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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Five Irritating Things About Other Writers (part three)

Here is the final installment of this series. This brings us to a total of fifteen irritating things about other writers (including Part One and Part Two)! So, feel free to leave a comment and enjoy:
  • Thirteen-year-old kids who self-publish a book and think they are worthy of the same adoration as J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, or any number of legitimately published individuals who have sold millions of copies of books. While I'm okay with people self-publishing, one should understand that you are not entitled to fair treatment. You chose to subvert the publishing process by doing it yourself. By doing so you've taken upon yourself the stigma that is involved with self-publishing. If you don't like it, then don't self-publish. You have to earn the respect of your prospective readers; readers are not entitled to respect you (which works for legitimately published writers too, but you get what I mean).
  • Thirteen-year-old kids who did the same as above and then get really uppity with you when you point out the obvious and irritating flaws in their writing. This is part of the business. If you don't like people throwing slams at your work, don't write (talking fiction, of course, because I can do whatever the hell I want with my blog). This goes for all writers. If I review your book and I don't like it, don't argue with me about it. Being classy like some writers have been and just take the criticism. If you act like a petulant child it doesn't look good on your part.
  • Literary writers who rip on genre writers for writing drivel. This is almost exclusively in the realm of jealousy on their part. Get over it. People don't want to read literary novels as much as they did in 1810. That's just the way it is.
  • Writers who talk more about themselves than the person they're supposed to be interviewing. I'm not listening to your audio interview to listen to you babble out yourself in response to your own questions. I want to hear what this other person has to say. I know about you already; that's why I'm listening to your podcast. I don't know about the other person. So let them talk!
That is all!

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