Bitter Book Battle: When a Decade-Long Friendship Turns into a Literary Showdown 📚🥊

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Ever wondered what happens when two friends, both aspiring authors, find their careers taking drastically different paths? Meet 'Anna' and our 'Literary Dragon', two friends who bonded over their shared love for writing. Over the years, Literary Dragon has soared to the bestseller lists while Anna's journey has been less stellar. Now, their friendship is on the rocks, and it all boils down to a clash over success, support, and a little thing called 'genre'. 📚🐉

The Tale of Two Authors Begins 📖

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The Rise of the Literary Dragon 🐉

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Anna's Struggles and the Agent Dilemma 📚

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The Feedback Fallout 😲

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The Silence and the Self-Publishing Decision 🤐

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The Blurb Battle and the Accusations Fly 🥊

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The Final Showdown and the Question of Entitlement 🤔

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A Literary Friendship on the Brink: Success, Jealousy, and the Fight for Recognition 📚💥

In a world where success is often measured by bestseller lists and six-figure deals, the friendship between 'Anna' and our 'Literary Dragon' is teetering on the edge. As Literary Dragon's career took flight, Anna's struggled to take off. When Anna asked for a referral to Literary Dragon's agent, things began to unravel. The final straw? A request for a blurb for Anna's self-published book, which was met with a resounding 'no'. Accusations flew, harsh words were exchanged, and now, their friendship hangs in the balance. But who's in the wrong here? Let's see what the online community thinks of this literary showdown... 🧐

Being realistic with friends and the challenges of blind support. 🤝

Normal_Fishing9824 | Normal_Fishing9824

NTA. Anna should appreciate the free help from a successful author 👍

JeepersCreepers74 | JeepersCreepers74

NTA for reasonable critique. Successful authors also procrastinate on Reddit 😂

magnus_the_fish | magnus_the_fish

NTA. Helping a friend with a blurb can risk reputation 👍

Taffy666 | Taffy666

Friend accuses OP of being selfish and unhelpful. 😠

Ktlynne91 | Ktlynne91

Mixed feelings on the book, but acknowledging growth as writers

BeepBlipBlapBloop | BeepBlipBlapBloop

NTA: Friend needs thicker skin to succeed in writing industry 📚🥊

Glum_Suggestion_6948 | Glum_Suggestion_6948

Friend's lack of understanding and sensitivity raises doubts about commitment. 🤔

Loose-Fold6570 | Loose-Fold6570

Friendship turned sour over book blurb request. Success breeds guilt.

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"You're not the a**hole for giving honest feedback on her book. She sounds toxic."

Vixen_Us | Vixen_Us

Author solidarity! 📚✊ Helping friends doesn't mean doing everything.

ktempest | ktempest

NTA. Don't risk your reputation on a subpar book. 📚

C_Majuscula | C_Majuscula

Helping a friend with their manuscript: NTA, but not appreciated 🙅

AgathaM | AgathaM

Pediatrician refuses surgery, patient upset. NTA. Genre differences explained.

NotSoAverage_sister | NotSoAverage_sister

A decade-long friendship turns into a literary showdown 📚🥊

swillshop | swillshop

Engaging comment and replies about the commenter's desire to read the books

AthenaAscends | AthenaAscends

NTA. Your friend's expectations were unrealistic. You went above and beyond.

Everlosst | Everlosst

Balancing honesty and support in a literary friendship 📚🥊

Sassykittygirl | Sassykittygirl

Author's condescending tone towards friend sparks heated debate. 📚🥊

ethan_winfield | ethan_winfield

Letting go of a friendship without being the a**hole. 👍

Helpful_Crew6954 | Helpful_Crew6954

Jealous friend tries to steal author's success, NTA 👏

CrabRepresentative50 | CrabRepresentative50

NTA author shares struggles with critique partners, offers advice 📚

Apple_Shampoo1234 | Apple_Shampoo1234

NTA. Success is personal, but a little help is appreciated! 👍

TheGoodJeans | TheGoodJeans

NTA. Entitled friend rejects feedback, jeopardizes your reputation. Good riddance! 👋

SOSKinu | SOSKinu

Navigating jealousy and entitlement in the world of writing 📚🥊

Liminal-Space-Cadet | Liminal-Space-Cadet

Friend criticizes, then asks for recommendation in different genre. NTA.

dinosuar_enthusiast | dinosuar_enthusiast

Historical fiction writer criticizes poorly researched books and defends the importance of knowledge and skill in writing. 📚

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Reading friends' writing can be tricky 📚🥊

ruMenDugKenningthreW | ruMenDugKenningthreW

Friend using you for self-promotion? Try one last helpful gesture! 👍

Usual_Stranger4360 | Usual_Stranger4360

Friend asks for help with book, but OP refuses. ESH.

Jed08 | Jed08

Experienced author offers reality check to delusional friend 🤔

True-Research817 | True-Research817

Cut ties with the frenemy leech and rise above! 👊

Great_Cockroach69 | Great_Cockroach69

NTA. Protect your professional reputation and set boundaries with her. 👍

Aggravating_Ad9046 | Aggravating_Ad9046

NTA: Cut ties and find real friends. 👍

MakeupForBarnie | MakeupForBarnie

Not the a**hole - the battle of words begins! 👊

YesterdaySalt9464 | YesterdaySalt9464

NTA, reasonable reasons. Going for privilege card = dramatic 🥊

Gwenbyn | Gwenbyn

Supportive comment encourages author to pursue book-selling aspirations 👏

Traveling-Techie | Traveling-Techie

Navigating the delicate balance of giving honest feedback as an author 📚

ThrowAway280796 | ThrowAway280796

Not the a**hole. Let the literary showdown begin! 📚🥊

Appropriate-Bat2762 | Appropriate-Bat2762

NTA - Friendship isn't about blindly supporting someone. Congrats on success! 👏

randomerouthere | randomerouthere

NTA: Brutal honesty leads to a literary friendship fallout 📚🥊

Plenty_Metal_1304 | Plenty_Metal_1304

NTA. Honest feedback can spark jealousy and anxiety in friendships.

Allalngthewatchtwer | Allalngthewatchtwer

NTA. She's using you to get famous, but you worked hard 👏

EvaMohn1377 | EvaMohn1377

NTA, but should have done the blurb. 📚

Andieleaandie | Andieleaandie

Struggling writer supports fellow writer, acknowledges jealousy, and offers advice 👏

Necessary-Air-9509 | Necessary-Air-9509

Refusing blurb was right, but critique could've been kinder. ESH 🙅

Electrical_Turn7 | Electrical_Turn7

Book preferences: love it or hate it, no in-between! 📚🥊

Brave-Tomorrow1611 | Brave-Tomorrow1611

NTA. Writing is about more than daydreaming 🥊

Logic_ally | Logic_ally

NTA: Friend can't handle criticism, missed opportunity for growth 🤷‍♂️

Proud_World_6241 | Proud_World_6241

Wild publishing industry drama! NTA, Anna needs help! 😲

Pleasant_Egg_6693 | Pleasant_Egg_6693

NTA. Facing reality: the harsh truth of being a writer 📚🥊

Writerofworlds | Writerofworlds

Friendship turned toxic: Are they just using you? 🤔

Sad-Concert3258 | Sad-Concert3258

When being right costs you a friendship. YTA 😬

DeepStuff81 | DeepStuff81

Ending a toxic friendship with grace and self-respect. 👏

Big__Bang | Big__Bang

Learn to deflect, deflect, deflect. Set boundaries with friends. 🙌

Gulliverlived | Gulliverlived

NTA. Writing is hard work 🤔 Your friend wants success without effort 👍

BunnySlayer64 | BunnySlayer64

"NTA. A relatable struggle in the tough world of novelists. 📚🥊"

Dangerous_Revenue976 | Dangerous_Revenue976

NTA. Some people just aren't appreciative of constructive criticism. 👏

creditspread | creditspread

NTA. Reasonable points, but friend can't handle criticism. 🤷‍♂️

LadyBugLover888 | LadyBugLover888

Well-intentioned critique can strain a friendship. 📚💔

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NTA: Honest feedback in writing can be cut throat. Any YA fantasy recommendations? 😂

ClockworkCLJ | ClockworkCLJ

No-win situation, but you did the right thing. NTA 👍

Prestigious_Isopod72 | Prestigious_Isopod72

YA fantasy fan seeks book recommendations. Share your titles! 📚

balormadalor | balormadalor

NTA: Giving constructive criticism is fair, success takes time 👍

Illustrious-Way8760 | Illustrious-Way8760

Confused reader asks if book is by specific authors. 📚

IEatHumansForDinner | IEatHumansForDinner

Self-published author defends their hard work against unrealistic expectations. 📚

OnlySomewhatSane | OnlySomewhatSane

NTA. Building career vs. instant success. Adult YA readership.

Quirky_Squirrel_Girl | Quirky_Squirrel_Girl

NTA. Friend tries to use your success for her benefit. 🎵🤘

Safe_Competition_671 | Safe_Competition_671

NTA: A good friend tells you what you want, a mentor what you need 👍

Zealousideal-Owl-459 | Zealousideal-Owl-459

Envious of a supportive friend in the bitter book battle! 📚🥊

ToSeeCringeInPeace | ToSeeCringeInPeace

Not the a**hole. Let the literary showdown begin! 📚🥊

PomegranateNo3151 | PomegranateNo3151

NTA! Sure, I've got some YA book recs for you 📚🥊

mysafespace123 | mysafespace123

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