I am an avid reader. I buy a lot of books every year. Some years, many of those books are from your company, Tor. Some years, that’s fifteen books; some, it’s seventy-five or more. In short, I’ve been a steady customer for quite a long time.
Let’s cut to the chase: regardless of one’s views on the Sad Puppies et al, your official notice and handling of Irene Gallo’s blog post has been entirely mishandled. You have employees who have committed far more serious and egregious offenses against your community of authors and readers, employees who never received public censure. Yet on this blog post, on a page that would pass the “rational person” test of privacy in just about any court of law, you call Irene Gallo out for specific, single attention.
And then you *leave the comments on* so the wolves can come howling in to finish the job you started. I can only presume that there is more to the story, more that we are not and will not be privy to.
THIS. IS. NOT. ACCEPTABLE. BEHAVIOR. FOR. A. PROFESSIONAL. PUBLISHING. COMPANY.
You have no one to call you to account. You have no one you must listen to who will tell you that you have crossed a line. And in doing so, you have lost the respect of many of your customers, including me.
I can only ask that you recognize you over-reacted and apologize. Make it right with Irene Gallo.
Thank you for your attention.