Happy Tuesday, folks. I should probably warn you, this might get a tad ranty. As the title says, I’m talking mean girls today, specifically those in the author playground.
Hmm, yes. I heard something this week, which left me stumped, namely authors in one publishing house talking trash about a fellow author in the same house.
Come on now, peeps that is so not cool. Now, I get, it, personalities clash, things said are taken out of context, the ugly green-eyed monster rears its head…. we’re human… I. Get.It.
But for the love of all that is holy try to keep things professional, especially when you’re voicing such opinions in front of readers. It makes us all look bad and like the mean girls. Really, haven’t we left those antics behind on the playground?
We’ve said it many times on here, there is room for all of us. This is not a competition. Sure we’d all like to sell tonnes like some authors seem to do so effortlessly, and yeah, it can grate if you perceive your stories to be that much better than the ones that sell.
Here is the rub, though, that is just your perception. What sells, what doesn’t, what grabs a reader’s attention is all so very subjective and that is as it should be.
There are as many different stories and authors out there as there are readers, and that is a good thing.
Variety is the spice of life and all that. There have been plenty of times I read something and shaken my head in wonder, and asked how the hell?
That’s fine, we’re all entitled our opinions. What none of us is entitled to do is voice those opinions at the expense of some one else’s feelings, especially when they’re not in the room, so to speak to give their side of the story.
And this is the other thing. There are always, always two sides to every story, or more if more than two people are involved.
And here is the other rub, both sides of that story might be right. So much is down to individual perception of things, after all. Rarely do two people see exactly the same thing, or take away the same impression from a book, painting, even a conversation.
What has sparked all this, you might ask. Well, if you’re one of the people involved and you’re squirming in your seat right now, take a good long hard look in the mirror, that’s all I’m going to say.
None of us is perfect. We all make mistakes, that’s a given, but there is never, ever an excuse for being one of the mean girls.
To further clarify, as far as I know, no-one has been spouting rubbish about me, or if they have I’m blissfully unaware.
And you know something else, knock yourself out if you are. That sort of thing always says more about the person who’s doing it then the person they’re talking about.
It reminds me of when I first started what you would call high school in the UK back in the day in Germany. I very quickly fell in with the popular crowd. I was tall, reasonably pretty, skinny, and sporty if a tad quiet.
I was happy with the status quo, why wouldn’t I be, until the new girl started. She was on the chubby side, with dark hair and ugly glasses, none of which were her fault, and of course, the popular crowd picked on her straightway.
Well, I’m happy to say my gran raised me better than that. I couldn’t just stand by and join in with the taunting. I stood up for that girl, and we became the best of friends. Naturally, that also ended my spell as the popular girl. I became the picked on one, but you know what?
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that. I learned a valuable lesson back then, to be myself, to not be a sheep, to not follow any bandwagon and to stand for what I believe in.
What you see is what you get with me, and that can be brutal honesty at times. It’s a shame most folks don’t seem capable of extending that same courtesy.
*side note… Jamie…. Outlander….drool*
Erm, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was ranting, as I do. 😉
Seriously, though, let’s stop the playground mentality and support each other. Don’t be the mean girl. We’re all better than that.
And another side note, with all this drama seemingly going on behind the scenes all the time, how does anyone find time to, you know, actually write.
Baffles me, I have to say.
Anyhoo, that’s enough from me today and my attempt at putting the world to rights. ( I wish!)
Stay naughty, folks.