1. An individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears.
2. The term "douchebag" generally refers to a male with a certain combination of obnoxious characteristics related to attitude, social ineptitude, public behavior, or outward presentation.
Though the common douchebag thinks he is accepted by the people around him, most of his peers dislike him. He has an inflated sense of self-worth, compounded by a lack of social grace and self-awareness. He behaves inappropriately in public, yet is completely ignorant to how pathetic he appears to others.
* Definition provided by Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com)
Without mentioning any names - I am "friends" or I suppose it would be more accurate to say I am somewhat friendly with a certain author who thinks he is God's gift to the profession. His facebook, twitter and personal website all brag of his great writing ability, not from other authors who have given him blurbs... but from himself. He tells his readers that reading his work is a privilege (seriously) and he is constantly the kind of guy who interrupts others because he knows more about this industry than anyone else possibly could. *insert laugh here*
Why am I ranting about all this? Well, other than the simple fact that he gets on my nerves... it's because I want the readers out there to know, not all authors are like that. There are people like Jamie Manning, who writes the Blood Prophecy series, Stephanie Keyes who writes the Star Child series and NUMEROUS other awesome authors who are more than humble... they are grateful. Grateful to anyone who would take the time to pick up their books and read the stories they created. Grateful for a reader to choose their book over the infinite other choices on the market out there. Grateful to have the opportunity to do what they love and have their work out in the world. I know because that is exactly how I feel - overjoyed for every single book I sold, and appreciative to every single person who spent the time to read what I wrote. (Especially the ones who gave me good reviews *ahem* - kidding... at least a little.)
Just wanted to get that out there... and you may be wondering if I'm concerned about my acquaintance reading this blog and getting offended. I'm not. I'm relatively sure he doesn't read anything that he does write himself.
Support non-douchebag authors!
Here's a few to get your started...
(click on the photos to visit their websites)
I think I am going to add this as a weekly thing on my blog. If you're looking for a good read and want to support someone who doesn't sport a messianic complex, buzz on over here. Any author I support is wonderfully nice. Otherwise, I wouldn't mention them. I'm just like that.