Wow. Okay, so I left for Show Low on Friday and came back to almost 150 entries!! Wow!
Hey, wait a second, I didn't even get that many entries for a contest for MY book! What gives, James!!! *glares* No, I'm totally kidding. This is a book worth 150 entries!
And without further Ado, the lucky winner is . . .
Molly! (As in the Molly who has a blog called Utterly Absurd and only made it to comment on other people's blogs. Love that!)
Molly, please email me at aprilynnepike at gmail dot com with your address and I will get this well-loved copy of The Maze Runner in the mail to you asap so you can enjoy it and gloat to your friends as far ahead of publication as possible.:D
Big thanks to everyone who entered!!!!
Okay, I have managed to cool down about this, but now that I am getting ready to write about it, it's kinda ticking me off again.
Okay, I read a blog called Editorial Anonymous. She's great. She is a children's book editor and she gives some really great advice and insight into the industry. I adore her. The other day she put up this post. (Language alert.)
And it has sixty comments, half of them informing this editor that she is wrong.
Now, she may be wrong (I highly doubt it) but the point is, most of her readership are aspiring authors, and they are given a piece of advice and the first thing that pops into their heads is, "Well THAT'S just WRONG!" and they are so convinced that they are right, and she is wrong, that they say so on a public blog.
In any other industry, people would laugh at you.
Let's take my husband's industry for example:
Law Professor: *expounds upon some rule of law* When you do X, Z happens.
Law Student: *raises hand* No, that's wrong. You're wrong.
Law Professor: You're kidding, right?
Law Student: Well I know this person who broke X law and Z did NOT happen, so you must be wrong.
Law Professor: *thinks student is a moron*
Other Law Students: *think student is a moron*
When you are an amateur, you should listen to the professionals. I'm not saying the professionals are always right--they aren't--but you should listen. And then consider. And then try to be really, really honest with yourself.
Do you just think they are wrong because their advice goes against your book? No seriously, ask yourself that again.
Editors are not perfect. And there are always exceptions to the rules. But feedback from an editor, always, always has value.
And if your first reaction to a post like that is "I'll show her how wrong she is!" I'm fairly willing to bet that you are not published and, without changing that attitude, you never will be.
Maybe your book is speshul. Maybe it's the next JK Rowling/Dan Brown/Bible, whatever. No one is going to know that if you don't take a little advice from professionals and learn how to work within the system instead of this bull-headed determination to make the system work around you. It rarely works that way.
And if your first though upon reading that statement was, "Well, I know a guy who . . ." you need to read this entry again.:D