Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Leading By Example
I live in the country by choice.
I am an author by choice.
Nothing in the publishing industry seems to come easy, and I don't agree with all its diverse decisions. About the time we adapt to one change, along comes another. So many styles of self-publishing. So many forms of e-book. Agent or no agent. Big Six or small press. Nook or Kindle. Public appearances or online promotion. Paper or electronic, or both. In actuality, the public decides what works and what doesn't. And because you don't like some faction of the industry, or dislike a hurdle that pops in your way to achieve publication, doesn't mean you turn mean and ugly about it, vowing to scream to the masses how you disagree, pointing an ugly finger at those who dare go against your line of thought. Plus, do your readers, people just seeking an enlightening and entertaining book, need to hear about the dirty laundry of your profession?
Who hasn't read a myriad of complaints on Facebook and Twitter about this year's politics?
People force nasty remarks on their social media followers, which spawns a zillion caustic retorts, to include complaining about nasty retorts! They forget that they'd make a lot more headway speaking about the positives of their supported candidate than bashing the opposing one. Since when do we convince someone to change sides by belittling them? Such wasted energy that could be used elsewhere.
Maybe we can learn from this election year as we continue our publishing journey.
Instead of hating Amazon, criticizing the self-published, or hating the New York publishers, try focusing on the positives of the route you DID choose.
There's a lot of truth to "learning by example." Nobody likes to have an opinion forced down his throat. But there's a subtle power in marching on with a smile on your face, knowing you made the right choice for you. People adore confidence and personal satisfaction, and if your choices in life make you happy, chances are someone else is going to want to be like you . . . using your choices to make themselves happy, too.