Maybe if I complain more about the other book my book will become better.
I originally posted about Authors X and Z here. Long story short both authors wrote books on the same crime that were released at roughly the same time. Book X went on to be a hit. Book Z did not. Then Author Z recently took to the web to bitch about how bad he thinks Book X is. Follow me so far? If not brush up on your algebra. Now Author Z’s whining is no longer contained to just the internet.
You see Author X is in talks to have Book X made into a movie. Author Z has recently been published in a major metropolitan newspaper saying that Movie X would be insensitive to the victims and their families. The thing is he could be right if the movie’s makers decided to skew some things to make it more ‘Hollywood’. You know what I mean, the type of movie that would say “based on Book X” but really has not much to do with the actual story.
Again this sounds like to me that Author Z is using the possibility of Movie X to promote his own book and that he’s not concerned at all about the victims or their families feelings. To me that’s more insensitive to any movie that could be possibly made.
My question is if Hollywood wanted to make Book Z into a movie would he then turn down the money saying it would be insensitive or would he step over the victims and their families on the way to the bank?
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I am about to tell you a story about two crime authors. In the interest of fairness I will refer to them as Author X and Author Z.
There was a terrible crime many years ago that was very violent and claimed many lives. Both Author X and Author Z were reporters at that time. X was a freelancer who had been published in many national publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Z was a local reporter who worked for a prestigious big city paper. Neither of them were slouches.
Many years after the crime both X and Z wrote books about the crime. We’ll call them Book X and Book Z respectively. Book X was a smash hit. It made the New York Times best seller list and was very received not only by the critics but also the public. Book X has almost become a de facto textbook about the crime in question. Book Z? Not so much. Now this isn’t a critique of Book Z as I haven’t read it. It may even be the better book for all I know but that’s not the purpose of this post.
Recently Book X has been nominated for a state educator’s award. Author Z has taken to the web to plead that the voters of the award to not vote for Book X. Author Z even goes as far to refer to Author X as merely a ‘blogger’ instead of referring to him rightfully as a journalist. Considering I saw Author Z’s piece on blog sites like Examiner.com and The Huffington Post I found that kind of ironic. Is this because Book Z is up for the same award? No, Book Z was not even nominated. I thought that this kind of behavior was odd for not only a professional author but a former journalist as well.
So I decided to more research on this supposed rivalry. As far as I can tell Author X has never said anything about Author Z or Book Z in public. Author Z on the other hand has been all over the web complaining about Book X. One of the more unusual places I saw Author Z defending his book and berating Book X was on a message board dedicated to the criminals and not the victims. This is one of those message boards where the troglodytes that inhabit it think the victims deserved what they got. This is where Author Z went to plead his case. Author Z went on to blame that lack of success of Book Z on everything from Book X had better marketing to blaming the public for being misled by Author X.
The bottom line is I found Author Z’s behavior to be beyond unprofessional but then again I’m just a lowly blogger who has no real publishing experience. Is this normal in the publishing world or is Author Z just experiencing a case of sour grapes?
Personally I think it’s the former and not the latter.
You see there are other crime blogs out there that vastly more successful than mine. With some of them I take issue on some of their ethics or lack thereof. But rather than worrying about what those blogs do I work on mine to make it the best blog it can be. Maybe Author Z can take a lesson from this ‘blogger’.