Think Twice Before Dissing Other Authors

Get It Write

When I was first starting out as a published author, and before my first book was published, a famous writer at an awards banquet offered me unsolicited advice about launching a career.

“Don’t attack your peers in public,” he said. And he grimly added without explanation, “It’ll come back to haunt you.” He’d obviously crossed that line and regretted the results.

Lynn Shepherd is probably feeling the same way, even though she’s not a newbie. She recently published a blog asking J.K. Rowling to stop writing because her books took up too much space in the publishing world and sucked all the air out of the room.

I suspect her piece was a literary version of “A Modest Proposal,” but I can’t be sure if the author of historical crime novels was writing tongue-in-cheek. That title seemed to be a giveaway, but maybe it was just snark. Her critics took…

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