Episode 24 – The YA Mafia

Holy crap, you guys! This week author/blogger/jealous hater Jenny Trout has kindly agreed to sit in and discuss some old-ass author drama that still strikes fear in the hearts of young bloggers everywhere: The YA Mafia. Who’s ready to get blacklisted from the publishing industry? We are!

Also in this episode: tangents, loud dogs (sorry!), the pitch for Jenny Trout’s new bitchin’ web series, a very serious discussion about British classism, and Buffy parody porn.

This is a semi-sequel/prequel to our Author-Reader Interaction episode, so you may be interested in going back and giving that one a listen first. BUT it’s not required.

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So what do you guys think? Which is worse, authors passive-aggressively threatening readers, or Buffy/Giles? It’s kind of a tie for me.

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Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.


  • RobotLurker

    December 11, 2014

    I want to make a well-thought out response but I’ve listened to this twice now and all I can manage is an incoherent squeal because oh my gosh some of my favourite people on the internet TOGETHER and talking for an hour about something I totally remember happening! And all the glee I had at the time because I love watching drama unfold on the internet but now it’s even BETTER because cool people on the internet are wordsing about it! *EEEEEEEE*

    This was awesome, you’re all awesome *fangirls really hard* <3

    • Cyna


      December 12, 2014

      😀 Glad you liked it!<3 We had a lot of fun making it~

  • Elspeth Grey

    December 12, 2014

    I’m so excited to hear you guys together! MADE MY DAY.

    I think the point Jenny made about the role facebook plays in a lot of these errors says a lot about how the erosion of public/private divides online has really allowed a lot of bad behavior.

  • Tez Miller

    December 19, 2014

    You all have much better memories than I do! I only remember the gist, and not the exact people involved. I don’t remember Sparkle Project, but I do remember the YA Mafia.

    Anyway, thanks for discussing, and for providing resource links 🙂


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