Professional jealousy…in a word, it sucks.
It’s so easy to look at someone else’s accomplishment and feel envy. To wonder, why can’t I have what they have? Especially when you’re talking writers and publishing contracts/bestsellers lists. But it’s a dangerous emotion to have. Why?
Well, for one, a lot of these things are out of our control. The market is ever-changing and retail space for books is shrinking. This is bound to create disparity between authors who are already well-established and those who are newer to the industry. Sure, the digital revolution will probably change this up to some degree, but things are still in flux. Who knows how they’ll shake out?
Secondly, we are all different. Our writing, the way we think, our worldbuilding. These are all factors that go into determining our professional successes, along with a healthy dose of luck. And let’s face it, some of us have more of that than others.
I have more than my fair share of frustrations and jealousy over the success of other authors. Whenever I’m feeling that way, I try to remind myself that they probably had a good amount of failures too. Everyone pays their dues, at one time or another.
(Updated Note: This blog post is my overall reflection on the industry, not a personal indicator of anything going on in my life right now. I have actually have some major things in the works that I can’t wait to SQUEE about! 🙂 )
Do you ever have moments of frustration, moments of jealousy over others’ professional successes? How do you handle it? Do you ignore it? Get wasted? What?