Several frustrations about my work with the ULA:
The ease with which the opposition implanted its talking points into ULAers. Which led, ultimately, to my being blamed for every ULA failure, while our successes apparently dropped from the sky.
Draw an analogy to a Delorean-style car company taking on the then-giants in the 1970's. Imagine the company attacked, with focus of criticism on the head guy. (DeLorean of course was set-up personally.) ANYTIME you compete with a monopoly you're going to create enemies. The front guy is always going to be attacked, and-- as with DeLorean-- destroyed. Toward myself, too many ULAers took the "blame the victim" stance. The fault for opposition to us was mine. Why? For competing TOO WELL; for being too vociferous, and therefore "alienating" competitors and their flunkies who'd never give us the time of day anyway.
Because some ULAers wanted to buy the myth of the level playing field, it was easy for them to be panicked and stampeded by any anti-Wenclas statement made by low-level literati. The thinking: it's him who's the problem, not us, so let's throw him to the wolves and everything will be okay. Which is what happened. ULA solidarity, so necessary, was broken time after time.
I see no difference between anonymous hate mail sent in letters to someone (which I've received) and anonymous comments posted on a blog. The motivation is the same-- to harass and embarrass the person without attribution, responsibility, or repercussions. The goal isn't to debate-- but on the contrary to close off discomforting debate.
It's amazing how consistently my opponents across the board held to the same script. To the end they didn't vary from it. This includes the entire parade of false characters from "Bryan Guski" to "Jimmy Grace" to "Quilty 10" to "Harland/May" to those behind the many anti-ULA blogs that popped up regularly.
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
The inability of so many concerned parties to answer ANY questions about these matters-- to instead stonewall or run away-- raised more questions.
There were four main internal disputes in the ULA: in 2001, 2005, early 2007, and late 2007. The final one succeeded in detaching me. What was gained?
I was in the dark about each of them; was caught by surprise-- blindsided-- and have yet to receive about them a credible explanation. Given that, is it any wonder I've had it with all writers?
A major impetus behind the ULA campaign was a search for truth; for honesty and transparency; which proved to be elusive even within the ULA organization.
(p.s. My serial novel is ongoing at www.literarymystery.blogspot.com. About a dozen sharp chapters to come.)