Please stop embarrassing me. Your behavior causes me to cringe and makes me want to hide under a rock. I am referring to the those of you who:
- Lack a basic understanding of the publishing industry
- Write really terrible query letters
- Refuse to properly follow the submission process
- Attack literary agents when rejected for the above (or simply because)
- Think you can change the process if you denounce it enough
You give writers a bad name when you do these things. Your actions reflect on all of us. Is the process maddening? OMG yes! Can it make you want to tear your hair out? That doesn't even begin to describe how it feels. Does it make sense? Not always.
I know. I'm going through it, too. I am trying really hard to make it in this business. By working with the process. Like it or not, it exists because it has worked successfully for many years.
To date, it is the best process anyone has been able to come up with. Many authors have managed to succeed by following it. So either work within its confines or exercise your other options. And stop the nonsense!
It may seem strange to call attention to you when I have connected with so many wonderful, talented writers who do get it. But the truth is, you are hurting them, too. And they are my friends, so I take it personally. Please stop. Because we really have a wonderful community and we need to be able to shine.
Let us all show respect and learn to work together. Put aside the "us versus them" mentality. Don't make me put you in time out. I have a toddler, so I'm getting really good at it.
With deep appreciation,
Yet Another Aspiring Author