Stephanie Osborn - Things They Don’t Tell You In Author’s School, Installment #3:
Some things have nothing to do with your manuscript.
Thing Three: There is a pecking order among authors, and it is not entirely determined by tenure, sales figures or awards.
Who published you? How big was your last advance? (This is not, coincidentally, often determined by the size of the publishing house.) The bigger the publishing house, the larger your advance, the higher up the pecking order you are – at least in the minds of some.
Be prepared to experience resentment from those below you, and disdain from those above. Some of us view the playing field as level – but not all.