Monday, December 9, 2013

Being Professional Means Being Thankful

I know we just wrapped up November with a delicious bow made of stuffing and sweet potatoes but that doesn't mean we should stop being thankful. And with all the contests going on this time of year (Nightmare on Query Street, Baker's Dozen, Pitch Wars, etc) I think this needs to be said:

We writers should be gracious, thankful, and kind to the generous authors/bloggers/agents/editors who offer up their time to run/administer/participate in contests.

Contests are fun and fast and have become a staple of the pre-agented writer community. But every so often someone will post a pissed/angry/bitter rant about a contest.

Don’t. Just don’t be that person.

It’s no fun getting rejected but it does you more harm than good to bitch about it on the web.

Go lick your wounds in a dark corner of your home or neighborhood with a fluffy kitty and an ice cream cone. I'll bring the wine.

Just don’t do it online.

This is a business and professionalism is important. That's not to say you can't be yourself and let your personality fly. Just think before you post. Use common sense.

You wouldn’t go online and post negative reviews about a company that didn’t hire you (or maybe you would. The point is, you probably shouldn’t).

And Please, PLEASE be kind to all those wonderful people who sacrifice their time and energy to host, organize, and participate in contests.


  1. Wonderfully said, Colleen, and oh so important. I hope the new year brings you everything you wish for.

  2. Definitely! Ditto! And you said it! =)

  3. Wow! Thank you so much, especially for the NoQS mention! I've seen, once, an angry rant, and it really did suck. But I think they are becoming rarer, and I hope it stays that way :)) Thank you so much for this post!


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