...just not for me. Recently Janet Evanovich had asked for a $50 million advance on her next four books. This resulted in a big discussion on one of my writing loops. It’s not a Christian loop, but there is some great information to be gleaned from it.
I have to admit to a pang of envy. I can’t even imagine that kind of money. Just for writing four books. Which I plan to do anyway over the next year or so. $50 million!
Someone said on the loop that “it’s human nature to envy those who have more and nothing is ever going to change that.” I thought that was really sad. Because even thought I might have felt a momentary twinge of envy, I don’t have to let it be a big deal.
It makes me sad to think that some writers will never be satisfied with anything. Rave reviews, big sales numbers, huge marketing bucks invested by their publisher, etc. Because if you don’t have a balance, something to counteract that envy, then envy becomes bitterness and questioning of self-worth comes into play. Honestly, I want to have more character than that.
So I have to give myself a reality check every once in a while. When I feel professional envy (or any other kind for that matter), I know it’s time to dig deep into God’s word and have him remind me that HE’S the one in control of, not just my career, but my LIFE! If he wants me to have a $50 million advance one day, will I turn it down? Um…no. But I’ll rest assured HE wanted me to have it and whatever the dollar amount, HE’S the one who made it happen in the first place. So, while my advances certainly don’t rival $50 million, I can rest in the peace that comes with doing what I’m supposed to be doing—and getting the money he wants me to have.
How about you? Have you ever felt that little poke of envy when you hear of another writer doing great? Selling like crazy? Hitting the bestseller’s list while your book simply sells well? How do you respond?