Following is a post I originally published to this blog in 2010. The subject matter is still relevant.
I have been the most fortunate person, having worked all these years in a business that allowed me to meet, associate and even become friends with, some very wonderful authors. Over the past thirty-plus years, I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of my idols, and a few of them have even managed to remain on that pedestal where I’d perched them while reading their books. I have a lot of great stories. But, since I began writing myself, and became a member of this family of writers I have come to know, through courses taken, associations joined, conferences attended, I must say that there isn’t a better group of people than those who are pushing a pen and tapping on keys. They are a very supportive and encouraging bunch, these authors, and are quick to cheer each other on, commiserate, offer suggestions, or just be there whenever one of us needs them. Outside my email writing group, I’ve also met quite a few published authors who have remained friends, and who never hesitate to offer help to us emerging writers.
All are generous people. Unlike one bookseller I once knew, who proclaimed to me that authors are cheap and always just looking for a bargain, or anything for free, my observation has been that authors support each other by coming out to launches and readings, and buying lots of books. At least that’s the case in Calgary, where last Thurs. there were three literary events organized for the same time. The next day, authors were bemoaning on Facebook that they hadn’t been able to attend all three events. I’m sure that if we could have split our time, we would have. And we’d have bought all the books, too. I would have liked to say to that bookseller, “Where would we all be in this business if it weren’t for the authors? They’ve, unfortunately, become the bottom-feeders of the industry, essentially making far less for their work than anyone else, including the booksellers – unless they happen to hit the jackpot by winning a big prize or their book is picked by Oprah. Most are writing because they love to do it, can’t imagine doing anything else, and not because they have any delusions they might possibly make a decent living from writing and publishing. No wonder they’re looking for bargains.” But I held my tongue. **(And that bookstore has since closed.)
So, if you want to see what some of my friends are up to, read through the listings on my blogroll, to the right —> Click on their blogs, follow their posts as they add them, read what they have to say. And watch as their writing blooms and their careers take off. I have no doubt that these friends are all heading towards great futures. I’m very proud, and honoured, to know all of them. And also read the blogs of the established writers listed here, and buy their books. Discover someone new, or reacquaint yourself by catching up with what they’ve published recently.
Excellent writers all. Excellent people – the very best!