So I read Cedar Sanderson’s lovely piece entitled “To Thine Own Self Be True”, and I found that I agreed with much of what she had to say. I, too, have zero tolerance for those who would sexually abuse others, particularly children. Actions like that are intolerable, and have no place in society, any society.
Furthermore, I join her in rejecting the idea that you have to be part of some clique or club in order to be successful in science fiction and/or fantasy. I think success is largely a matter for self-definition. Success for one author may mean winning a Hugo. For another it may mean buying a mountain. For a third, it may mean finally publishing the story they’ve had rattling around in their head for twenty years. Success is personal, and it’s honestly none of my business. But I do know that unless you decide that being feted at WorldCon or any other con is your definition of success… it’s not.
That all being said, I did disagree with two of her major points. Attending a con may not be necessary to your success, but if your definition of success includes networking with others in the industry and perhaps signing with a publisher, then attendance at cons can certainly be very helpful.
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