Or How to Be Happy for Succesful Authors When You’re Not One
‘Debut Author Tops Best Seller List’
‘Stunning Debut in TV and Movie Rights Deal’
‘Debut Author Scoops Top Prize’
‘Debut Author Cures Cancer and Brokers World Peace’
It is nigh on impossible for a debut author with no connections to get their book published I am told whenever I mention to anyone with even a passing glance to the publishing world that I have written a book. Yet every week the review sections of the papers seem to be stuffed full of those lucky, lucky writers who have found the magic key. Who have written a book so amazing that it appears to have have burst from the slush pile in a fanfare of trumpets and bunting so brilliant is it.
Like poking a bruise I am compelled to visit their websites and read their blog pages. Words like ‘thrilled’, ‘amazing’, ‘living my dream’ dance around on the page to taunt me (note to self: when the happy day finally arrives for me, find more interesting words to use to convey your delight). They have new pages on their website devoted to all the places where they have been invited to speak, giving talks, telling people all about their amazing book: New York, Germany, Colchester Library. Their lives have been transformed into a whirlwind of writing and promoting their writing. They’ll never have to work again.
So my challenge here is to be delighted and thrilled for them too. Surely sales in the millions for one debut author should give publishers the confidence to take a punt on another one? But it is a struggle. I can’t help myself. I want to pick their books apart and find the flaws. Stare at their photos and wonder why they didn’t wax their top lips before the shoot. Snort at their blogs for being boring to read. Anything that will make me feel more deserving and therefore more hard done by. Isn’t that terrible? I must be a horrible person. No one likes someone steaming with envy, and that’s all it is sadly.
So I am making it my New Blog Resolution to not be so jealous. Most of these debut novels are amazing. They have tackled new themes and approached different subjects. written from different point of view, or structured their plots in unconventional ways. And I am sure most of them are just like me. Desperate for a shot. Who truly are amazed and thrilled to be handed the golden ticket. I am trying my best to be gracious not envious. To fervently believe that succesful debut authors are blazing a trail for the team rather than striking out on their own. Good luck!