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.

Social Media: I Don’t Get It

The balance between over saturation and obscurity. I’m not sure where the line begins or ends, really. My blog, for instance, usually has a guest post/book promo on Fridays. On Wednesdays, I attempt to have something remotely original. Of course I don’t always hold fast to that rule. My true balancing act is keeping something going here and working on my latest project while working my bread winner 9 to 5 job.

wpid-20140517_210903.jpgI’ve followed blogs that post everyday.Thousands of words and huge lists I have trouble focusing on and ultimately, it loses my interest. The sad part is the content is great. On the other hand, I follow a blog that posts nearly everyday but limits the post–except for the occasional guest spot–to around 250 words, 500 at the most. That’s about a page worth of text. It makes for a light read and engaging conversation. I try to do this concept but admit that sometimes I, too, go over.

Don’t get me wrong–I’ve read 100k books in record time. However, I always switch to a book of short stories or a novella afterwards. It’s a snack between seven course meals so to speak.

Being a writer also means I have to promote my books. Sure my publisher does some of the leg work but ultimately I’m the one that needs to push my latest novel. What’s the balance? On Facebook, I have a rule of trying to do one post a day. This blog is attached to it so that’s at least two a weeks taken care of. Still, I can fall short and I love to engage.

But what about Facebook groups or other social media such as Twitter, messageboards, Pinterest, and the like? I’ve seen select groups have the same author pummel a group with post after post about their latest and greatest. Personally, it turns me off. I read a post a while back that nailed a lot of do and do not’s of Facebook.

I won’t even get into how I was ‘duped’ into joining Pinterest.

I have several drafts, this a former one, of topics I wanted to write about. I hope to do that soon. My main focus, however, will be on some unfinished manuscripts. Resolutions  aren’t my thing. It’s like drawing a line and laughing at it as I walk away.

One thing, though this whole social media is daunting for an introvert like me, I will make sure I answer anyone who converses with me. I don’t ever want to forget that.

That’s for reading my gibberish. :)