I first heard about this from Chuck Wendig’s blog and it made my heart hurt. When I posted Chuck’s blog post in a Facebook writing group I’m a part of, a lot of WRITERS, WOMEN WRITERS were echoing all of these excuses for why Stacey Jay’s kickstarter project was “inappropriate.” I’ve about had it with that group after this (along with some previous incidences). Shouldn’t writers support and celebrate when someone finds an innovative way to pay the bills through writing? Doesn’t that make it a little bit easier for us coming after?
Okay, I’m not going to lie. I’m upset. In fact, I’m shaking with the force of my feels. So please brace yourself, because this might be a bumpy ride.
Where to begin?
Right. Stacey Jay.
For those of you who haven’t had the distinct pleasure of meeting Stacey Jay, she’s a tremendous YA author whose talent is equaled only by her kindness. I met her at the Las Vegas Book Festival. I entered a room (where I knew almost nobody) wearing a giant poofy, sparkly prom dress and Stacey immediately made me feel welcome. That’s the kind of person she is.
You can read about that conference right here!
Unfortunately, Stacey’s book sales haven’t been strong enough for her publishing house to keep her on as an author. And at the end of the day, if a publisher feels like they will make more money investing in someone…
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