I was devastated to find out today that Literary Sass is closing it's doors. You can read why here.
Part of me is pouting guiltily at the thought that the review site that picked MY book as a favorite read of the year isn't going to be there anymore. Huge bummer. Another part of me understands their reasoning. After all they've stepped on a lot of toes and if I had been one of the authors they trashed [and yes, they did trash quite a few] I would probably be dancing in the streets.
I suppose this illustrates a valuable lesson, that the anonimity of the Internet isn't all that anonymous. When outspoken bloggers begin to realize that what they say behind the mask of a snappy pseudonym and flashy blogskin may hurt their writing careers, a change is obviously necessary.
Is it wrong to be honest? No...though some people can't handle honesty and a little bit of demure subterfuge is usually necessary to get through life in one piece. Is venting and ranting bad? No...but the best way to do it is with utmost tact. We've all been guitly of shooting off our mouths about things that bother us...in fact, I've often toyed with the idea of starting a second blog under a psuedonym just so I could vent about things that piss me off, and most of those topics wouldn't even have to do with the publishing industry. Let's face it, the world is full of things that piss us off and venting about it does sometimes help...and sometimes it just gets us labeled with names we don't want to be saddled with.
I'm sorry to see the Sassy Chicks close up shop. I was looking forward to more reviews and I've actually bought some of the books they've given their tumbs up to...and I never really pay attention to good reviews when it comes to my own personal reading choices.
Hopefully the Chicks will find other venues and be able to continue their honest if sometimes acerbic reviews. Bottoms up, ladies.