Can we talk for a minute? And be serious?
I don't usually get ranty--I'm all about spreading the love and good books--but I need to say this.
I have had it up to here with the entitled attitudes.
Look, most of you aren't the problem. Most of you get it. But for the few bad apples that are souring the pie for the rest of us? Here we go:
Get over yourself.
No one--not an agent you query, not a contest organizer or a slush reader or ANYONE else--owes you anything. I get it. You worked hard on your book. You wrote a pretty masterpiece and your ready to be published. I so get it.
I've been there.
I was there seven times. Seven books, folks. You want a rough guesstimate on how many queries I sent out, overall? 500.
You want to guess how many of those rejections made me send an angry email to the agent? 0. ZERO. NONE.
Same goes for contests. I was a participant. I made it into some, I didn't in others. I DID NOT accuse the organizers of being bigots or assholes or clique. I learned what I could from the critique and I worked hard.
I WORKED HARD.
Writing a book doesn't guarantee you a book deal or an agent. Entering a contest doesn't mean you'll win. You want those things, you need to do two things. And because I'm a nice lady, I'm gonna tell you what they are:
1. Write a kickass story and work hard on it. Revise it until you think you can't revise anymore, until you can quote whole chapters, and then you know what? Revise that b*tch again.
2. Play nice with others. This industry? Super small sandbox, folks. So if you are a dick in public, just once, ranting about agents being assholes, or contest organizers being bigots or whatever the hell you feel the need to rant about? Someone will remember. LOTS of someone's. So here's a free tidbit--when you've type up an emotional pissy response to someone? Send it to your CP. Or your MIL. Or, hell, send it to yourself. DO NOT send it to someone you want to work with as a professional.
People. You are not unique and deserving of special treatment. You do not get to skip to the head of the line--you get to work through the same process as the rest of us. And SINCE you do--it might be nice if you didn't leave everyone around you thinking helping you is worse than being dropped in a pit full of snakes and scorpions.
Ok. Ranty rant over. Just needed to get that off my chest.