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I think it's really important to learn to separate the business of this industry from your craft. Also, don't abandon your non-book hobbies (& also people) that bring you enjoyment while chasing a career/success. #askpatrice
So 1. this business is brutal and I've seen friends totally screwed up by it. But also most businesses are brutal, ya know? Don't associate your self worth with business success. #askpatrice
Find non book stuff and people to bring you happiness (or at the very least talk about non-book stuff with book-friends, haha. don't have it always be about the business. you dont wanna be like oh my entire life is books so when book stuff goes wrong it all is shit). #askpatrice
2? 3? (ignore the numbering lol) Be flexible. Don't get too attached to projects. As in, if your editor wants another project from you vs, the one you offer, if you love working with this editor and still enjoy that other project dont be so stubborn you cant adapt #askpatrice
THAT SAID, know when to be stubborn AF. Sometimes you KNOW the project you're working on is the one you need to get published and you've just gotta be super dedicated to that and maybe that means leaving your long-term editor/publisher. Again, be flexible! #askpatrice
You also have to be your best advocate. Always. This means you might have to make tough decisions (like leaving your long term agent/editor) for your career. It also means don't be afraid to pitch yourself for things you really want but are scared to ask for! #askpatrice
You wanna go on tour and your publisher isn't taking you? Make a case for yourself. Start by figuring out where you know people at/people who will SHOW UP for you and plan events there. Ask your publisher to cover your flight or hotel or even just gas to/from places. #askpatrice
Not everyone is given a tour outright, some never are. You have to make happen what you can. The big flashy authors who are flown everywhere are the ones you see, yes. BUT most your favs aren't at that level. You've gotta hustle. #askpatrice
But also, know when to say NO. Don't accept every interview, guest post, festival invite. You can't do it all. Trust me on this one. Pick things that will give you new exposure... and don't forget to cater to your existing fanbase as well. #askpatrice
Ask me specifics re: author career ??s if you have them, folks :)

Also, @jules_writes you rock, too! #askpatrice
Also, I'd add just in general don't always follow the flashiest of things. Sometimes a much smaller publisher is what's best for you. Make a decision that's best for you at the time and don't spend the entire time looking over your shoulder and wondering #whatif <3 #askpatrice
Also for times when you do need to adapt, make sure you have an agent...a good agent will help that career planning process! #askpatrice
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