My question to you is this, dear readers. When you see or hear about these author meltdowns, does it influence your buying behavior? I ask because one school of thought tells us that no publicity is bad--even if people are talking about you for the wrong reasons, it still gets your name out there. Perhaps this is another example of infamy being better than obscurity.
Personally, I think meltdowns by new authors can be the kiss of death. You (in the general sense) have not yet developed a forgiving fan base, and why would you want your name associated with any kind of negativity? Maybe I'm wrong, but I think those authors who have written a gajillion NYT bestsellers have a sufficiently large fan base that even when said author is being obnoxious, enough of their fans won't see it that way, and will continue to buy their books. Of course, you don't write a gajillion NYT bestsellers unless you're a professional, and professionals tend to conduct themselves as such.
What are your thoughts?