Pseudo experts, the cross we all have to bear

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Have you ever noticed that no matter what the subject, there will always be certain individuals who assume that they know more about it than anyone else? Take writing for instance. In this case the only ones who can be labelled true experts are writers with books selling in their tens of thousands, despite what any editor or gate keeper may say! If like myself you are fortunate to fall within this category as a successful published Indie writer, it’s bad enough that you instantly come to the attention of non writers in the form of trolls without armchair critics, grammar nazis, pedants, and worst of all, self appointed editors adding to the mix.

I’m sorry to disillusion you all, but just because you may have a degree in English in one form or another, it does not give you the right to poke your often ill informed oar in.

When any of the aforementioned offer their opinion in the form of a review for one of your books, or as a comment to a post on your blog, they automatically assume that even though you are successful, that somehow or other they know far more about the subject of writing than you do. There is very little any writer can do about the former. But when it comes to commenting on our blogs, please remember we hold the power of veto!

I have lost count of how many times I have felt tempted to simply ask them – Ok, tell me, how many books have you written and had published which have become best sellers?

These people really should take a moment to get over their envy or jealousy of our success before they start preaching to any writer. The day I take notice of anyone remotely on the periphery of the writing world, is the day when they can back up what they say with the numbers to prove their expertise. In this particular instance I’m talking numbers of books sold!

If you want to criticise, it’s simple, have one or more books written by you become best sellers. We writers tend to talk among ourselves, critique each other, and above all we make each other aware of total plonkers.

You have been warned!


14 thoughts on “Pseudo experts, the cross we all have to bear

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve not published a book and probably never will, but I’ve had several blogs in my time, currently have one, and will most likely always have one in some form or other. I like the interaction between writer and reader, but I also like that I have all the control. As a raging control freak, that’s very important to me.

    I don’t understand why people feel the need to try to bring other people down, to try to cut them off at the trunk like a pine tree and watch them fall. Isn’t the world a rotten enough place without us making it worse for each other? I still believe my mother was right when she said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    It’s kind of like that ugly sweater you used to know was coming from that same relative every Christmas. All you could do was paste a smile on your face, nod your head, and say, “Thank you.” Well, do it again, except this time you can shake your head as you walk away and you won’t get into any trouble ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m really enjoying your blog, Jack. I’m glad to have found you. Keep ’em comin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. There is no rhyme or reason to critics or trolls. I think a lot of them missed the โ€œIf you canโ€™t say something nice, donโ€™t say anything at allโ€ lesson. Some get high on getting a reaction from their targets. I say get a freakin’ hobby–learn to knit or something.

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  3. Over here, in Belgium, this phenomenon is as yet almost unknown as a result of the nearly non-existence of indie authors (but they’re looming at the horizon :-)). But the times that during my “career” I’ve heard in several very dark and noisy cafรฉs (we Flemings like our cafรฉs dark and noisy): “I can write a better book than your last book, if only I had the time” , and variations on the theme, are uncountable….:-) Oh well…. I gulp down one of these world-famous Flemish monastery beers (yes, in matters of beer, I’m patriotic :-)) and answer: “I’m sure you can.”


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