Stuff in the ‘Melissa Schorr’ Category

3 November, 2017

SHAME NATION: The New Global Epidemic of Online Hate, Sue Scheff with Melissa Schorr

In today’s digitally driven world, disaster is only a click away.

Foreword by Monica Lewinsky

A rogue tweet could bring down a business; an army of trolls can run a celebrity off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage.

Shame Nation:  The Global Epidemic of Online Hate (Sourcebooks, October 2017) is the first book to both study the fascinating phenomenon of online shaming, and offer practical guidance and inspiring advice on how to prevent and protect against cyber blunders and faceless bullies. Author and acclaimed Internet safety expert Sue Scheff unveils all sides of an issue that it only becoming more relevant day by day while drawing from the expertise of other top professionals spanning fields including law, psychology, and reputation management.

From damning screenshots to revenge porn, Shame Nation shines a light on the rising trend of an online shame culture and empowers readers to take charge of their digital lives.

Engaging, sharp, and important – SHAME NATION will inspire you to open your eyes and be better in society’s growing cyber culture.” – Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions and Deputy Director of Intelligence on CBS’ Hunted

“A leading expert in the digital world, Scheff offers the latest insight as to why people publicly shame each other and will equip readers with the tools to protect themselves from what has now become the new Scarlet Letter.” – Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying

“No one can share how to overcome digital shaming better than Sue Scheff.” – Michele Borba, author of Unselfie

Sue Scheff is a parent advocate who founded Parents’ Universal Resources Experts in 2001. She has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, ABC News, BBC Radio, and NPR, discussing Internet defamation as well as her work helping troubled teens and their families through her organization.

Melissa Schorr is a widely published freelance journalist and the author of the young adult cyberbullying story Identity Crisis and the humorous Goy Crazy. Her journalism has appeared in such publications as Wired, Glamour, InStyle, Esquire, Marie Claire, and the Wall Street Journal. Schorr lives outside Boston with her husband and daughters.



10 January, 2017


Sue Scheff is a nationally-recognized speaker, parent advocate and internet safety expert. She is the founder of Parents’ Universal Resource Experts, Inc., an informational resource for parents struggling with challenging teenagers. She is also the author of the upcoming SHAME NATION: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate (coming Fall 2017 from Sourcebooks) which dives into the dark side of today’s digital reality where countless people are being electronically embarrassed each day, whether it’s from trolling, cyber-slamming, digital drama, revenge porn, sexting, doxing, hacking or other malicious virtual take-downs. This culture of destroying people with the simple stroke of a keyboard is much more than a fadit’s the new normal. SHAME NATION will survey the wreckage of the most shocking digital debacles, revealing how truly pervasive this phenomenon has become, and advising what we as concerned citizens need to do about it. This book will tap into a nerve in popular culture about our fascination and fear of digital shaming, sprinkling actual social media posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more to illustrate how unbelievably mean things have actually become. The book will also provide practical solutions on how to handle a cyber-disaster, should one occur, as well as guide individuals how to recover from the emotional aftermath of a digital shaming.

Scheff’s previous books Wit’s End! Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen (HCI, 2008), and Google Bomb! How the $11.3M Verdict Changed the Way We Use the Internet (HCI, 2009), co-authored by the late John Dozier,  recount her personal story of being victimized online and cyber-stalked due to her advocacy work with troubled teens. She went on to win a 2006 landmark case for internet defamation and invasion of privacy. Since then, her name and voice have become synonymous with helping others who have been victims of online abuse as well as educating people of all ages about the importance of good digital citizenship and protecting their online reputation.

Today she is a much sought after expert who has been featured on major media outlets including GMA, CBS This Morning, ABC News, 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, Dr. Phil, CNN, Anderson Cooper, CBS Nightly News, Lifetime, Fox News, CBC, BBC, Dr. Drew HLN, CNN Headline News, InSession Court TV, and noted major publications such as USA Today, AARP, Parenting Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Forbes, Sun-Sentinel, Asian Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, and many more.

13 May, 2016

SHAME NATION: Preventing, Surviving and Overcoming Digital Disaster, Sue Scheff and Melissa Schorr

Internet safety expert Scheff and journalist Schorr document the rise of cyber-shaming such as trolling, revenge porn, sexting scandals, email hacks, and cyber-lynchings and tell us what we need to do to protect ourselves (and others) as well as how to recover from an attack after it happens. (Sourcebooks/World English/2017)

9 January, 2016


Identity Crisis

In her debut Young Adult novel from Merit Press, Melissa Schorr spins a riveting tale of social media revenge.

Who does she think she is? Annalise’s audacious freshman-year hookup with Cooper Franklin has a trio of friends thirsting for revenge. So they catfish Annalise by creating the perfect virtual guy, with Noelle playing along reluctantly only because her lifelong crush, Cooper, is in love with Annalise. As Annalise falls for it, even buying tickets for the concert of the year for her and her mythical new guy, Noelle feels more and more guilty. Then, the whole thing blows up and Annalise faces her betrayers. But when Annalise forgives, the reunited friends learn that adults–even famous adults–can be even more bogus than teenagers.


“Annalise…discovers that she’s been the victim of a ‘catfishing’ prank. How this melodrama plays out is unconventional and worth the read. Schorr creates a robust and likable character in Annalise…. The writing and language are fluid and blend seamlessly with the mood of the book. A solid additional purchase for large YA collections.”–School Library Journal

“Teenage girls play out a revenge drama online only to discover that there’s no hiding one’s true identity. A crowd pleaser…for teens looking for love in all the wrong places, this social media fable is dramatized with love triangles, revenge, and rock-‘n’-roll.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Catfishing is used as a way to get revenge in this social-media-themed cautionary tale. Each girl’s personal discoveries and growth make this a strong choice for libraries and a good discussion starter about social media and bullying.” –Booklist

3 November, 2015


Melissa Schorr 2A native New Yorker, Melissa Robin Schorr grew up loving to read, write in her diaries, and dream of someday publishing books of her own.  After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, she studied journalism at Northwestern University to purse writing full-time for newspapers and magazines.

In the course of her journalism career, she stalked celebrities for People magazine, visited a nudist colonyIdentity Crisis for the Las Vegas Sun, and edited a matchmaking column for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. In 1996, she wrote an essay for GQ magazine titled “The Joy of Goys” about her propensity for dating non-Jewish men. That article got her the attention of a literary agent, and ultimately, a book deal with Hyperion to write her first young adult novel, “GOY CRAZY,” a romantic comedy about interfaith dating described as “droll and sharp,” by Kirkus Reviews.

Digging back into her childhood diaries, she contributed an essay on being bullied in middle school for the anthology “DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell their Stories.” She expands upon the topic in her upcoming book IDENTITY CRISIS (Merit Press, January 2016), this time, instead of delving into her own past, tackling the experience of modern-day cyberbullying in the high-tech age.

She currently lives outside Boston with her two daughters, her husband and her terrier, Bailey. Connect with her at her website, or her Facebook fan page, or on Twitter @MelissaSchorr.