Maybe I’ve been lucky, because in my experience a lot more writers do understand this than not.
I think I’ve only seen someone say anything cynical like “other writers aren’t my/your community, they’re competition” once.
There’s a trend that I’ve noticed, and I feel it needs attention. In cyberspace as in social space, it seems that writers like to consider other writers their competition. While this might initially make some amount of sense on the surface when it comes to writers within one’s own genre, it makes little to no sense when looking at writers in other genres. However, I’m here to tell you that no matter what genre the fellow writer across from you or next to you or on the next Amazon listing as you writes in, they are not your competition.
Ready for me to prove my point by asking one simple question?
Name one person you know who exclusively reads books from one author.
No, seriously, take your time.
Nobody? No takers? Nobody you know ONLY reads books from ONE single author?
Now, tell me how…
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