To keep from turning off those who can publish you, you must not be desperate.
If we want to make a career out of writing fiction, we need to be professional. Our words and conduct have consequences. Positive or negative. The last thing we want to be is desperate. James Scott Bell shares with us some stories about desperate writers. Their actions are shocking, but I have to wonder what was going on in their mind. And I have to wonder, would I ever unwittingly do that? Yikes! People who know me, know that I’m an introvert and tend to put my foot in my mouth. A lot. Thus I’ve sought to improve my social skills. Practice, practice, remove foot, practice, practice, practice… 🙂
Back to our topic. Being professional is not limited to just our appearance and conduct with others. It begins with our attitude, how we view others, ourselves and our projects. It’s about being teachable, keeping our priorities and maintaining a balance in our lives. It’s keeping that ego in check. We study the art, craft and business of writing and apply what we’ve learned. It’s a constant cycle of seek, study, learn apply. And don’t forget to give. It keeps you sharp and you will reap what you sow.
Many of us think hard about what to wear, what to say, and how to act when we are to meet an editor or agent at a conference, but do we put a lot of thought into our social media presence? What are we tweeting? Are we thinking about the people who read our status updates? Friends, family, current/future employers… What does our on-line presence say about us?
I’ve recently discovered Kristin Lamb, the author of We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She recently blogged about the author’s online presence. Deadly Doses: Politics, Religion and the Author’s Platform. She brings up some good point to consider. Her blog has a wealth of information. If you get a chance, check it out. Warrior Writer. Ooh, I like that. 🙂
So, me faithful comrades what say you? Have you thought about your on-line presence? What have you done or are you doing for professional development?