Posts Tagged ‘Don’t do this’

Boundaries

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

This post is an author’s tale of how she confronted a reviewer who did not like her book, an article published in The Guardian, and so given legitimacy.

This post was written by a man who felt his ex should continue interacting with him even though she did not want to.

I see little difference between what’s behind these two articles. In one, an author can’t get past someone’s bad review. Despite all evidence that the reviewer did not wish to be known, this author tracked down the reviewer and made contact. On multiple occasions.

In the other, a woman no longer wished to see her ex, and he writes and publishes an article in which he details why he should get what he wants.

In both, we have the words of the person who pursued a relationship despite clear evidence the other person did not wish, want, or invite the contact.

Both people have written a long justification of actions that violated the peace and privacy of another person.

Both of the people who were contacted against their will, repeatedly, were women. I don’t think that’s an accident.

People like the authors of these articles terrify me.

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Things You Shouldn’t Do To Authors

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Publishing is a tough business and at the moment looks to be getting even tougher. If you’re a writer looking to get traditionally published, it’s pretty daunting. Heck, it’s daunting even if you’re already published.

Aside from a few outliers, most of whom are probably famous, in order to find someone who will pay you to publish your book, prospective authors need to do some work, even after all the hard work of writing the dang book. Yeah, I know. But that’s the way it is.

1. You probably should find a few people who aren’t friends or relatives to read your book so you can get some outside opinion about whether your book is as good as you think it is. Hint: The answer is almost certainly No. And that’s true whether you’re published already or not. Mostly, you look for a critique group.

2. After you’ve revised and improved your novel, you need research how to find a publisher. In this case, as in so many others, Google is your friend. Then after you’ve educated yourself, you follow the instructions, which are actually pretty straightforward, and start querying. This is straightforward, yes, but it is not easy. Sorry. You’ll have to work hard at it.

Here’s what you don’t do:

Don’t ask some random author to read your manuscript, which you have attached.

Don’t email an author with a list of all the errors she’s committed and then ask her if she’ll do all the work of 1 and 2 above for you.

Seriously.

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