I think it’s time for me to take a bit of a vacation. Some of my words are misunderstood, which is clear to me thanks to “anonymous” and his or her not so nice criticism of one of my posts. Honestly, I wasn’t aware that anyone but my friends and a few other people were reading this but perhaps the readership is bigger than I’d thought. I joke around a lot but the people who don’t know me might not understand that I’m JOKING.
I think it’s sad that my posts on this blog will become dull and lifeless. That is what will happen thanks to anonymous posters. Posting anonymously allows someone to be mean, hurtful, or inappropriately blunt. Other members of this group have been bothered by anonymous comments in the past because obviously anonymous comments are rarely nice. If you think I’m a loose cannon then don’t work with me. There’s no need, however, to publicly make a comment (anonymous no less) about my career. Write to me personally if you’d like me to know something. Sign your name at the bottom.
I would now like everyone to know that I DO appreciate ALL of my current publishers AND past publishers. I highly respect my editors and designers. My books would NOT be what they are without them! There’s nothing more wonderful than being able to bounce ideas off of someone… to have someone help shape rough ideas… to have a whole team of people working and caring about YOUR book! I love publishing so much because I love the people I work with. Without the people behind the scenes my books wouldn't exist.
Perhaps the poster is right. Perhaps I’ve committed career suicide by publicly announcing that one of my books is going OP. Only time will tell. Perhaps I don't want to make books anymore anyway. I put SO much effort into what I'm doing. Late nights, no sleep, no food, teary eyed because the pressure is too much... on blood pressure medication before the age of 30 because I'm too worked up all the time. Being an author is HARD. I hate public speaking but yet I'm supposed to do it to keep my books in print. I get nauseus just thinking about speaking in front of people! I don't know how often I've gone to bed at 6 am because of a deadline yet not be able to sleep because I don't have enough money to pay the rent! I wish people could understand the pressure we authors and illustrators are under and give us a little leway. We make mistakes. We post things on blogs that we shouldn't.
Regardless, Mr. or Ms. Anonymous, you have won.