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Rated: 18+ · Book · Biographical · #1203635
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#763759 added October 23, 2012 at 2:13pm
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helping those below you to come up and join you
I have proof of my own to show that Mike Resnick is absolutely correct that writers are very kind to other writers when he says, in the intro to Tau Ceti (The Stellar Guild) that


{“…When I first approached each of our superstars--Kevin J. Anderson, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, all the rest--and said I …wanted a novella… everyone politely declined…But the second I explained that I also wanted a novelette in the same book, with full credit on the front cover, from a protégé of their choosing, every last one of them instantly changed course and agreed to write for ‘The Stellar Guild’…” (This is nowhere near the whole quote, but I think you should go get the book if you want the whole thing, and I don't want to be rude to Mr. Resnick.)

My personal proof is a post from NaNoWriMo. A person said (paraphrased), "I'm looking for a new career now that I'm 50, and writing a novel sounds fun, I've never done that before. I'll send it to a publisher as soon as it's done, and finishing it in one month sounds like a great idea. Is there formatting we use here or does the publisher put that in?" The response to this person was (paraphrased), "If you haven't ever written anything before you might want to check out a book or two on writing, I think you'll be surprised at what's involved. I'm very partial to "whosits guide to writing". Good luck and happy NaNoing!"

No snark, no sneer, no "What are you, nuts?". Just a little advice, kindly meant, and pleasantly given. Yet more evidence that writers are by and large some of the nicest, kindest people on earth. No stomping down the competition, no "there's no more room at the top". I don't know if I've helped anyone to get to the top, but I'd like to think I've tried, or at the very least not prevented anyone from getting there.

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