Have you ever trusted someone, I mean totally trusted them and found out that they've been lying to you over and over again? For years! This has happened to me recently. Today!
This is no one in the writing community, so stop looking around at all the other authors you think you know, who may know me...
After I got over feeling like a complete fool and idiot, I started to think. (I know this is a scary concept, me thinking.) In my writing life I'm very trusting. Oh who am I kidding, I'm very trusting period.
How many times have I sent my manuscript to someone I don't really know. And never thought a thing about it. I've heard of some big names claiming someone stole their idea, I'm pretty sure it wasn't their critique partner, etc. But I shrugged and thought to myself, I'm not big, so no one is going to want my ideas.
How do I know that? And how do I protect myself against someone dishonest. And do I really have to worry about that. Are other writers dishonest? Are there those that steel others ideas?
Until today I would have scoffed and said a loud resounding 'NO!' But unfortunately, there are people in this world who smile sweetly while they tell you a bold faced lie. Now I have to figure out how to find those people and steer clear.
From now on my trusted critique partner will be the only one to see any word I write. That is until I send it off to an agent. But then how do I know that the agent is trustworthy?
My world has been rocked and I'm not sure how to fix it. Tell me how do you know who to trust? Or do you think I'm worrying about nothing?
Have any of you ever experienced dishonestly with another writer. Whether it was as a critique partner or contest?