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Fortune-Cookie Tips for Writers, #282


If you’re a previous midlist author who’s been lucky enough to have a breakout hit with what you consider to be a more literary take on a popular area (say, vampires), resist the impulse to tell any reviewer who will listen about how your book has nothing to do with That Popular Series, which you never read because you are “not the demographic”; this is a misguided attempt to make your own work more important and That Other Author’s less than when what you should really be doing is sending a mental thank-you to That Other Author for paving the way as you roll around on the floor with your $3.75-million-dollar advance.