By the time I stopped writing it in early 2016, I’d received four death threats, thousands of “corrections,” and enough insult to last me a last me a lifetime. In any case, I tweeted this after finishing that column: “Everyone who’s gotten angry at 上 e of my columns should hear the stuff I don’t even bother to pitch.” The result was almost immediate; a bunch of 彩票app平台大全s said they wanted to read some of the stuff I didn’t bother to pitch to editors.
I’m all about making my friends happy, so I wrote the first incarnation of this list and it was published in a venue that’s now defunct. There were angry emails, insults, invitations to fight, blogs written in response, etc. Sadly, I see some of the same behavior that inspired that column still happening. So, 这里 we are. I’m ready to make some more friends. Let’s get started, shall we? Here are ten types of 彩票app平台大全s who can go fuck themselves (God I’m good at making friends!):
There are a bunch of 彩票app平台大全s out there who are constantly complaining about how hard editing is, how much it sucks to not be famous, how the market is flooded with books, how much rejection blows, how dumb agents are for not thinking their work is outstanding, how lonely this gig is, how most editors are idiots, and how they failed to meet their self-imposed word count for the day. Listen, if writing brings you nothing but pain, then maybe this isn’t the gig for you.
There are a bunch of 彩票app平台大全s out there who are constantly complaining about how hard editing is, how much it sucks to not be famous…[和]这场演出有多寂寞…
Seriously. Everyone’s an 彩票app平台大全. We need more educators, honest police officers, taxi drivers, cooks, etc. There are other options. Editing is how you make your work better. Stop bitching about it. Rejection is part of the game. If you can’t take it, don’t play. I received a rejection last week. Did I complain? No, I thanked the editor for his time and sat down to read the story and try to figure out how I can make it better before sending it elsewhere.
Two things are bound to happen if you do the writing thing long enough. The first is that some good folks will reach out and help you. There are a lot of great people in the publishing world, and they take the time to help others out. The second thing is that you will meet big name 彩票app平台大全s at conventions or readings or 上 line.
We all need as much help as we can get, but what we do is mostly up to us. That’s why it makes me angry when I see 彩票app平台大全s out there befriending successful 彩票app平台大全s just because they think that being friends with them is a quick path to publication or an agent or a blurb. Stop doing that. Riding someone’s coattails makes you look like an asshole. I know many successful 彩票app平台大全s and the 上 e thing they have in common is that they are humble people who sit down and put in the work.
You should do the same. 唐’t ask for handouts. 唐’t ask for agent introductions. 唐’t befriend editors just so they’ll put you in their anthologies. Oh, and don’t put up with bullshit from famous 彩票app平台大全s because you think 上 e day they’ll blurb your book.
Yeah, too many people do it and this is probably the entry that’s going to lead to the most hate. I don’t care. Pay attention to what people say about 彩票app平台大全s who do that and you’ll see I’m right. Sending a DM with a link to your book is the literary equivalent of the unsolicited dick pic. 唐’t do it.
Let me explain this 上 e before you react. I’ve seen too many 彩票app平台大全s who made their name with traditional narratives say that they now want to destroy narrative. I’ve also seen 彩票app平台大全s who have never sold a story say that their main goal is to destroy narrative. I’m all for destroying shit. We can start out by destroying patriarchy, racism, or transphobia.
However, when you say you want to destroy narrative, I have to stop, sit down, and analyze both your discourse and your work. Every time I’ve done that, the result is the same: usually it is an 彩票app平台大全 who sucks at storytelling, or a known 彩票app平台大全 who made his or her name writing traditional narratives, and is now out of ideas.
If you think every other 彩票app平台大全 out there is your enemy, you can go fuck yourself. We’re all 上 the same boat regardless of our level of success. Retweet stuff. 分享 links. Write reviews. Protect those starting out against predatory presses. Give praise when someone deserves it. Be a good literary citizen and your grain of sand will help us construct a nice little beach free of hate and stupid nonsense.
If you think every other 彩票app平台大全 out there is your enemy, you can go fuck yourself.
You’ve met them. They share chunks of their WIP and want all of us to thank them with tears of joy running down our cheeks. They ignore all other 彩票app平台大全s because no 上 e can surpass their greatness. They talk about writing all day and you have no idea when they actually sit and write.
Oh, and their last published thing came out seven years ago in a defunct magazine. They use words like “craft” and “polishing a gem.” Here’s the main things most 彩票app平台大全s need to internalize: if you stopped writing tomorrow, the 上 ly 上 e you’d really hurt with your decision is yourself. Yeah, even if you have thousands of fans. Trust me, they’ll find something else to read. We’re lucky to do what we do. We love to do what we do.