You need to be nice to everyone you encounter in publishing. Interns become assistants and assistants become editors and agents and so on. Never be rude or ungrateful because it will come back to haunt you.
This is a small industry and it runs in tight circles. Just because someone’s title is intern or assistant they probably do more than you think they do. And often they read agency slush piles and manuscripts before more senior editors do–so if you want to make a good first impression it lies with them.
I know frustration can get the better of you when things aren’t going your way. (I’ve seen way too many nasty responses to submission rejections to support this fact.) Remember, it’s not personal, it’s just business and everyone is simply doing their job.
Nothing in particular spurred me to write this post–and I won’t share any unbecoming stories that I’ve encountered–but I want to facilitate respect and support for everyone growing in this business, emerging interns and assistants as well as budding writers.
If you have something negative to say, you can write your email response or blog post, but never hit send/publish. Simply file it away and push all that negative energy away with it.
There are tough days, but don’t make it a miserable day for everyone involved. Layer up that thick skin and be respectful of everyone that makes this wonderful business a joy to work in.
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