Today has kept me off the computer for the most part and the internet exploded while I was away!
A)Dear Author / Jane Litte was deposed in the EC v. DA case.
B)Following said deposition, she posted on her blog and admitted to her readership that she’s an author with the pen name Jen Frederick.
C)Some folks are unhappy with this little revelation. On a popular blog known as The Passive Voice an anonymous poster complained and many have chimed in, including EC owner Jaid Black / Tina Engler. (Opinion: I repeat again, this woman really needs a PR firm!) Oh and a ton of other anonymous commenters. (Not fact, my opinion: Really, these people need to draw numbers so that we can figure out who is talking/replying. It’s like a huge fucking game of Who’s on First.)
My Take on this Cluster Fuck
A) Jane was deposed. I expected as much it’s standard operating procedure in any suit. Secrets never remain secrets. They always come out. We’ll see more depositions soon. Well, unless the depo fairy posts them online, we won’t actually SEE them. Unlike the court docs that the wonderful Deirdre Saoirse Moen posts on her blog, most depositions and Requests for Production (of documents) won’t be made public.
B) I celebrated the news that Jane/DA is an author. Why? Because…she’s one of us. Because PubNT called her a slushpiler. Because…why not? She’s seeing success as well and I find that celebratory.
C) First, everyone is entitled to their feelings and opinions on the matter. Really. Those who are pissed as well as those who are not. I must say, personally, I was annoyed by those who bitched about donating to her legal fund. Why?
I’ve said it publicly, and I’ll say it again. I actually don’t like Jane Litte / Dear Author. I think she’s mean, rude, and overly aggressive. But she’s a fuckin’ lawyer. Trust me as someone who used to be married to one…it’s in their blood. A good layer is aggressive. A great lawyer is usually shady as hell. You may not like them. But I bet the boat that when you’re looking for a lawyer, you’re not searching for one that reminds you of white fluffy bunnies.
So why in the hell do I support her? First, I respect what she does, especially reporting on the industry. Next, well, I believe in the cause. We have the right to say someone is shady, especially if we believe said person/business/entity is shady. It’s one of our founding principles. She reported on something that others had already seen, gossiped about, etc. That should not be punishable or suppressible.
Plus, I hate bullies. My OPINION is that EC is a huge bully, or at least they’re trying to be. My OPINION is that EC’s business practices are full of…shade. I believe their accounting system to resemble swiss cheese.
I digress. Those who are feeling sore about donating to DA’s defense fund should take a deep breath. You’re still, in a way, fighting for EC’s authors. You’re fighting for our First Amendment rights. Jane/DA never claimed to be poor. She’s even gone as far as to say anything left over, returned in lawyer fees would be donated to a fund, not put in her pocket.
And she threw in TWENTY GRAND of her own money. She’s putting her money where her mouth is…literally.
Look, a lot of us use pseudonyms for one reason or another. I’ve been public and open that my real name isn’t Anita Cox *gasp, choke…the horror!* My real name is Kim Mullican. I’ve Vlogged as both entities disclosing this fact. It was MY CHOICE. I wasn’t pressured or blackmailed into this situation. I chose to separate my names to prevent reader confusion so my Kim Mullican readers didn’t buy my erotica by mistake. Plus…the spouse came up with the Anita Cox name and I just HAD to use it. It’s the perfect name for an erotica author. The interesting side effect is that Anita sells a SHIT TON more books than Kim does. Why? Because you people like your smut and I like writing it!
Jane had to disclose her pseudonym and I daresay anyone posting or commenting anonymously or using a super secret squirrel name should really take a pause for the cause and look in the mirror.
I’m Anita Cox/Kim Mullican and I seductively approve this message.