You probably know that I'm trying to get published. I wrote a book that I think is pretty good, and a lot of other people seem to think it's good, and I worked hard, so... yeah. I've submitted it and now I'm waiting.
I'm no Rowling, and I don't ever expect to even be on the New York Times Bestseller list, but I think I can do this, given enough hard work and enough time.
In the mean time, though, I'm a part of the writing community, which is AWESOME. Let me tell you this much: You all are gonna want to buy a whole bunch of books in about two years, because there are some seriously talented people out there, writing right now. Seriously. Amazing.
A lot of aspiring authors write blogs, manage twitter accounts and work in what we call "crit groups." (critique groups- exactly what it sounds like) There's a lot of communication amongst writers. They're a friendly bunch.
So, I read a lot of these blogs. I follow a lot of these twitter accounts. I email back and forth with some of these people. And, 99% of the time, they amaze me. They are witty and articulate and just plain fun to interact with.
But that last 1%?
I am so, so, so disappointed when I see a published author write messages along the lines of "xcited to meet u!" or "thx 4 da comments!"
I'm also so, so, so disappointed when I read an author's blog and it is riddled with spelling errors. Not typos- those happen to all of us, but when somebody spells it "definately" six times in the same post, they flat-out don't know how to spell that word. (Also? If they use that same word six times in the same post, there's another problem.) When that same post is mostly unclear for convoluted sentence structure, odd word choices and just plain bad writing, it makes me cringe. This person claims to be a writer? Ouch.
But, then, when that same writer wins a contest a few days later, it really stings. I wasn't entered in the contest, so it didn't hurt too badly, but still. That's the kind of writing that won?