Does Barbara Ehrenreich get rape threats??
January 31, 2014 1:41 PM Subscribe
Um, hi guys. I know there are some other writers on MeFi (help me PhoBWanKenobi...
) and I've seen a few previous questions here about writing fiction and non-fiction, but I think my Ask is specific enough to have merit:
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OK. I'm writing a 100% non-fiction memoir of my working life in the US (a la Mrs. Ehrenreich), and I want to self-publish it on a website that my kids can read when they grow up. I'm not expecting it to turn into a real book - but I am interested in media attention, and if this thing gets legs I'm kind of worried about former co-workers.
1. Do I need to worry about accusations of libel by people I've depicted negatively? (Of course the names have been changed.)
2. There's also one (American) company that I mention by name -- because I have nice things to say -- is that OK? I mention MeFi by name too!
I'm not worried about people finding out who I am, necessarily - but the most I'm hoping for here is a gawker write up and maybe I'll get some paid writing gigs out of it. Maybe I'll see my work on the blue (it also includes art). That's as much attention as I WANT, but I could end up with *crickets* or it could be... well, constant rape threats and "who do you think you are" racist email rants. (Oh, hi, I'm black and I live in Louisiana.) Also not trying to get sued. It is intended as a missive to my children, but also a time capsule, which is why I want it to be "out there in the world." I know these stories will resonate with other people. I don't know if I can handle the backlash, though - I'm sensitive anyway and now I'm pregnant.
3. Should I try to remain anonymous?? I could easily be found out anyway, right?
Hmm. The specific questions seem so lame, but really I'm worried about opening up my life to scrutiny. On the internet. Like, these stories are mostly about the economy, but I called Atlanta a "cesspool". Is that enough to make someone come after me? (Yikes.) I have a six year old step-daughter. I certainly don't want anyone digging up dirt on my husband, or my mom (both mentioned.)
I have a very short-time frame for publishing. I'm itching to start posting stories right now, but I feel like I should either keep it private (not what I want) or use a pseudonym (what say you?)