... Someone asked me that last week. Are you ever jealous? Do you hate the Big Name Author for being popular?
I had to think about that. I might be a little envious of Big Name Author, but most of them have paid their dues. They've worked longer than I have, they've spent decades building their names in an industry where I'm still a baby.
So, no, it's not the Big Name Authors that make me green with jealousy. Usually, it's the debut authors, the querying authors, the ones who have finally edited everything and are READY. I want to be that person. I want the full request. I want the big splashy news about a new contract and a new cover. I want it all!!!!
And, eventually, that will be me. Right now I'm in a writing phase. I'm working on manuscripts (yes - plural - I'm weird like that) to send off. I'm not ready to send those manuscripts off. I may want to query, but the manuscripts aren't perfect yet. That's reality. We all have to deal with it.
Publishing is an industry that requires patience. Even if you self-publish, there are going to be down days. You can easily get lost in the bitter rage of watching another book's number jump. You can stomp around and cry when another author signs another contract. You can throw a childish tantrum because someone didn't like your book.
Jealousy isn't actually required in this business. There's no law that says you have to hate someone for being successful. The sale of another book never means the reader won't return and buy your book, readers are promiscuous like that. You'd be amazed how many readers pick up more than one book, sometimes in one day! I think the only other activity you're allowed to talk about "having more in one day" is food, and even then, if I had a donut for every book I read during the day I'd be spherical (we go through a lot of books at nap time).
I guess what I'm saying is: I'm human. There are days I pout and I'm jealous, but by and large, I'm really excited when a friend sells books. I'm happy when I see people talking about books. I love finding a new book and a new author who rock.
Books are good. Keep reading them.