Good morning all! Kacey here again. Happy Saturday and happy long weekend (at least here in Canada since Monday is Victoria Day).
This past week, in light of some recent events I have had experience with and things I’ve seen personally, I thought this week I’d speak a bit more from the heart. I try to do so every week, offering all authors — excperienced and aspiring — sound writing advice and all things positive if I can. This week though, it’s more a writer beware type advice I’m offering.
Read the photo below carefully…
Got it?? Understand it? It’s something I live by and really hope others will as well — the best they can. In this business it can be all fun and laughter, a lot of joy with every new release and plenty of confetti thrown when you contract a new story. However, there’s a dark side to this business that isn’t always talked about. It’s the side of jealousy, degrading people and making authors who might not reach same amount of sales as others feel as unimportant as gum on one’s shoe. It’s a nasty side of things that happens all too often. “Bigger” authors who think that their every word is spun with gold and don’t mind rubbing “lower” authors noses in it. These type of people get off on making others feel insignificant, and it’s disgusting to watch.
I’ve been subjected to this type of author/experience just recently and it’s a punch in the gut when it happens. This business is hard enough as it is without authors back stabbing or degrading others in our profession. All authors shed blood, sweat and tears over every book they write, it’s hard no matter who you are and it should be a chance for like-minded individuals to come together and lift one another up, share in the hardships and the triumphs. Unfortunately, not all authors feel this way. Some like to kick the “little” guys/gals to make themselves feel more important.
I’ve been very, very fortunate that every author I’ve worked with at Evernight Publishing has been top-notch in support and praise since I’ve been with this publishing house. And amazing as it is, yes we’re all “fighting” to hit that bestselling status or climbing the lists, but the Evernight authors are a family. Every one of them rallies around every new author/new release and lifts me up (all of us) with the support and understanding when I (we) are having a shitty day. And authors have shitty days! But no matter what’s going on with their own lives/stories/frustrating characters/worlds, they’ve all been super supportive.
Which is how it should be! I’ve also experienced this through authors that aren’t published with Evernight Publishing. I have critique partners outside of EP, as well as a few NY pubbed authors who are always there for me. Again, it’s how it should be!! It’s called kindness and understanding. There are bullies and underhanded people in the publishing business that everyone needs to be wary of.
To all authors, aspiring or otherwise, choose your inner circle of support and positive colleagues carefully. There are always going to be people in your careers that want nothing more than to knock you down or step all over in you in order to get ahead. Not everyone will have your best interest in mind. Surround yourself with positive people and forget anyone who only drags you down or speak nothing but negatives. Don’t hate on everyone, that’s not what I’m saying, just be cautious. Protect yourself and your work, be particular about who you share your work with. Be sure to choose wisely.
Choose very wisely.
Read the photo above again. Okay, now read it again. Rinse and repeat.
And always remember…
But, on a lighter note …
Until next week,