What I love most about the writing community is the tremendous support that comes from it. It is rather unusual for businesses to support other businesses. We don’t see McDonald’s advertising how terrific Burger King’s Whoppers taste. We never hear stories of Target giving tips to Walmart on how to better their customer service. Chances are we never will see any of that. However, in the writing world, business is a little different. In the writing world, we see authors promoting other authors. They are sometimes shouting out some other writer’s burgers (or books) on every social media outlet they can. We see authors giving tips on how to better our craft. They will even go line by line to help someone else’s book the best it can be. Why do we do it? What sets the business of writing apart from the business world? After all we ARE competitors. I want to sell as many of MY middle-grade books as I can, so why would I be promoting another middle-grade authors? That’s just crazy! If KFC started promoting Chick-Fil-A’s sandwiches who’d want to buy theirs?
I think business is different in the writing world. Yes, we are competitors, but I think there is something more than just your average business mind. We are all creative thinkers too. We’re artists. We know what it’s like to write a book. We know the dedication it takes. The hours of time spent. The worry and stress of not being good enough. We know it all. So I think we sympathize more with each other. The down side too is, as authors, we are sometimes the harshest to other authors. Because we know what it takes we sometimes forget how hard some have worked to gain their success.
I am a firm believer in Karma. I believe that if you do good and you believe in good, then good is going to come back to you. If you help promote other authors, when it comes time for your book to shine, it will. The funny thing about the word Karma is it’s an action word. It requires action. We can’t just think about helping others, we have to do it. I actually think I have more respect for authors, as a reader, if they are showcasing other people’s books and not just their own. Of course they can share their own books. I want to know they have something new or that it’s hit a new ranking on Amazon, but if that’s the only thing I ever see from them…it doesn’t mean as much to me.
I’m not saying, don’t be business minded. You have to be in order to succeed as a full time writer. Just never be afraid to support another author. Always be willing to give a little shout out. Believe me, you will see a return. Don’t be like the competitive business of the world that fight against each other. Be smart and know that authors work together to help each other achieve their dreams. After all that is what the Authors’ Think Tank is all about. I wish you nothing but success in your writing!