Happy New Year folks! I hope everyone is having a splendid new year so far.
Like every new year, I change the appearance of my website. Unfortunately, this year, the change came early due to some unforeseen circumstances.
Last week, a cover model took to social media with a rant on obesity that spread like a wildfire through the author community and publishing industry. Not only did he get the attention of many authors, but he also gained the attention of readers.
This cover model didn’t say anything new in his explosive post. People have been preaching about the obesity problem in the US for years. However, the tone he used to express his thoughts on obesity is what really got people’s attention. The words “fat” and “lazy” were often used throughout his post. Instead of encouraging those who are overweight to seek a healthier lifestyle, he used his platform to belittle and berate women of a particular size. And I say women because his rant was directly geared toward women.
Although he’s not the first model to go on such a rant, I thought he was better than that. I was disappointed in him. Of course, once he set that dumpster fire, authors and readers alike lashed out at him. He, in turn, lashed back and his comments grew nastier and nastier. This showed me that I didn’t know him like I thought I did, and that he was indeed a crappy human being.
I won’t say his name. He knows who he is, and by now, I’m pretty sure a lot of you know who he is as well.
After that debacle, I decided to cut ties with him. I will no longer use any of his images on my work, my blog nor my website.
Thankfully, his face is only on one of my book covers. I will leave it as it is since that story is more than five years old. However, his face was plastered all over my website. Yikes! Thanks to the quick work of my cover artist, that is no longer a problem.
I plan to make more changes to my website within the next few months, but until then, back into the writing cave I go. Catch ya’ later, folks!