The Right to Reach for the Stars

DragonI was recently approached by a fellow writer who loves to write erotic romance. She expressed an interest, once the whole spit and polish is complete, in submitting to my favorite publisher Evernight Publishing. I was taken aback when she asked me if it was okay. Perhaps flabbergasted is a better word. Who am I to tell her she can’t do that? It’s not my precious and no one else’s.

What kind of Mickey Mouse high school bullshit is going on here?

Then she hits me with the bomb that someone was passive aggressive toward her when she expressed interest in submitting to a publishing house they were an author with.

Seriously, why would any one do that to another author? Did that ugly green monster dry hump their leg one too many times? Are they afraid of being up staged? Suck it up, bitch. You’re not the special snowflake author at your publishing house. Unless your the owner and all those other author names just the alter egos you write under.

I realize there are vindictive authors out there who derive pleasure from putting down others. The old dog pile syndrome that I’ve talked about before. Since my first publication in 2010, I learned of rejection. It’s a hard lesson that I wonder if some of today’s youth even comprehend. For me, I want to always remember where I came from. Not so much bathe in failure but remember how hungry I was back then to get published. How other aspiring authors helped me gain confidence and find my feet. Through that, I’ve watched those same friends find success. More have joined are small little group and we don’t discourage any of them from joining the publishing houses we belong to.

That’s how it should be done. The only time you should discourage someone from going with a particular publisher is if you know they don’t have the author’s best interests in mind. I’ve been there and done that. Wish them success in their own way. It’s a hard road and not everyone will be able to survive on their author royalties alone.

Be encouraging, people. Be good to one another.