Grr. I’ve been an avid AWer (i.e. a member of the Absolute Write forums) for several years now and it really irks me that proven clueless wannabe literary agent Barbara Bauer managed to get AW’s apparently paranoid former host to yank the plug on them. Especially irksome considering that said host gave them barely an hour’s notice before they DID pull the plug. Kudos to AW’s mods for managing to save everything before the site was shut down, and further kudos to them for being such a wonderful resource to aspiring and already-published writers.
Barbara Bauer really should have taken a cue from the other 19 wannabe literary agents (I use this term loosely since I think they already ARE exactly what they wannabe) and remained silent, waiting until such a time as that list might have fallen to the bottom of everyone’s forums, websites, and agendas. Now she’s just made sure that a great number of people are going to do everything in their power to see that doesn’t happen for a very, very long time. If ever.
And here’s a tip for Barbara Bauer. It’s not libel if it’s true. And there IS this wonderful thing we have in the USA called the First Amendment. Perhaps she should look that up sometime.