You will have made the worst mistake maybe of your life.
This is you-from-the-future speaking.
Believe me, I know, entertaining people is everything to you.
Captures the long silences from her video perfectly.
Strangers are about to turn that name your mom gave you from the song she and your dad loved, they're going to turn it into a cruel hashtag." 'cause using an oppressors name should be off limits. Also nice Emotional-Play.
So giving a title means this reader is under obligation to be loyal to you and if she's disgusted by your actions, she's an ingrate.
So THESE are the true culprits; those who tell her she's doing the right thing and not to stop. It's VERY HARD to know what to do in life; if you only listen to your yes-men, you're doomed.
Self pitying, defensive, a ruthless businesswoman protecting her earnings. Bad combo.
I'm sorry, but you do.
That's how you will look...
To those who do not know you in person."
It's not her ACTIONS that are the problem, it's our misinterpretation of them.
Many have been with you this whole ride, and know the truth.
But it will be real hard to convince strangers otherwise."
'The truth' might be easy to push to your worshipers, but strangers need this thing called EVIDENCE.
As they say in Al-Anon, "You can't argue with the alcoholic when they're drunk."
So now anyone who doesn't believe YOUR side is a drunk alcoholic, can't be reasoned with. I find this offensive to those struggling with addiction.
Because starvation, poverty, disease, tragedy, war, death, and torture are NOTHING to having the internet call you out for unethical behavior.
You stopped counting her published titles at 120 because it was mind-blowing. And scary. And exhausting to consider you had to write her a C&D letter."
This is why those lawyers you chose not to hire exist.
So you WERE warned this would end badly.
So you went forward with career-suicide because your pride was much bigger than the warnings from your friends. But I mean I'm unsophisticated so I probably read it wrong.
What 'past experience' are you referring to here? The past experience of people telling you it was a bad idea? /confused
So she admits she wrote a defensive, 'really spelled out' strong-worded email intended to frighten her victim into submission. But the fact that it worked MUST just be the victim lying.
...What does this mean? You can't bully upward? Is she saying that just because the victim sells more books than her, it makes her actions NOT bullying? /confused
She changes your life by tweeting what you wrote, maybe forever."
Again, what we see here is blame-shifting. It's not that she WROTE the bad thing that destroyed her. It's that the public SAW the bad thing.
Yeah, SUPER cruel to share how badly you treat us in private. How can you "live with light" when we keep sharing all your dark? tsk tsk.
Shuts down your instagram, flagging it en masse, 9K followers, gone."
Actually as someone who isn't yet on Instagram, can someone tell me why her account was flagged? Did she say something bad that people responded to, or was it just for cockygate?
LOL she might be the only person in the world who liked the NY article 😂
(Also it's been proven that Faleena has left fake reviews on other books before, so hypocrite.)
Although I haven't seen ANY evidence to support this claim, I won't say it hasn't happened. More often, though, I've seen her former readers pull their reviews and express disgust and grief over what she's done.
FALSE. The mob blames you for Amazon deleting reviews that contain the adjective "cocky."
FALSE. The mob tweets that they HOPE to overturn your TM and they FEEL that you'll do the rest of it to yourself. And you REALLY are.
Disgusted readers pulling old high-star reviews
Publicity responders disliking what they now see
Trolls. I won't lie. But not ONLY trolls.
Admitted with shame. GUYS SERIOUSLY LEAVE THE POOR GUY ALONE. She pays him to stand in front of a camera. THIS ISN'T HIS FAULT.
Speaking honestly, this has been TAME compared to most internet flaming. Not lying. Also, you lose accounts because of YOUR posts, not for how we react to them.
Saying that over...and over...and over."
No, Faleena. That's how YOU justify your actions. Reacting to harassment IS NOT harassment.
In 2017 your books were pirated and published to iTunes in order to get you kicked out of Kindle Unlimited, for which you must be exclusive to Amazon."
Ouch. That really sucks. Sorry to hear that. Does it justify what you did? No.
Ouch. That really sucks. Does it justify what you did? No.
Stick to your story. Are your bad reviews because of Cockygate or because of this?
You were NOT the first Cocky writer. Also whether a common trope or not, it's still a common WORD
I've seen two screens. One was posted AFTER you filed for trademark (suspicious) and in the other, the reader read a DIFFERENT series FIRST and you SECOND.
Yeah, that's the one I saw. Sounds to me like she didn't "buy the crap series because she thought it was yours," she "read a book with 'Cocky' and almost didn't read yours."
So it's fine for your readers to insult other authors, but wrong for them to be upset. The tagline thing sucks though.
Does it justify what you did? No.
Seriously though, even if it's true, you could have filed legal proceedings against HER without dragging down an entire industry.)
Ouch. That sucks. I'm really sorry to hear it. Does it justify what you did? No.)
1. Reacting to harassment is NOT harassment.
2. "Self appointed" implies it WASN'T granted by the mob of your victims.
Too much detail. Cluttered the scene. Less is more, we don't need the street names
-How I feel after analyzing THE FIRST HALF of this blog post 😂
I'm hoping we can come to a solution of some kind together. Readers are getting hurt." (1/2)
Hope to hear from you soon.'
But she will not call you back.
She will send her lawyer, instead, that afternoon." (2/2)
The mob isn't what put you in a corner. YOU backed into a corner and we just followed you there.
Tara is not the only victim. You threatened MANY, the RWA is defending them ALL.
The protection 'earned' through underhanded means and promptly abused by threatening other authors and starting a chain reaction of TM abuse in ALL writing.
Reacting to harassment.
You've made it VERY clear you think you're blameless. Talking is useless.
This should be good, I do so love your stories. /sarcasm
'Non-copycatting' is an adjective now? Awesome, I'll use that. "I want you to meet my non-copycatting sister."
Adds unnecessary detail to make herself appear affable.
So she TM'd a common word and faked legal documents?
You didn't say this, because why, when the damage was done? But it could have been her huge hit."
Still waiting for the part where she TM's a common word and fakes legal documents...
So does she TM a common word and fake legal documents, or...?
It's just what happens to you when you become successful. They copy you, and you can't do anything about it. It sucks, I know. BUT THAT'S JUST HOW IT IS."
Couldn't you have trademarked "Humble?"
Pay me a compliment and watch me shoot it down."
OR, you COULD read it aloud on a live facebook video and then spend the subsequent two hours imparting wisdom on how to be as great and successful as you.
It's easy to say "follow your dreams," but if you threaten to CRUSH other people with similar dreams in the process, excuse me for my skepticism.
You literally started this post by blaming your victims for sharing what you did behind closed doors. That's not my idea of integrity. Though you HAVE proven you care about your reputation...
Ohhh honey, I've seen your pre-cockygate stuff and WOW. That post from 2015 going around... 😂
1. Giving blood-money to charity is still blood-money.
2. Shameless self-plug is shameless.
Money is fleeting. But books are forever."
Unless you can get the books permanently deleted and have all merchandise, promotional materials, and physical copies sent to you to destroy at your discretion, like what you ask for in your court case.
That's all. Just that.
I think that's enough of a reason to take a stand."
Okay, so it's definitely over, right? That's the end of the blog post? You're not gonna-
OH COME ON, another false-ending??? Yeesh, why do you keep closing things off and then continuing with more stuff? It's like your book-stuffing 1500 word 1900 page KU books all over again!
Maybe the vast majority of YOUR PERCEIVED WORLD is still with you, but seriously, the REAL vast majority is so done right now. Just sayin'.
I'd say I'm amazed you still do, but after reading this, I can understand why they're misled.
For your friends and family.
For your readers.
For your cast and crew.
For your future."
NO JOKE SHE PUT IN ALL THOSE SPACES HERSELF 😂
Faleena's long pauses translate to the written word VERY well.
And this is true for every single person on the planet...
Nobody can rob that light from inside of you, unless you let them."
Your light appears skin-deep, unfortunately. That's why you're so mad about 'sharing.'
Nobody can tell you who you are."
No, but we can perceive it. I'm glad you love yourself, I really am, that's a hard thing to accomplish, but your actions have made it VERY clear who you are.
Then they don't get it.
They aren't your people."
And here, we again see denial and justification for her actions. If we don't like the way she treats us, we just "don't understand" her like HER people do.
1. Bullying others is "reaching for a star."
2. YOU AREN'T HARRY POTTER.
Yes. 100% agree. Reacting to being threatened, bullied, and harassed is not a sign of who YOU are, but a sign of who the person threatening, bullying, and harassing you is. Well said. I'd give 5⭐️ but 'Zon might delete it.
Only Light makes shadows disappear."
Actually, light is what causes the existence of shadows, so...
Also I thought you didn't LIKE it when light gets shined on what you do in private.
And then she posts like ten screenshots of good reviews, supposedly to prove she has them even though "give her a compliment and watch her shoot it down" or something idk. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
AND THAT'S THE END