and wondered why–why would they take this position…
And now I know. It’s pretty much down to people like this:
And to back it up, BTW… his writing is this (PG-13)
Several people said they knew people like this.
I was lucky to not run into people like this in my workshop days… but reading this and the writing (and boasting level… [Like Faulkner, Proust, and Hemingway?]) I now get it.
Agents hate dealing with even a smidgen of a chance of people like this.
I also wrote hundreds of stories as a teen… but then I had the sense to know they were also crap at the time I was writing them. I also have enough sense to know that I have things I really, really want to improve in my own writing.
Stay humble in the industry, or you’ll get fame in a way you don’t want.