I hope all is well with you today. Our week ahead is going to be interesting, but good. I hope. LOL.
There’s a single problem with social media. It encourages you to vent. Get out frustrations, rant about being mistreated, etc. This can be a good thing. It really can.
Unless you’re an author who chooses to slam your publisher in public over things you haven’t addressed privately.
Now, there’s bad publishers out there. Don’t get me wrong. And they deserve to be exposed and have pressure put on them to pay their authors what is due, etc. That’s not what I’m talking about.
It’s when someone points out a problem with your story in a review, and you blame the editing in public. Or you take the words and, instead of thinking ‘how can I do better next time’, you talk about how disappointed you are with your publisher.
Um…most publishers give the author the chance for a final review of their work before it goes up for sale. And sometimes formatting errors happen when the file is converted. If you gave the go ahead to your title, or it’s a file conversion issue, that’s not on your publisher. If those aren’t the case, have you contacted your publisher directly before ranting online?
At the end of the day, authors are responsible for their words. And the order in which they’re listed in the book. Be an adult and at least contact your publisher about possible problems before you go ranting online about how horrid they are. Why? Because it’s only going to make you look bad.
If you’re looking to move up the ladder in the publishing world, that means you’re following other Houses. They might be following you back. Who knows? Do you honestly think screaming about how horridly you were treated without any corroborating evidence is going to make them look at your submission with a favorable eye? That they won’t contact the other House and find out what you’re like to work with?
I try my best not to rant online. I don’t always abide by that rule, but I try. I take a step back, calm down, and wait for the emotional attachment to die down. Does the reviewer have a point? Could it be something I should address directly with my publisher? Is it possibly a formatting problem that can’t be fixed?
If at all possible, you want to only say good things about your publisher online. Why? Because it reflects favorably on YOU. If you’re constantly whining about this, that, or the other thing, you’re seen as a complainer and hard to work with. If you don’t say a word and address your concerns with them and not air them openly…compliment how well they communicate…you’re going to be seen as co-operative, pleasant, and easy to deal with. You’ll be seen as an adult and not a child.
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