Amazon author pages & Piper protests

So Amazon has started this new thing called, simply enough, an author’s blog. Here’s the link to mine. The idea is to write a little something for the readers who have purchased one of that author’s books in the past. If you have ordered something of mine from them, you should see my first post over there when you go to the main page. I don’t intend to post there very often, but when something big happens I’ll put up a few sentences.

Now here’s the thing. If you’re not interested in this newest author-post marketing doodad, you can turn it off. You can control which author posts you get and if you get any at all.

My first post has been up for only two days and one nice thing is that it has directed some readers to this weblog who didn’t know about it before. Of course, there’s always room for the less enthusiastic readers to voice their opinions. Ms. Piper, for example, who took the opportunity to be the first to leave a comment. A Piper protest. A declaration of negative Pintent. Never, never again shall she read any of my work. And why? Because there was a discussion of a review here. She took exception to the review, and to the discussion of the review, and specifically to me.

Listen, people. I hope you like my stories and look forward to the next one. I hope you recommend them to friends who you think might like them, too. But if you find yourself publically admonishing another author because that person encouraged discussion? Step back, please. Reconsider.

UPDATE: Amazon deleted Ms. Piper’s proclamation of protest, and I deleted my response to it.