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Statement

Earlier today, we made the decision to pull a post by one of our esteemed contributors, Juliet Marillier. Backlash over her essay, reflecting on personal disappointment over a reader’s letter, had grown, and people came to us with concerns. However due to the time zone differences for Juliet, who lives in Australia, she was unable to respond to those concerns throughout the day. In the end, we felt it in her and everyone’s best interests to remove the post, allow Juliet time to absorb the conflict, and respond. She has done that now.

She asked us to let you all know that she’s sorry if her post upset or offended anyone. That was not her intention. She regrets the choice to show the reader’s email in full, as she deeply values her relationship with her readers.

We value our relationship with our readers as well—our WU community—and we value our relationship with Juliet, who has been with WU since 2007.

We’d like to remind everyone that our moderators retain the right to delete comments deemed offensive or inappropriate. If you’d like to ensure that your comments are posted, please refrain from personal attacks and digs, and engage in courteous debate. It also seems a good time to remind everyone that one contributor’s views are not necessarily shared by the other contributors at Writer Unboxed. Each contributor’s views are his or her own, and each contributor has an invitation to share those views here.

Thank you, and write on.

About [1]

Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between Therese Walsh [2] and Kathleen Bolton [3] in 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~50 regular contributors--including bestselling authors and industry leaders--and frequent guests. In 2014, the first Writer Unboxed UnConference (part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair) [4] was held in Salem, MA. Learn more about our 2019 event, ESCAPE TO WuNDERLAND, on Eventbrite. [5] In 2016, the Writer Unboxed team published a book with Writer's Digest. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published [6] has been well-received by readers who seek help in overcoming the hurdles faced at every step of the novel-writing process--from setting goals, researching, and drafting to giving and receiving critiques, polishing prose, and seeking publication. James Scott Bell has said of the guide, "Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." You can follow Writer Unboxed on Twitter [7], and join our thriving Facebook community [8].