Monday, July 9, 2007

Taking the fun out of it

Man, publishing a book or a series of books is not all fun and games. For every person out there willing to congratulate you, there's another who's quick to tell you that your books are no good, or your agent's no good, or your publisher's no good ... or some combination of all three. Then if you respond, they (figuratively) raise their arms, roll their eyes, and accuse you of having a thin skin. They do all this under the guise of wanting to help you and others like you, but I'm not so convinced that's their true intent

Regardless of their intent, it takes a lot of the fun out of it for me. I guess that does mean that I have a thin skin.

Sorry, this is just a bad day. I know that most people have problems far worse than this. But even a blog can be a little depressing now and then, huh?


ORION said...

Take heart. You have gotten further than many writers.
It can be tough and unexpected when some writers are not supportive but there are so many who are.
Hold on to the positive and shed the negative.
Good Luck!

Jim Melvin said...

What excellent advice! Thanks so much. And I love the music of the ocean as well.


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