I met with my youngest client today. He had just finished his first book and the mood was festive, or was that the Sauvignon Blanc speaking? I asked what the reaction had been among friends and family, and he said reactions had ranged from tepid and dismissive to sometimes hostile. The young man was surprised, possibly hurt. And I say possibly because he seemed to take it all with a grain of salt. I asked about his parents, and even they, who had always been supportive of his writing career, now when he finally had something to show for his efforts, were somewhat indifferent. More than a few friends barely feigned interest in his book, others were happy to exhaustively describe the book they wanted to write. I understand jealousies and rivalries between writers but where was this coming from?
Who’s in your corner? Who ain’t?
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