The Kinship of Authors

What I like when you dip your feet into the pool of publishing is the new friends you make in the writing community. Whether it’s your publisher’s group or even a writing community. It’s a great feeling. Social media and the like have made it easier to become friends with people from several different countries.

I love to read about their latest release and sometime wait anxiously for the next. Granted, I’m a space-it-out person. In the big publishing world, I have three authors I pre-order their books as soon as I see them. Nope, not naming them. I’m lucky if I get a book a year from them and honestly, that’s plenty. If they were the only authors I read I’d cry a river but I’m a little more diversse than that.

Now there is a dark side to everything. I don’t notice this from the bigger authors I follow so much but it does happen. I’ll friend about anyone but I’ll cull what I see in a heartbeat if I feel that it’s becoming a bit much.

Maybe you might recognize some like the following:

The Over Achiever: Constantly updates their status on everything, anything pertaining to their books to the point of overkill. Your Facebook wall looks like a harlot’s den of their promotional materials.

Me, Me, Gimme, Gimme: Self-absorbed and only thinks about promoting their own works. Doesn’t offer a spot on their blog for another author but tramps around to get their stuff noticed on other blogs. Say the words ‘quid pro quo’ to them and most likely they look like a canine when a dog whistle is blown.

Pity Me: Looks for sympathy over bad reviews about their books. Not the one-star drive bys but the indepth ones that point out the flaws. They want that pat on the back at tells them everything’s going to be all right. If you find the irony in this because their sales don’t reflect the poor rating, thumbs up to you. See also: Attention Whore.

Attention Whore: Any conversation they have, whether started by them or another, instantly becomes all about them. Never mind you’re celebrating an acheivement in your world. It’s like someone squeezing into a circle of your friends while you go over the latest feat your child did only to have a wallet full of photos from the cut-in queen on their super awesome mage sports offspring.

I really hope to not be or ever be this way. I love my readers but I also know (or hope) they are diverse like me. Too many authors out there to only give one love, IMO. That’s why I like to feature other authors here without expecting a spot on their blog. It’s about them, not me. Though, I will say I have excellent friends and most are more than happy to ante up a little quid pro quo.

*The artwork pictured is one of my original combination handdrawn and digital composition works.

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