Ten Things Sean Rowe Says About the Book Biz + My Take
1. "You will go broke."
True, if you're foolish with money. Are you stupid?
2. "Total strangers will fuck you -- but not in the way you had hoped."
A few do. Most don't and some voluntarily help without any strings attached. As for the hope, I can't speak for other writers, but I didn't pursue publication to get laid. I pursued it to get published. If you're chasing publication for the potential anonymous sex, go to a con and hang out in the bar instead; it's way easier.
3. "Your friends will hope you fail."
Depends on the friends. Mine (the non-writers) are hoping I marry George Clooney someday so they can sponge off us. Publication also brought me one real writer friend who has kept me from failing, and quitting, for the last seven years. I thank God every day for her.
4. "Your own family may turn on you."
It scared mine. They viewed my writing as a spare-time, hobby thing, like needlepoint. You don't want to go to the airport on another city to catch a flight and see your sister's needlepoint for sale next to the Tic-Tacs in the snack shop.
5. "Your ex-girlfriend will sell your soul on eBay."
Other writers I've helped have tried to sell my correspondence and the free books I've sent them on eBay, as have a couple of reviewers and one editor, but all the exes have been remarkably unmercenary.
6. "There will be no groupies."
I had a few when I used to make public appearances, but they were a little more on the stalkerish side. (looks hopeful) Do I have groupies now?
7. "No one will tell you shit."
Another reason I started this weblog.
8. "You will become a whore."
Good Lord, what have they been doing to this poor man?
9. "Your second novel will suck."
Mine actually did better than the first, but one bit of advice: don't end it on a cliffhanger and take six months to get the third one out. Readers get pissed.
10. "Brad Pitt will not call you."
True. Damn that Angelina.
(Rowe article found over at Sarah Weinman's place.)