Open Letter to Faleena Hopkins

What an author tribe can prevent?

Cassie Sharp


This is not a hate letter.

This is not a public shaming, or a “stoning.”

Now that that’s out of the way, we can move on. So, who the fuck am I, and why the hell am I writing you a letter? In short, I’m Cassie Sharp. I am an indie author. I do not write romance. I feel like I need to make that clear, so you aren’t thinking this is a plea for you to do anything. I will not personally be affected by your TM of the word “cocky.” I write mystery/suspense/thrillers, so unless I want to title a book, The Cocky Detective Who Almost Doesn’t Catch the Psychopath, and somehow categorize it in a romance genre, your TM isn’t going to deter the titling of any current or future works of mine.

Because I’m an author, I’ve been following this madness closely. In my mind, the thought…

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2 thoughts on “Open Letter to Faleena Hopkins

  1. Wow. Some backstory here apparently. The blog chain as epistolary, trying to figure out what the original post was about and the chain of events that led to the message seen here.


    • It’s a little crazy. An Indy author trademarked the word ‘cocky’ in romance series and then sent anyone with that word in any romance books cease and desist letters. Amazon started taking down books. It’s one of those things people are watching with broad impact, not only on romance, but the whole publishing industry.


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