The other day I stumbled across something in the newsletter of a literary agency. I read it with dismay and a little bit of hurt, and a very large amount of frustration cascaded through me. So, I went to Facebook and posted my frustration for pretty much everyone to see.
How unfair. How utterly shitty. Oh woe is me. And a big huge helping of WTF for the literary agenting community.
deleted it an hour later once I realized what I'd done. Could be no
one saw it. Could be a boatload of agents saw it and their form
rejections will be rolling in any time now.
likes a whiner. They certainly don't like it when you publicly display
your annoyance. The quickest way to get yourself labeled as someone
who'd be a pain in the ass to work with is to post something like that
to Facebook or Twitter or any other social media site.
knew better. In my defense, the little snippet from that newsletter
caught me unaware so I didn't have time to steel myself against it. I
wasn't expecting it to slap me upside the face so I slapped back. Now,
don't worry. I didn't get snotty and I didn't name names. I didn't
call names either. I just expressed my frustration in a vague and
Still... Just don't do it. Yeah,
life's unfair. This business may or may not be more unfair than the
rest of life, but it is what it is. Sometimes you're going to get
slapped down from an unexpected source. Guess what? If you ever want
to get published by someone other than yourself, you have to suck it up
and take every slap they aim your way (and a few no one aimed but that
hit you anyway).
So, have you ever vented your
frustrations publicly? How'd that work for you? If not, how does
holding it all in work for you?