Journalist And Newspaper Gone Bad
The reporter that was bugging me for details about AMP? The one that Teddi Pig posted the contact details for? His article went up at the Aurora Sentinel newspaper. The title of his "article?"
Battle Among Local PORN Authors Heats Up on Facebook As Aurora Publisher Goes Mum.
Porn? PORN? What the HELL? I don't write PORN. I don't edit PORN. In fact, during my tenure at AMP, I never saw a PORN book go through the pipes. PORN and EROTICA are two entirely different genres, types of book, and markets. AMP didn't publish PORN. AMP published science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance w/o sex, romance w/sex, erotica, mysteries, suspense, thrillers, action/adventure, paranormal romances.
And yet, this "journalist," Brandon Johanssen, didn't mention that in the title of his article. Oh no--instead, he compounded the misery of AMP authors by calling them all PORN authors.
Dude--are you really SO ignorant that you don't know the difference between erotica and PORN? Are you really throwing it out there that I, who writes fantasy, science fiction, and horror am a PORN writer? Really?
You know, I think that's called LIBEL.
Or, at the very least, yellow journalism.
What happened to journalistic ethics? What happened to double checking your facts? Heck--one of the authors quoted in the story, Charles Sanders, wrote a HORROR book that didn't get anywhere near a PORN. Charles is probably not real happy to be called a PORN author.
I know I'm sure as hell not.
This is why I didn't talk to that cretin when he kept pestering me for information about AMP. And despite the fact that in the ARTICLE, he states that not all AMP writers wrote PORN--it doesn't really matter. The TITLE is what will remain online. So for the eternity that is Google-fu, when my publishing credits come up online, PORN author is what people will think. No one will remember that I write vanilla spec fic, or that I edited books from all genres and build a no-sex-allowed tradtional Regency romance line. All they'll remember is the PORN.
With complete unconcern for the victims of the AMP debacle, this "journalist" and the Aurora Sentinel newspaper discarded all the ethics of their profession and threw all AMP writers under the bus on top of the financial and emotional hardships they are already undergoing. And while I'm really damn pissed at Sandra Hicks right now, the fact that she's been labeled a PORN publisher in her hometown is absolute bullshit.
But the Sentinel and Johanssen don't give a rats' ass about that. As long as they sell papers, they are quite willing to trample to work and reputations of over a hundred authors and staff into the dirt. Right now, that PORN label is hovering over every single victim of Aspen Mountain Press. And that "reporter?" The one that lied to AMP authors and staff about wanting to get their stories out?
Let's look at my correspondence with him At first, he contacted me because of my blog and mentioned that an AMP author (who most assuredly does NOT write PORN) had contacted him about AMP. In my return email, I confirmed that I did work at AMP (and yeah, that was a big DUH on my part since I'd been raging about it on my blog. Cut me some slack. Even I can pull a DUH.) and asked what he intended to write his story about. He indicated he wanted to do a business story, and wanted details about why AMP fell, how much I personally was owed, how many books AMP published and WHAT KIND OF BOOKS AMP PUBLISHED.
I talked about the offer with the ladies of Musa, and we arrived at a decision together that what I'd said on my blog was enough to serve as Musa's statement about our dealings with AMP, both within the company and as a separate entity. I informed Mr. Johanssen of this in a formal, if cordial, reply:
After discussing your request with my colleagues and considering it very carefully, I'm afraid I don't really want to comment further on the Aspen Mountain Press situation. My blog posts are already up and impacting the situation. I don't feel that participating in such an interview is the best choice for me at this time.