I just wanted to take a brief moment to comment on something – this business can seem overwhelming at times. So much going on, much of it out of your control as an author. It’s big and sometimes scary.
First: Your success does not need to come at the expense of anyone else.
What I mean is, I see a whole lot of backbiting and nastiness from some authors when others do well. Lots of “well she has XYZ and I don’t” None of that matters. You have what you have. Be that your deal, your book the time of year it comes out, the amount of publisher support, etc. Whining about how YOU can’t get something because of all these factors doesn’t actually help you. It doesn’t change space/time to make things different. It just makes you look like a petty whiner.
None of our success exists in a vacuum. Many people have helped me achieve what I have today and I’d say the same of most everyone’s success. We can CELEBRATE other people’s good news without it meaning we have less. And if we can’t, it’s better to just SIT DOWN and SHUT UP than to act like a diva and throw a fit when someone else has a good day.
Second: If you happen upon a post from another author telling her first sale/call story – please refrain from taking out your personal issues with that publisher out on said author.
What I mean is this, one of my friends recently wrote her “call” story for her publisher’s blog. I happen to love call and first sale stories and I think they’re one of the things that keep us all going when times might get rough. Also, the author telling that story has a right to rejoice in it instead of having some jackwagon with issues come and post his nasty commentary just to be petty. Also, it wasn’t even correct commentary, not that it will stop this person. Don’t be a dick, people. If you have issues, address them in the proper way/forum. And that’s not in the comment thread of anyone else’s blog post.
Just, you know, don’t be a dick and be kind to people who deserve that kindness.