TEZ TALKS: The Case of Chelsea Cain, and Why Public Perception Matters

Tez Says

(I considered naming this post, “Are You There, Entitlement? It’s Me, Chelsea,” but refrained.)

Welcome to Tez Talks, a blog series on books and publishing from a reader’s perspective.

Today we examine the recent social media behaviour of New York Times Bestselling Author Chelsea Cain, and what we can learn from it.

(TOO LONG; DIDN’T READ: Author complains about not making the NYT list, and complains about people asking her things on social media instead of Googling. Author deletes post upon her publisher’s request, but is clearly not sorry and does not apologise. TEZ SAYS: Don’t take anything for granted. Instead of complaining, take the time to appreciate the very fact that you have a publishing contract and that ANY people are interested in reading and purchasing your works. Because both the “woe is me” and “it’s your fault” attitudes are very off-putting for readers, which may prevent them buying…

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