Robert Muchamore, well-known as one of the most straight-talking of children’s writers, not afraid to make derogatory comments about fellow authors, has done a Daniel Handler and offered up say-sorry money for remarks made on his Facebook page.
Although the comments (about a group of women he characterised as lesbians) were made on Facebook, the very precise sum of atonement has been calculated on the basis of his Twitter followers.
£10K sounds like a lot of money to put in the shouldn’t-have-said-that jar, but Muchamore is astute enough to know that it will buy, in addition to a modicum of forgiveness, a good amount of national publicity.
YA author Robert Muchamore is donating £10,218 to LGBT charities after making a “cheap shot” about lesbians on his public Facebook page.
Muchamore said he will split the money, which is £1 for every one of his 10,218 followers onTwitter, between four different charities.
His promise comes after he voiced insulting criticism of a group of women who were protesting about the new "Fifty Shades of Grey" film.
“I was venting because I was extremely pissed off about being shouted at and called a rapist by a group of protesters when I went to see ’50 Shades of Grey’. But since I’m not five years old I can’t use ‘they started it,’ as a defence and I therefore apologise to everyone I pissed off,” he later said on his Facebook page. “Rather than try to justify myself or drone on about what a nice guy I am and how I have lots of gay friends and write books full of positive gay role models, I thought it would be better to make an actual difference to the lives of LGBT people.”
James Dawson has had a very strong year.
In early summer Hot Key Books released his horror novel, Say Her Name, and the paperback edition of the 2013 murder mystery Cruel Summer was released by Indigo in August.
That was not all….
In September Hot Key Books released his well-received non-fiction title This Book Is Gay.
Not only that, but earlier in the year he was crowned Queen of Teen.
He acknowledges the support of his readers and fans, as well as picking his five favourite books of the year, in this YouTube video (in which he is accompanied by his ‘little friend Prince’):
Next year seems set to be just as strong, with (according to the video) two new books in the pipeline – a new novel from Hot Key scheduled for March and presumably one also from Orion/Indigo.
***UPDATE*** Just been advised by Hot Key Books that BOTH new titles are with them
His author website only gives details of books already published. It’s not yet responsive, but IS WordPress designed, so Dawson will find it easy to change to a new WP theme that will reshape the design for different screen sizes.
The Bookseller reports:
Penguin Children’s has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights for a YA contemporary romance about two teenage boys falling in love, entitled Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by debut author Becky Albertalli.
The book will publish early 2015.