Katiebabs is a self-proclaimed present day bluestocking with her head always in a book. She runs her own book blog called Babbling about Books and More!
Hale is being hosted at a library festival: http://dailyegyptian.com/literary-festival-hosts-new-york-author-2/
Some quotes from the article shows that Hale is thrilled by the attention she is getting, regardless of how negative it is:
"Hale said although the situation is difficult, it led to a rewarding moment in her career, being the third most read author on The Guardian two consecutive days.
“This came with its fair share of [criticism] from people who didn’t read the piece and have little-to-no understanding of journalism,” she said. “So that was hard, but I’m getting used to feedback of all kinds.”
She thinks her article is an example of investigative journalism. Swallow that if you can.
Also people have short memories. I don't think anything will come of this situation with Hale. She probably thinks any press, even negative press is great for her and her brand of whatever she is. More than a few authors, like Anne Rice, who I have lost so much respect for are applauding Hale for what she has done to a blogger, taking her word at face value and not caring about facts or caring to see any proof.
Authors and publishers are right there to use readers and book bloggers to promote their books and rave about any positive reviews or promotion readers or bloggers give, but the one instant a reader or blogger gives negative feedback in the form of a review on Goodreads or elsewhere, some authors are right there to villainize a reader or a blogger as being jealous or just mean or hating.
What if all book blogs or even a online source like Goodreads disappeared? Most authors, who have become successful in the past few years have done so because of the word of mouth of book bloggers and Goodreads. Imagine if publishers or authors didn't have these sources?