For Issue 20 of All Authors Magazine: Metempsychosis we are happy to revive “Randomness in Writing” featuring author Carol Cassada. As her debut article Carol tells us to “Leave Your Ego at the Door”.
Leave Your Ego at the Door
With any career, it’s important to conduct your business in a professional manner.
This rule is especially important to authors.
Being in the public eye, you want to present yourself in a friendly demeanor. It’s important for readers, authors, and clients feel comfortable interacting with you.
A majority of today’s authors are humble; however there are a few whose ego is bigger than their heads.
Every so often you’ll hear stories about these authors. If you haven’t, here’s a sampling of how these authors behave.
- Believes their work is superior to others.
- Believes they’re going to be a big star.
- Bullies readers who give unfavorable reviews.
Odds are you may have come across a few of these authors. If so, I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with them.
I can assure you that not all authors behave this way.
As for these authors, who feel entitled to act this way. I have one thing to say.
“Leave your ego at the door.”
Just because you compare yourself to Danielle Steel, doesn’t mean you have the right to act like a diva.
That type of behavior isn’t going to stand in this day and age.
With the way the book industry is now, you need all the support you can get.
One wrong move and you’ll hurt your career. Not only will book sales suffer, but you’ll also lose readers and the support of the book community.
So, ask yourself. “What’s more important, my support system or my ego?”
The answer is pretty obvious.
In order to ensure your ego doesn’t get the best of you. Here’s some tips to remember throughout your writing journey.
It’s okay not to be the best
As authors we want to believe our story is the best.
Yet, we’re human like everyone else. We make mistakes. Even some of the big name authors have work that isn’t perfect.
Every so often there will be a typo or grammar error that slips through the cracks.
Sure, it’s embarrassing to see our story isn’t perfect. But making mistakes is what helps us as writers.
Learning from our past errors will help hone our craft.
You may never reach mega star status.
We all dream of becoming a big name like Stephen King or Stephanie Meyer.
Who wouldn’t love making millions or seeing their books turned into a film?
Yet, we have to face the sad reality, it’ll never happen.
Of course, there are the occasional Cinderella stories you hear from some authors. But for most of us, they remain what they are, a dream.
Yet, as writers we’re not in it for fame. Although, the amount of money we make is nice, it’s the passion we have for the art that drives us.
Not everyone will like your book
Any author will tell you they don’t want negative reviews.
Yet, there comes a time when there will be a one or two-star rating.
Your first reaction will be getting upset. But the worst thing you can do is unleash a tirade on the reviewer.
Before you get mad, take a moment to read the review. Find out why the reader didn’t like the book.
There are many reasons why a reader gives a poor review. The number one reason is the story just wasn’t fit to their taste.
The next common reason is the reviewer had issues with the grammar.
Then of course there are internet trolls, who just give poor reviews just to annoy the authors.
The only time you should pay attention to reviews is if the reader offers feedback. For instance, if they spot typos or found other issues, take their advice into consideration. This falls into rule #1.
As for reviewers, who didn’t care for the genre or were just trolling, ignore them and move on.
Whether you’re a newbie or an established author, it’s essential you live by these rules.
Remember, the way you behave will leave a lasting effect on the book community.