One was a writer who argued with me about YouWriteOn's vanity-publishing scheme. I didn't object to his arguing: we are all entitled to express our own opinions. But I did object to his sneering and insults, and to his somewhat abstract leaps of logic, and they led to me telling him to leave.
Another was a writer who repeatedly used to this blog as a forum in which to insult and libel others. I deleted his comments and warned him that I would delete anything else that he contributed. He has now mostly shut up, although he does still try his luck from time to time (without any success, I’m glad to say).
The third was a writer who asked me for help in finding an agent or a publisher. A quick look at her work confirmed that she was nowhere near ready for publication; and the publishers who had asked to see more of her work were both of the pay-to-play variety. When I advised her to revise more, and avoid those publishers, she sent me several angry emails and wrote a couple of long blog posts about how rude and discouraging I had been; and when I tried to reply to her blog-posts, she deleted my comments.
She made potentially libellous comments about me on a few other blogs; she visited the blogs of bannee number two and tried to poke him into action again; and she emailed friends of mine, warning them against me.
A couple of months later she emailed me, asking for advice on a couple more (you've guessed it) vanity presses; and ended with a postscript which explained how she had forgiven me for my rudeness towards her.
I ignored her email and a few days later she emailed me again only her tone was a little less friendly. I continued to ignore her; she continued to email me every few days, becoming ruder each time.
When her e-mails finally became threatening I replied. I told her I wouldn't respond to any more of them, and that I didn't want to hear from her ever again, and that was pretty much it. Until yesterday. Guess who I had an e-mail from?
Hello, Jane, remember me? It's your old friend [name withheld] here, wondering why I haven't heard from you. The good news is that I got a publisher interested in publishing my book. The printing is going to cost me £2,750 but I think my writing is worth investing in. What do you think?She's not going to like my reply.