Title says it all…
2 days ago Are added a banner saying their site would close on december 31, 2016 at midnight, and they did.
Thousands of authors and customers are pissed off. Why? Not because they closed. Shit like that unfortunately happens a lot lately. But because they did not give us time to react when they knew perfectly well that ARe was going south since 2014 (read the 2 articles in the bottom of this blog)
Customers were “invited” to save their ebooks NEW YEAR EVE…. one by freaking one…. manually, no ZIP, no one step to do it… took hours to do that depending if you were a long time customer. On top of it, everyone freaked out and the site was EXTREMELY SLOW and took forever to save each ebook…
I was a customer since 2009, so yeah I got few hundred menage ebooks there. Since I am freaking to loose all my menages, I of course save them different ways, so I have them all but then again since I am a freaking person, I saved them again the last 2 days and spent hours to do so.
Can you believe it that I used to praise ARe??? How naive I was…
The other direct impact on my blog is that thousands of links are now down, including most my covers. So it will take time to update them. When I could, I put all the buying links available but my old reviews may not have this. It will take a while before my blog has all the covers back. I am not so worried about ARe links since I shared other links.
I am proud of my blog. I am also a huge menage romances advocate. And one by one, publishers are closing… Ellora’s Cave (who stole so much money from the authors)… Samhain (who is more decent with the authors but still closing)… Are (many authors will not be paid from all the sells done the last quarter 2016 and many customers lost their ebooks in their library since the site is completely down)… and probably many other publishers I do not know.
ARe aka author Lori James aka Samantha Sommersby aka SJ Harper stole thousands from authors and customers. Thousands of $$ in her pocket. It was not only long time planned but carefully done that it took everyone per surprise during a time when we should all celebrate and be happy to live in countries where censorship does not exist. Sadly, I know few people in the business who acted just like her. For me, what this person did is a con artist job and I hope she will not have a pass on this.
No wonder authors go indies. Indie means that an author has no publisher. I am saying this because what ARe did, a couple of other publishers did too. ARe was a gold place for indies. Where will we find them now? I used to check this site every day. every single day to check new menage romances, new authors too. It was a fantastic place to find both publishers and indies. what now?
Amazon… I hate this place on top of not offering a paypal option and if I could use a gift card, I am not just ready yet to buy from them. Barnes & Noble… I never bought anything from them, do they even accept paypal? Where else? Oh yes, directly from publishers. Manic readers is also a place to find new releases but not buy from them.
I am also upset for all those authors who lost much lately, so many doors are closing. They loose their trust, loose money, struggle to promote their work and at the end of the day, us, customers, are also losers…
Of course it is not the end of the world that Are has shut down. There are way more dramatic issues around the world. It is only the cherry on top of a sour cake. I will still find my way to buy new menage romances. But at the end of the day, it sucks to be treated like shit, authors and customers, by ARe and such.
NO FREAKING Thank you ARe for hiding until the very last minute you were closing.
NO FREAKING Thank you ARe for waiting 2 days before the New Year Eve to tell your customers (authors and readers)
NO FREAKING Thank you for your lack of integrity and I hope Karma will pay you a visit… because NO FREAKING WAY it is/was the right thing to do!!
Mrs Lori James, I wish you bucket loads of karma your way!
Dirty laundry is coming out… always. Guess who is going to BOYCOTT Lori James (pseudonym of Samantha Sommersby and urban fantasy as SJ Harper) as from this very minute?? How do you explain that ARe is in trouble for the last 2 years but they gave us a 3 days notice during the holidays? How do you call this practice? mmm? Read those articles and you will be as sick in your stomach as I am.
Note to Authors: Do not give up, please. The road will be probably more bumpy but you can rely on fans. We WILL spread the word on social medias and your work WILL BE known one way or another.