I don't recall ever seeing the term literary bully before, and since I may be the first to coin it, let me give you my definition of it. A literary bully is someone who, like most bullies:
- Believes, and wants you to believe, they are superior to you on whatever literary subject it is they are talking down to you about at the moment. They seem to get some sort of sick personal gratification by making you feel small and inferior compared to their vast knowledge of the subject being discussed at the time. They will constantly litter their posts with dry, bored words to let you know just how far down their nose they are having to look just to see you.
- Though a part of the Indie world, they assure you they wouldn't be caught dead reading an Indie book. Kinda gives you the sense that maybe one rejection letter too many from the Big 5 has truly made them bitter, or surely they wouldn't be a part of the industry they so obviously despise.
- They criticize your book(s), or any part of it, in a manner that lets you know they could have done it better. After they rip you in every way possible, they'll then digress a bit once they've accomplished what they set out to do: completely undermine you confidence and enthusiasm. They'll assure that they didn't actually mean it that way, but... Of course, the damage has already been done.
We are Indie authors! We've entered this brave new world known as Indie Publishing and are all eager to make our mark. We will make our mistakes, and do our best to learn from them, but we will never give up!
My advice to any one of you the next time you come across a literary bully? Tell them to piss off and shut them down. Shrinking away from people like this only makes them feel more empowered, but the fact is YOU are the one who has the power. Use it.