Thursday, September 9, 2010

Discussion Groups are Starting to Sound Like Jr. High Lunch Hours

I've recently been joining groups on my LinkedIn account in an effort to meet other like-minded writers and one astonishing fact is jumping out at me...there are a LOT of paranormal writers out there!  A lot of paranormal YA writers out there.  I mean, WOW!

When I add that into the discouraging facts I keep reading that less than 2% of all aspiring writers actually make it to a traditional publishing house, it can be a depressing thought.

Some of the discussion groups I have been following don't want to talk about anything except the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing.  Or complain about it.  I have actually considered leaving groups because of one sarcastic, snarky poster who keeps showing up in group after group, self-aggrandizing his opinion in the most rude manner.  Each time he shows up the tone of the postings gets nastier and nastier until someone finally steps in and has to remind everyone to keep it on a mature level.  That's about the time I leave.

I join groups to get an experienced viewpoint on the publishing biz, not some fourth grade-level rant about how the industry did someone wrong.  I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way.

Well, on to better news.  And I do have some. I finished my third novel, tentatively titled The Ghost and the Guys.  I did one edit and will begin working on a query letter soon.  But today, some drama.  Surgery for the husband.  Nothing serious, a little outpatient thing.  A weekend of rest and then back at it next week.  And one agent wants to see Spellbound.  So, we'll see where that goes.  Wish me luck!


  1. Negativity breeds negativity. It also breeds people that no one wants to work with. I'd say, get out of there quick.

  2. Great advice! I did. I joined another group and they are wonderful, very learned and supportive of the "getting published" process. Best move I made.