I sit in Israel. It’s a lovely country, filled with faith and love and spirituality. However, I find my own faith being challenged right now.
I have never hidden the fact that “Sarah Price” is my family name. The name Price dates back to my original ancestors that came over from the Palatine in the very early 1700s. It was originally printed Preiss (and Priess). This information is printed on all of my books, in my ABOUT ME, on my biographies, and in my press material. The name Sarah is a homage to my Mennonite grandmother, one of the driving forces in my life. Given that this is public knowledge, someone decided to declare my Sarah Price account on Facebook as inauthentic and have me shut down.
To that person and her pack of wolves, I’d like to say “Thank you.” What you have done is most unChristian but it also speaks volume about who YOU are. But I don’t want to focus on YOU. Unlike the Facebook pages and groups for these individuals which focus on themselves, their book sales, their rankings…none of which has to do with Amish, Christianity, or their fans, I want to focus on something else.
It takes a mighty person with a very weak sword to bully. But one thing that I have learned is that bullying occurs because someone is threatened. How could an author of Amish Romances be a threat? That is the big question. Someone answered it for me, quite eloquently and I wanted to share this.
Being upset over this cowardly act, I asked the question, “Why me? I didn’t provoke this individual!”
“You DID provoke her. You provoked her because you write good books. You provoked her because your book sales were climbing up the ranks. You provoked her because people were paying more attention to you than to her. If she was half as confident in her own books, she wouldn’t be worried about you. And her 99 cent books show how little she thinks about her own writing.”
I won’t apologize for that provocation. It was unintentional and part of the book publishing game. But I can now frame this event quite clearly. It is, in fact, a form of flattery. I thank my support system, both family and FB friends, for their support.
The good news is that, even if I never get my Facebook account back, I will continue to write. Even better news, I have lawyers…tough Manhattan lawyers…volunteering their services to stop this person from destroying anyone else’s career. It has come to my attention that I am NOT the first individual (author) that this person has attacked…and most likely not the last. I’m not a lawyer type of person but too many people have spoken to me about this.
I never thought I’d encounter such bullying in my life. Lies over “stealing titles” (since when is the phrase Amish Romance, Christian Romance, or Amish Christian Romance a title? It’s a genre…google the term…there must be hundreds of book listings with these words!). But this is merely a false cry. Clearly it is because of feeling threatened and insecure that this person has started a conquest against anyone that might be deemed as a good, if not better, writer. Jealousy because fans CAN (and DO) split their love for Amish books across many different writers.
Not having access to Facebook (except through Twitter and blogging) will not have any impact on the sales of my books. It will have an impact on my connection to my fans. I’ll miss that. But I know this is temporary. And the outpouring of support and love from them via emails is tremendous.
So, to the bully who can rest on her false beliefs that she is a good Christian and thinks that she has succeeded in defeating me, rest assured. I won’t stoop to your level but I will continue to write and be a threat with my books about Amish people, the people that I know and love, the people that I post about, the people that are at the center of my focus. You see, I’m in this because I am a writer and I like to tell a good story.
It goes without saying that we all are getting a very clear picture of why YOU are in this game. It’s not flattering…