Literary agent Nathan Bransford has set this week up for positive book talk. Just in time as I was about to stop following his blog with all his negative talk. The publishing world is haemorrhaging, Kindle is killing the book, too many writers are sending out bad queries…. everyday it was another bit of negative energy. If comments on his blog are anything to go by, hundreds of writers were being slathered in the stuff.
Meanwhile, we have Black Monday at stock exchanges around the world and unemployment rising and mines closing. Then apparently yesterday we dodged a meteorite that scientists didn’t even know was there. Eish! I feel like the atmosphere got heavier. It really is starting to become too much.
I think, as Mr Bransford has proven, if you try hard enough you can put a negative spin on anything.
Writer: “Hey my latest book just came out.”
Mr. Negative Man: “Just think how many trees had to die for that.”
Writer: “I finally got an agent.”
Mr. Negative Man: “Just another slug to suck at the little blood you get as a writer.”
Writer: “I won that big literary prize”
Mr. Negative Man: “I heard the competition wasn’t too tough this year.”
In the same vein, everything can have a positive spin.
Writer: “That publisher rejected my novel.”
Ms Positive Lady: “That’s great, one less rejection to get.”
Writer: “My short story didn’t win anything in that contest.”
Ms Positive Lady: “Great, now you can send it out to literary magazines.”
Writer: “My royalty cheque doesn’t reach three digits.”
Ms Positive Lady: “Great- let’s blow it on ice cream.”
Time to bring out that rainbow coloured top and spin, spin, spin- because this world really needs some colour today.