Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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A Kind Word Turneth Away Wrath!

“Actually you can judge a book by its cover, especially if it’s Black Bed Sheets. I know that you think that you are being brave or something when you publish my words verbatim and then pull an “I know you are, what am I?” but I am both a writer and a publisher. My short stories have been published in Shock Totem, Big Pulp and Lamplight.

Of course, neither accusation that you hurl at me matters since they don’t mitigate the fact that BBS is making books with ugly covers and can’t even be bothered to pay the writers. I made the criticism as a fellow publisher and if BBS wants to take umbrage that is perfectly within the rights of BBS.

The second accusation is just weird. Books are products. You can bitch and moan all you want about what I say about them, but at the end of the day, you aren’t going to sell ugly ass books like the ones put out by Black Bed Sheets. The potential readers understand – maybe not overtly, but implicitly – that a company that can’t take the time to design a cover that doesn’t look like utter shit is also a company that can’t be bothered to pay the writers, find decent writers, edit the books, copy edit the books or do anything but whine and bitch when they are criticized. This is why BBS will be just another publisher at a micro-horror convention trading books.

But congratulations for getting this one on the second page of my google search. I almost forgot about this meshuggas. I am currently busy promoting King David & The Spiders from Mars – the Amazon page is like so you can see what a decent cover looks like. Also, it’s blurbed by Poppy Z. Brite. I hear he’s pretty popular among horror writers.. Seems like a cool guy. Stories by the poetry editors at Strange Horizons too.

“Never judge a book by it’s cover” is figurative. When you take it literally, you run into problems.”

This was the second comment that fell into my in box this morning which pertained to a blog I wrote titled https://indieauthoryvonnemason.com/2013/12/08/never-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/

Mr. Lieder just couldn’t help himself. After he finished his rambling he just had to add the fact that he was promoting his work. Well I went and did what I do best I did a background on Mr. Lieder- those of you who know me know I hunt people in my spare time. In this case it was not that hard to do. Mr. Lieder has left a trail of hate and discontent all over the net. He wants to bash Black Bed Sheet book for their covers when after researching his so called publishing house I have to say some of his covers leave quite a bit to be desired especially 41qc6OHGRuL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

I have no clue why he hates Black Bed Sheet Books so much. The only reason that comes to mind is that BBS is a very successful publishing house and sadly Mr. Lieder’s does not appear to be.

When he makes this statement “The second accusation is just weird. Books are products. You can bitch and moan all you want about what I say about them, but at the end of the day, you aren’t going to sell ugly ass books like the ones put out by Black Bed Sheets. The potential readers understand – maybe not overtly, but implicitly – that a company that can’t take the time to design a cover that doesn’t look like utter shit is also a company that can’t be bothered to pay the writers, find decent writers, edit the books, copy edit the books or do anything but whine and bitch when they are criticized. This is why BBS will be just another publisher at a micro-horror convention trading books.” it makes me wonder who his sources are- where he got his information and can he back up his blather.

He tries to justify his credibility by letting me where he has been published. My reply to that is so what? If one continues to create a negative Public Relations persona one will soon be forgotten. Mr. Lieder’s pages are full of hate and discontent and it doesn’t matter the subject matter. If it is not about him it is not worthy. As I ran my background I found the source of his hate and discontent and it comes from within himself. He even admits it on his journal page. http://marlowe1.livejournal.com/

I find this sad for a couple of reasons the most important is that he understands he may have a problem but yet he goes out of his way to not change it. Second he is a talented man and yet he spends his time and energy wasting that talent on spewing venom and hate.

In a comment on another blog I had posted he proceeded to inform me of what a vile and evil creature I was and that I would die alone and unloved. When I read that I felt such sadness for this person. It sounds as if he is describing himself and yet when he looks in the mirror he refuses to change.

Any one that knows me knows that I defend those I care about and I care about the owner of Black Bed Sheets- he is one of my dearest friends in this cut throat industry. Sadly Mr. Lieder does not appear to have those kinds of loyalties. He is missing something in his life- be it self confidence, self love or good friends or all three. The best I can hope for him is that he will see he is cheating himself on so many levels- He is not hurting us at all we know who we are and what we are about. We do not have to draw negative attention to ourselves to succeed – we have already succeeded by being kind. So Mr. Lieder- my prayer for you is this. May you find the goodness that is in your soul- may you learn that people are not out to get you- may you understand we all are living on this planet and may you learn to love and like yourself warts and all. Then and only then will you learn to love others. I will continue to pray for you- no matter how much you hate it.

And just as an after thought I am very glad that I was able to boost your ratings. See good does come from adversity

January 24, 2014 Posted by | Rants | , , , | 2 Comments

I Can Humor in Just About Anything and This Had Me Rolling in the Floor!

https://indieauthoryvonnemason.com/2013/12/20/gentlemans-quarterly-and-phil-robertson-revisited/
“Wow. Not only are you trying to sell crap books, but you are trying to sell bullshit homophobia and pick-and-choose Bible thumping. All wrapped up in a “some of my best friends are gay” and “you were being mean to Southerners by portraying them as backwater hicks when only they can do that because they make money off this bullshit.” Wow, Yvonne and J. Guest, you are truly a vile loathsome creature. You will die unloved and alone.” https://www.facebook.com/tim.lieder.5

Fridays and Mondays are always a source of humor for me. The reason it seems to bring out the crazies in great number. This morning when I opened my e-mail and before I had the first cup of coffee this little ditty was waiting to be approved on one of my blog posts. After I read it twice- once without really paying attention to what this person was writing and the second time with laughter. Obviously he has no clue about me or where I am from. If he did he would not have written something so insane. Okay let me just start at the beginning.
As you can see his first sentence is trying to be an attack. He just does not get up early enough for that. He obviously is the one who has the issues. As for his second sentence, some of my best friends are gay and we had many discussions about the subject. It would appear that Mr. Lieder still does not understand southerners. He also did not understand the blog. This is evident in this statement, “you were being mean to Southerners by portraying them as backwater hicks when only they can do that because they make money off this bullshit.”
He probably needs to visit the deep south and partake of some of our hospitality. When we are asked a question we answer it and it doesn’t matter if we are making money off “this bullshit” or not. Mr. Lieder obviously only wants to see one side of life that being his side.

Now the funniest and I mean the funniest sentence in the entire statement was the last one. Wait for it! He said and I quote, “Wow, Yvonne and J. Guest, you are truly a vile loathsome creature. You will die unloved and alone.”
Apparently he has not been following me or befriended me. He has just assumed. There is one thing I do know I will not die unloved or alone nor am I a as he puts it ” you are truly a vile loathsome creature.” I perhaps think he may be talking about himself.

It is sad that this man who according to his facebook page lives in New York and is a freelance writer and editor believes that he has to make such personal attacks on folks just because they dare to stand for things they believe in. If he wants to disagree with my blog that is fine by me. After all we live in a country where we have that right. However, when someone resorts to such statements as he did at the end of his comment it tells me that he is either unsure of who he is- he is not cemented in his convictions or he is the one who is alone. Do I hate Mr. Lieder oh no- that would be to easy. Do I disagree with his comment yes I do. However, that being said, he is free to make them all he wants to. He also has to understand that when he makes those comments, I will address them.
Unlike Mr. Lieder, I do not need vilification – I know who I am and I know what I am about. So if you want to be friends I have no problem with it.
Oh and one last thing- Haters are always gonna hate! I will add you to my prayers.

January 24, 2014 Posted by | Hate Mail | , , , | 5 Comments

   

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