The first episode of the Pajama People goes live! Julia and I cover the movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and break down our thoughts.
You’re published, you’ve been making the convention rounds, and things have started to change. Many fellow writers have made social media comments about family and friends treating them differently. Some have shared surprising family and friends support, which I have been lucky to have as well, but many have shared the negative. Something I have also experienced. If you haven’t experienced any changes or haven’t noticed yet, this article is for you. It is to give you a heads up of what may happen as you progress in your career.
You will start experiencing negative feedback. This will come in many forms, but the main one is that you don’t have a real job or that someone doesn’t like your work and offering advice, especially when they have not taken part in this line of work. Much of the negative you may experience falls into myths and stereotyping us indies by those that are not. I wrote an article called The Word: Mythbusting – Stereotypes and Misconceptions of Self-pubbing and independent pubbing that covered many misconceptions about being self-published, independently published, or even being a hybrid.
You may even experience name-dropping. From what I’ve read some have experienced the unwanted use of their name from others trying to gain something in the favor. It must be nice to be one of those not helping but wanting to benefit from your work, right? You put in months or even years on building yourself up just for someone that may or may not know you to try and use your name.
The above one can sometimes even stir worries within yourself. Who really are your friends? Are they only your friend to try and gain something? This will be a change that may begin, so keep aware of who you keep the company with.
Being approached. It happens, it can be nice. People wanting to work with you more is always wonderful, but you must be cautious. Sometimes they’re not the type of people you want your name connected to. On the other hand, fans approaching is always nice. Meeting someone who loves your work can be a moral boost if it’s a positive interaction.
Sales Fluctuation. It goes up and it goes down. It happens to everyone. Just like with reviews you’ll get some good ones and you’ll get some bad ones. You cannot please everyone with your work. Remember even the greatest writers couldn’t please everyone or even was denied publication several times.
Have you experienced any of these? Let me know!
I had never read an anthology before this one. I came into this book wanting to get a feel for different genres; I tend to enjoy a wide-range. I enjoyed the stories and each author stepped to the table giving beautiful works to this project. I could tell each writer loved doing just that writing. I’m lucky to know many of these writers and already knew their personalities with that said I’ve read many books where the authors are almost reflections of themselves in one character or more, but I could see with these specific grouping that they really knew the head of the character or characters they were writing about, well researched and non-associative of the author themselves.
I had stepped myself back from this project, being the cover creator, and was able to come to it as a reader and enjoy it as just that. I fell in love with special stories and have become an advocate for the authors. There hasn’t been a moment that’s passed by that I have not loaned this book out to a friend raving about it and the authors themselves. Seven authors and seven stories for free, I still cannot believe this beautiful project was free!
I look forward to see what’s to come from these authors. I was pleased greatly by the wide-range of stories; I’ve recommended this book many times to friends that are looking for something different or not sure what genre they may like. The only thing I can compare this collection to is a chocolate sampler. You will find a little something you love among the different stories, you may find yourself a new beloved author, and you will want more. I know I did!