When I lived in Vegas, I worked in a law office as receptionist/legal assistant for a couple of attorneys who had just opened their own personal injury practice. One of our clients was a self-proclaimed author. He was very particular about his name, and would always, always spell it even though it was a no-brainer (five letters TOTAL for first and last name). He was a bit of arrogant ass if you want to know the truth. I always wondered whether he was legitimate or not. Or if he just said he was a writer because he thought it made him cool.
Awhile back, I was preparing a mailing to our clients (a chore where my mind is free to roam). His name came to me out of the blue. I think it's a testament to how irritating he was that his voice would still reverberate with me 20 years later?
So, I did what any self-respecting curious gal would do.
I Googled him.
(What on earth did I do before computers and Google? )
Funny thing was he had JUST published his first book. Like only weeks before. I found pictures of his launch party and ummmmmm....only in Vegas is all I have to say.
On the one hand, I'm GLEEFUL that the arse had to wait nearly 20 years to get published. Serves him right for being such a horse's patootie. He was exactly the sort to reply to a form rejection with a colorful tirade.
On the other hand, I'd always sorta assumed he was a big fraud and now I can't think that, can I? I've also got a ticking clock...as long as it takes me LESS than 20 years to get published, I'll be happy because I'll have beat him! hahahaha.
So, do you have anyone you're secretly in competition with? I know, we're not SUPPOSED to compare ourselves with anyone else. Our journey is our own. I believe all that, I do. But I know human nature, and I know we do it anyway. If Joe Schmoe got 2 offers of representation, then I want three. Or...if Brainy Janey finished her book in 6 months you're aiming for 5 months, 3 weeks and 6 days.
Don't name your nemesis--I don't wanna start anything! Just tell me if you've used someone else's experience to set your goals.