If the author you hate with a passion appeared before you, what would you ask them?
Hate is a strong, ugly word, one that I try not to use. So I’m going to substitute that word for annoy.
There’s been some authors in the book community, who have rubbed other writers the wrong way. One such author did something that caused a ruckus with everyone. If you’re on Facebook, I’m sure you may have seen the news.
Anyway, this is what happened. An author created a GoFundMe so they could earn money to quit their job and pursue a full-time writing career.
Like so many other people, I was furious when I saw this.
It pissed me off for a couple of reasons.
- This author sounded like they were better than others. In their GoFundMe description they talked about how they think their books are superb and they could be bestsellers. Just reading the description, I knew this author had a big ego.
- It was unfair for them to ask for other people’s money all because they want to be lazy.
If this author ever appeared before me, the first question I’d ask is “What the hell is your problem?”
This isn’t just for this particular author, but other writers who pull this sort of crap.
I would just love to know their reasoning behind this type of behavior. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why someone would do this. If I could, I’d love to get inside their heads to see what they’re thinking.
The publishing community has changed a lot over the years. All of us authors wish we could write full-time, but when you’re barely able to sell any books it’s not possible. We’ve got to work other jobs to pay the bills, while also finding time to pursue their writing journey.
Authors like this are the true heroes, the ones who work regular jobs while also writing. They’re doing it the hard, honest way.