to him directly. Calling someone ugly to their face is hateful, which is why we don't allow reviewers to bad mouth authors in their reviews. Find another way to say what you need to say.

"Back the truck up!" You may say.

Didn't DeeJay call someone self-righteous in the comments? Didn't you (Mark) call that same person narrow-minded? Aren't these hateful remarks?

Well, first of all, we were defending ourselves. And I don't consider narrow-minded or self-righteous to be mean, hateful terms. Yeah, they aren't the nicest things one could say, but sometimes raw honesty is refreshing.

In any case, no where close to calling someone ugly to their face.

"But you are a business, not just a blog."

We've been called out for acting this way and offering promotional services at the same time. We're so unprofessional, so much so that we'd better just close our doors. Wow!

(That was sarcasm for anyone not following.)

People lose political races because their opinions come out and enough people don't like what they have to say (even though the opinion has nothing to do with the issues). Businesses sometimes have to shut down because of their beliefs or opinions.

Isn't the very definition
of narrow-minded
not tolerant of someone's
opinions or views?

Who's being narrow-minded or self-righteous in these cases?

Wouldn't it be the ones who attack these people?

I would never boycott a business just because I don't agree with their opinions or beliefs, as long as those opinions don't interfere with the service they are providing.

In fact I may even be more inclined to use that business if their policy is not to quietly accept stupid people. Speaking up and making yourself heard should not be a crime.

And for those who like to read between the lines ... no, I'm not calling anyone involved in this situation stupid. They have a right to their opinion as do we.

We can call you narrow-minded or self-righteous and you can call us unprofessional. It's all good.

However ...

How does having an opinion, even stated in a very raw way, affect what we do for indie authors? Can you trust our promos less?

Sorry to break it to you, but our promos have nothing to do with opinion. We are simply regurgitating what the authors provide for us.

How does our personal beliefs have anything to do with this?

You are narrow-minded, self-righteous if...

If you are now steering clear of our services because of our opinions or how we present those on this public forum, your mind is closed.

You have a certain view of the way people should conduct themselves and you leave no room for any other method.

If that's not narrow-minded, we need to call Mr. Webster.

Despite the above...
Your opinion DOES matters to us

I've put together a poll so that people can anonymously tell us what they think of this situation and of us in general. Check it out at the end of this post.

If you'd like to say something publicly in the comments we welcome it. In fact, anyone who lets their opinion be heard will get a reward from me. Anyone who comments, whether I agree with your comment or not, will get a free slot in a Cover Wars campaign. Just leave a link to your book on Amazon and your Twitter handle, and I will take care of the rest.

Why am I doing this?

Because I want it to be clear: your opinion is welcome on this site. But so is our rebuttal. We may call you out for this or that as you do to us, but that does not mean we can't do business together. It does not mean we can't have a relationship.

You are small-minded if you think otherwise.

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