In the play "Lover's Vows," which appears in Mansfield Park (the book I just redid as Bellevere), the character Count Cassel has a ridiculous speech about all the bad habits he's picked up everywhere he's been around the world. "In my travels I have learnt . . . delicacy in Italy, hauteur in Spain, in England sincerity, Scotland frugality, etc." Similarly, in my travels as author, with over ten years under my belt, I have well learnt the meaning of the word SPAM. There are people out there who are so spammy in all their behaviors they seem to be the incarnation of Spam with no other identity. Relationships, projects, conversations, reviews, friendships, romances--sadly, everything on earth--can become flooded with spammers. These are not real people in your life or in your professional interests. (In fact, it's a question of some concern whether they're still real people at all, to anyone, because they never do anything useful.)
So if you're reading this and just starting out as an author--or as anything else, like a human being--here's a list of things I've learnt in my travels around the internet. Avoid these things and anyone who does them. They are SPAM and attention to them is hours spent wasting your life; years you'll never get back; dead-end friendships; no financial return; and focus away from something much more deserving. There are people out there who deserve your time and there are other people who are trying to take your time away. So here's a list of things I've learned to tune out:
To be continued in a later post. There will be more updates.
7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, LOTR fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.