I first drafted this post over a month ago, after reading post in which the author wrote, "I write, you write, we all write, and we all get rejected."
That reminded me of those old verb conjugation charts -- I am; you are; he/she/it is -- and also of an old joke about the conjugation of sexual behavior: I am erotic, you are kinky, they are perverted.
(That's going to bring me some unwanted Google hits. Anyway.)
Then today I read the INTERN's post on publishing "Evil". Go read it. I'll wait.
If you also read the comments, you'll see that I responded that the perception of "evil" in publishing as follows:
It's a writer-conjugation thing:I'm joking, but I'm not, right? My original post (as drafted a month ago) was going to be about that "conjugation for queriers" and I was going to try to make it funny.
I am noble.
You are commercial.
They are evil.
Same thing with the reason our queries were rejected:
They are unprofessional and untalented.
You are close, but not good enough.
I was robbed.
But we see this attitude everywhere among wanna-be writers... and it's not that funny. Sure, we all like to blow off steam now and then, but (and I alluded to this in my Shiny Tiara Power post) that kind of thinking can get self-destructive really fast. The post from the INTERN worries me, because it means it's not just private steam-blowing anymore. Now it's becoming part of the language of the debate.
We should be in this because we love to write. We should be in this to make friends.
Who is an author/agent/editor/industry professional-blog-friend you appreciate? I'm going to give a shout-out to Jody Hedlund, because I'm pretty sure she was the first person to follow my blog, and because she has a lovely, thoughtful, professional, giving-back-to-the-community blog herself. We don't write the same stuff, we don't live in the same area, we would never have met at any conference, but we both care about the craft of writing, and we both want to write as a vocation. And I'm delighted that I met her on my path to publication.
I write, you write, she writes, we all get rejected. Stick TOGETHER, people.
Name someone good-hearted in the comments. This "evil" publishing talk is garbage and we should help put an end to it.