It all started quietly enough. A writer finds her work on a cooking magazine’s blog, finds it has also been published in print by them, and contacts the publisher in hopes to get a retraction and a small monetary donation to a group of her choice in lieu of payment. An editor at the publication responds, telling the writer to be grateful they picked it up; it was poorly written and, really, the writer should be paying the editor for work instead. Wow. Really? What’s a writer to do?
The writer’s plight spreads like wildfire on Twitter, and an outraged public continues to defend the writer via retweets and updates. This pushes the story from friends up the ladder, to users that have far greater followers than the friends of the writer have. Like ripples from the initial stone toss, the story continues to make waves throughout the social networking community.