It's weird how events in the universe really do have a way of bunching up, creating a “thing” where moments earlier there was nothing. My current “thing” is people telling me how to do my job as a writer better. I'm not talking about editors, they're supposed to tell me how to do my job better. #:0) I'm talking about people who haven't written over 50 books. Or even 1 book. Here are my thoughts on that.
Prior to becoming a full time writer, I spent a couple of decades in Corporate America, following orders and having little control over my work. One of the big reasons I worked so hard to step out on my own was so that I could be the master of my own fate. You should also know that I take the quality of my work and efforts extremely seriously. I'm a typical “Type A” personality and nobody is harder on me than me. LOL
I do listen to you when you tell me something bothers you. I really do. I care deeply what you think. My goal is to provide books that fill a need within us both. It's a lofty goal, one which I fail on a regular basis. Because the adage that you can't please everybody all the time is oh so true.
But in the end, my business is my business. I'm going to run it the way I see fit, based on years of practice, training, and experience. I'll definitely make mistakes. It's part of improving and growing. But I'll learn from those mistakes and hopefully do better in the future.
You might think I should do something one way, when my experience says it won't work the way you see it. That's cool. I'll listen, consider your suggestion, and then do what I think is right for me and my business. If you tell me there's a typo in my books I'll change it. Overused words? I'll go in and fix them. I want my books to be as good as they can be.
But if you want to send me emails berating me and flinging condescending demands my way, I'm probably going to just hit delete and remove you from my sphere. Because doing what I do every day is hard enough without dealing with negative, irrationally angry people.
That's just the way it has to be.
So be kind to your favorite author. We're not monsters because we missed a typo. We're not impostors because we ended a book in a way you didn't like. We're just people whose specialty is writing. We're trying our best to create books that touch something inside our readers.
If you cut us we bleed. If you insult us we either get hurt or angry (or both). And if you treat us as if we owe you something…well…we'll probably decide we don't need you in our lives.
And that would be a shame for both of us.