This is a bit of a long story, so please bare with me.
About a month ago I submitted a story to an anthology being put together as part of a big Facebook book event. I had a great time with the event and made some cool new friends.
The event was run by Gary Munford and Catt Dahman, they also put the book together. They accepted every story and seem to have done no editing (from my read through of the pdf) and the formatting is atrocious.
The problem came in when I pointed out that the cover was unprofessional and could hurt sales. This is the cover:
This was my comment on the Facebook group where the book was being discussed. They openly talked about progress and Gary gave many updates and posted the TOC here as well. So I thought it was a reasonable place to raise my concern.
As you can see, they quickly asked me not to say anything negative and I responded with a (sincere) apology.
I withdrew my story:
Since then, I have been vilified in the group:
Had my career threatened:
I posted the cover image on my private, restricted Facebook wall to ask my friends what they thought of the cover.
I was quickly trolled by two guys from the group who were very rude:
Then Nick posted this to his personal timeline, cutting out the rude interactions of his own:
(My suggestion to post it to Lousy Book Covers came after Nick demanded evidence that I wasn't the only person who didn't like the cover.)
While Gary has been cool, Catt and the other members of the group have been terrible, harassing me and threatening my career because I pointed out my opinion of the cover in a gentle but direct manner.
Criticism is part of this profession and if you can't take it you shouldn't be trying to make books.
I would recommend that authors stay clear of these people because they are unprofessional and treat you very badly if you disagree with their hand-holding mentality.