Standing in the Shadow of Success


1. Early reads. That’s right bitches. I read it when it was a draft!

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2. Looking cool at parties. Oh hey, nice book. Check the acknowledgements for my name. (Because I know all of you go to parties where the main theme is reading.)


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3. Feeling like a Twitter rock star when your famous friend replies to your tweet. #BFF #WriterFriends #IKnewHerWhen

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4. Getting signed copies in the mail from the author. Psh. Book signings. All I have to do is ask.

5. Geeking out about authors you love. Omg! I can’t believe (SUPER FAMOUS AUTHOR) blurbed your cover. Did you mention my name?

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6. Going to conventions. Why yes, I am her assistant.

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7. Movies. Did you hear my BFF’s book was optioned for film? What are you doing with your life?

8. Friend critiques. Like, I know you’re famous and everything, but will you please take a look at this?

9. Living vicariously. Because, let’s be honest, we’re super happy for you, but we kind of hate you a little, too.

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10. Being in the “in” crowd. Just think, once you finally get that book deal, you’ll already know EVERYONE in the biz.

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Author photoKacey Vanderkarr is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. Kacey plans to publish her fourth novel, Stepping Stones, in August, 2015. Kacey’s short fiction can be found in Sucker Literary Vol 3, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland, and the upcoming Spark Vol VII.


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