“As authors, we are like water in a well. But, to be consumed – we all must end up in the same bucket.” Mitt Winstead, July, 2012
Sometimes re-posting other author’s blogs or announcements on Facebook is a bit tedious because being an author also means being busy as a caterpillar in an ant trail most of the time. We don’t want to be bothered and let’s face it – there are a lot of authors using Facebook these days.
The issue isn’t one of convenience or even expedience; it is an issue of thoughtfulness. Authors know firsthand how hard one must work to write even a blog, let alone a novel or book of poems. It is even more daunting to have your work published and be responsible for book signings, advertizing, interviews and all the other things that must be done to promote your work which may or may not bring success. Unfortunately it is usually the latter.
I, for one, like to take the time to re-post another author’s efforts to become successful. Knowing even one “Best Selling” author somehow gives validity to my own work. It is enough to keep me writing my fingers to the bone in hopes of one day making it to the big time with a spot on “The Morning Show,” or any morning show for that matter!
It is not enough to sit back and smile at your own work thinking how wonderful you write; authors must also learn to appreciate fellow writers as well. After all, we are in the same boat, using the same paddle trying to go upstream against the current. We are all fighting the Amazon River which would surely wash us all out to sea with nothing to show for our efforts but wet clothes and an empty wallet.
For the most part, we authors are a friendly lot and deeply care about writing words that are profound in nature and entertaining in content. We all have a sense of humor most of the time, but the rest of the time we are banging our heads bloody against the office door jamb because our Internet service is down or the computer crashed. It’s always nice to hear words of encouragement when we announce these calamities on Facebook or Twitter.
I salute all authors everywhere they live in the world. Let’s stick together and help each other fulfill our dreams and fight the good fight against corporate greed that keeps us poor and starving. It seems to me that dying poor is far better than dying without the thrill of writing something profound (or not). Authoring in itself is a worthy endeavor; I am proud to be called an author!