J. Bradley is an Orlando poetry legend, has heavily invested himself in his local literary scene and is a prolific writer. He’s got some poetry collections, from well-known publishers like YesYes Books, NAP and Housefire. He also gave me the privilege of putting his stuff out on Deckfight Press a few years ago (…we’ll make a comeback, kids. Don’t worry.) Anyway, he sent this advice over:
@joshspilker Don't sleep with anyone in the scene.
— J. Bradley (@iheartfailure) January 28, 2014
Agree or Disagree?
And just to further that, don’t sleep with any of your friends. Don’t sleep with those you want to do business with. Don’t sleep to network. Don’t sleep to co-brand. I don’t care about the success of Marie Calloway. It’s fleeting. Full of ridiculousness. If you’re telling yourself it’s for “material” then you don’t really value yourself, and your imagination isn’t that good, and there’s a lot of people who’ve made it without doing that stuff.
Don’t make the literary world into a college dorm. It’s not your job to create another college dorm, there are well-funded endowments for that.