So, there’s been a few things I’ve been wanting to say lately. But, I’ve been holding my tongue. Force of habit.
Then I remembered part of this indie adventure was to tell others about it. So here, with no specifics, are some things I’ve been wanting to say.
Every time you say “anyone who has or wants an agent is an idiot” you are saying I, Caitie, am an idiot. *glances at IQ test* Ok, not to sound snotty, but that test says I’m definitely not an idiot. My business experience and education are pretty hardcore too.
So, I know I’m not an idiot…and yet, I find your words personally insulting, especially when they’re said directly after my post about my agent. 1+1 isn’t going to magically equal 7 if I call you on it.
What if I said this in return: You DON’T want an agent? Why not? Afraid you can’t get one? Dude, you’re totally an idiot for not chasing every option in publication possible. Not everything I write would be great to publish indie. Some of it needs to go under the other name to be successful. Needs to go through my agent to certain publishers.
Yes, I COULD publish it here. But smart isn’t bull-headed. Smart does what is best for that book.
Remember, sometimes it’s best to just be right in your own head.
Speaking of smart not being bull-headed, if someone gives you advice from loads of experience. Don’t argue with them.
If you don’t agree with them, fine. Do it your way. Ignore the years of experience. You may be right. There is always that chance. But, don’t argue with them. That persons went out of the way to give you knowledge they got the hard way. They’re trying to be helpful. When you try to be helpful and someone with far less experience/knowledge argues with you and publicly tells you how wrong or “stupid” that is… you’re making you look bad.
One of the last people you ever want to make look bad is you.
We talked about this already on the How To Lose Readers Before You’re Even Published post, but being gracious goes a long way… being rude goes even further. Just not in the direction you want.
And, there be our rant for the weekend. Aaaarrr (no idea what’s up with the pirate thing today)
Feel free to argue with me 😉