Monday, May 3, 2010

Published Authors. Aspiring Authors. Writers.

We all share one thing in common, right???

It was so much fun at LDStorymakers Conference!

There were all sorts of writers there.

Testing the waters ones. Aspiring ones. Published ones . . . It was a conglomerate of many people joining together in an effort to share the craft.

I've just recently visited a friend's blog who was there. She felt sad that a few of the published authors shrunk into themselves, ignoring those who weren't published. I personally didn't get those same vibes as she did there, but I've experienced it elsewhere and have wondered on it.

I wonder why anyone would do that, since going beyond the small world of oneness to get your book out is the best way to, well, promote!

It reminds me of the feudal system. Kings, lords, knights, peasants . . .

Have you ever had an experience where you were snubbed by a published author? (Are there class levels within the published author world? Like: Neener neener, I have 11 books out and you only 1.)

(photos found here and here)
B&W photo of peasants revolting
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  1. Brave post here, Elizabeth, with some good questions. I think generally it might be misconceptions. Writers tend to have quieter, shy, even withdrawn personalities. We tend to be watchers rather than actors, and sometimes that comes across as snobbery or aloofness. Especially when the published author may be seen as on a pedestal, then the withdrawn nature all of a sudden is seen as snootiness. I believe most published authors are just as insecure about their careers as unpublished, although you are absolutely right when you say it is essential to move past that and reach out to people. Writers can't be hermits any longer. (Haha, i'm a great one to talk, I'm the worst hermit ever, but I'm trying to get over it!)

  2. I don't have much experience with this one. I live too far away from everyone. The published authors I know from online are certainly not like that though.

  3. I've never been to a conference, so I've never experienced that before.

  4. I definitely see what your friend means - although some of the snooty type may not even recognize what they're doing. Many people have seen me as snooty (personally, not published-y) and I can't figure out why. But, I'll tell you, I really appreciate someone who is down to earth and mingles with all authorlies equally - like that David Farland guy. He was good. :)

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  6. Opps...I don't think I've ever been snubbed by an author. I think that would be awful. And super sad.

  7. Hi Karen! I really hope that I haven't offended anyone by posting this. It's just something that I've heard and wondered about, too. Thank you for your thoughts, it all makes perfect sense...

    Hi Nisa, the same goes for me--everyone I've met is really nice and excited to talk about their work.

    Aubrie, that's good--I've experienced that at a conference one time. I was made to feel like the outside looking in, as if becoming published was unattainable. *sigh* I guess it depends what kind of conference you go to, hu?

    Hi Michelle! I have no idea why anyone would think that of you--you're the nicest, sweetest gal I know! I've received the same kinda input from others: they think I'm sarcastic because I'm so genuine, it feels fake to them (I had a close friend tell me this, but she realized how wrong she was about me the more she got to know me!) ;)

    Carolyn! Yes, I agree with you. Maybe it would happen with the ones that think they're celebrity hotties, hu? lol...

  8. Oh crud you're talking about me aren't you.

  9. LOL! You, my dear, are by the farthest one from my mind. To be honest with you, I found every author there very amiable!

    This is an experience of one friend, I don't know the entire situation, but that's what she had said on her blog.

  10. I had one author, who shall remain nameless, that acted like an arrogant &*(@# at a book signing I went to, but that's been the only time. And that was years ago! I can't think of another author I've met in person has been totally nice. Sometimes I wonder if some of them are shy.

  11. I think a lot of them are shy. I think, depending on their level of success, that they might be wary of fans. Poor Stephenie Meyer, for instance, has had death threats from "fans." I have also heard that there are some aspiring writers who beg published ones to read their mss instead of getting their own writers' groups, making writer friends, etc., and if you're trying to use your time to write, that could get awkward.

    Then there's the sensitivity factor, which for me skyrockets at conferences. I'm very self-conscious. So maybe if an author I wanted to talk to were not as open as I had hoped I might take that as a personal slight, when really they were just exhausted like the rest of us.

    I don't know what happened with your friend, but I think there are a lot of explanations for reasons why authors might not be as open as you thought they would be.

  12. Only one time. I tried to pay an author a compliment and they snubbed me. Maybe they thought I was weird or a stalker but it definately had an effect on me and I vowed to never act like that If I ever got to the point of being published. The snubbed feeling went away when I got to sit at the same table as Dave Wolverton. What a genuine and honest guy! :)

  13. Hi Angie--I'm so sorry hear that and glad to hear that it hasn't happened since. That's good. It's hard to go up to an author as a fan and have them frown at you--it's happened to me before!

    Emily, that so true--on all accounts. I guess the only way to know what a published author faces is to become one first. And I can't wait! :D

    Michelle! I know how you feel, I'm sorry that happened to you. :( I'm glad you've vowed not to act like that, me too. I want to be approachable for everyone, you know? Wow, Dave Wolverton? I'm so glad you got to sit with him! I'll have to look him up next time! Thanks for letting me know. :)

  14. There's only one author I've ever been snubbed by and I think it was just that he was not a people person. There are a ton of authors out there that are not people people, we spend a whole lot of time alone so it's not uncommon to be socially awkward. I don't hold it against him but he could have still been polite.

  15. ROFL! You know, Hannah? I'm so out of tune with society being around with 4 kids day in day out. I feel so inept in social settings, but I just LOVE to mingle. :D

    Thanks for coming by. I love reading all your comments. :)

  16. I know this is a bit old, but I came across it and wanted to comment... I just saw a statement by J A Konrath on his blog (btw, great blog if you are interested in self-publishing ebooks), where he said that it's not a zero-sum game. If someone buys another author's books, it doesn't mean that they won't buy his books. He says that authors should help each other, and promote each other's books. I was really impressed with that, then I came here and saw your post. I'm not published, but I love the fact that J A Konrath puts so much information out about self-publishing, and tries to help other authors reach their goals. I'm not a fan of his genre, but I'm a fan of his blog, simply because he has been successful and seems to truly want to help others be successful.


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