Well, I did it again. I said something on Twitter that made a lot of people really mad.
Over the weekend, I saw a Twitter comment say something about the term published author, that even if you’re self-published you can still call yourself a published author.
I respectfully disagreed. I said that that term comes with certain expectations, that the average person would assume it means you’ve beaten the gatekeepers and signed with a publisher. I said it’s like giving yourself a literary award and then calling yourself an award-winning author.
Is it true? Technically, yes. Is it a fair characterization? No.
Well, Twitter didn’t like that answer one bit. Several people immediately jumped on me, insinuating that I was just some snobby, published author looking down on self-publishing or accusing me of belittling their worth as authors, or just outright insulting me.
This was a perfect example of what I call toxic positivity, where a group of people are so 100% positive on everything all the time that even the slightest criticism is taken as a personal attack. I never said self-published authors are worthless than those signed to a publisher, I never said it’s a lower form of publishing. But because I didn’t gush with support for the person who made the original post, I’m a terrible person.
Toxic positivity is prevalent in the writing community on Twitter and it’s a big reason I’ve mostly pulled away from those people. Because they are toxic as Hell. I really only keep a Twitter account because I know that’s what publishers and agents want to see if they’re considering publishing your work.
So yeah, that was a fun issue to deal with yesterday. But in other, better news, I’m going to begin shopping out my latest manuscript Creed: Mandate of Heaven to agents and publishers this week! I’m very excited, the feedback from beta readers has been excellent, and I’m actually kinda hopeful for this one to get picked, so fingers crossed!
Oh, and I apologize for not posting anything last week. I could come up with an excuse but the truth is I simply didn’t feel like posting. I’m sure you understand 🙂