Wonderful essay on what it means to be an author. We all have different goals from this career choice, and I think it's important that authors recognize that within one another, if they want to form community with each other. :D
Personally, I have always struggled to find fellow writers who had similar career goals as myself. The rare times I do, I've had to deal with professional jealousy and competition at some point! It makes me very sad, because when my friends succeed, I am happy for them! Why shouldn't they be happy for me?
I'm not out to win any contests, just to be the best I can be, personally. It's not about me being a better author than you, or you, or you. It's about connecting with the reader. I hope you're a reader! And I hope to share readers with you! We don't have to "compete" for us to both win!
QueryTracker.net: Think Like an Author: Courtesy of mrpac-man Finding success in publishing is tricky. For one, not everyone defines success the same way. For some, it's e...