Today I have the privilege of presenting the final part of Amanda Bridgeman’s guest post on being a successful writer.
I can honestly say it’s wonderful to have Amanda here – her advice on writing is always encouraging, and her understanding of the publishing business is both insightful and grounded in experience.
In my eighteen months of being published, I have met quite a lot of people in the industry and I’m happy to say that most of these people have been awesome.
I’m the kind of person who remembers when someone has done right by me (and there have been a lot), and I also remember when they have done wrong.
I was raised to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, so it’s ingrained into me and in everything I do.
When people support me by retweeting or sharing my posts, I always make sure I say thank you and try to reciprocate with their next promo tweet/post.
I also try to pay it forward and support other authors I may not know.
One trend I’m seeing, particularly on Twitter, is that less and less people are saying thank you, and less and less people are reciprocating when you retweet/repost something of theirs.
Now, I obviously don’t expect a big-name author to say thank you or retweet something, as they tend to have thousands/millions of fans, and that is just not feasible.
BUT, when I see ‘small’ authors who are still trying to climb their way up, who don’t say thank-you or offer support in-kind, well I’m a little disappointed to be honest.
I normally give them a few chances before I decide that my time is best used in supporting someone else who will appreciate it.
So, I guess what I’m saying here is: Don’t ever take anything for granted.
The publishing industry is a small one, so don’t be rude, don’t be selfish, don’t think that you don’t need anyone else’s help.
I guarantee you that being kind and generous, being supportive, and being thankful will get you more places, faster.
If someone is taking the time to retweet/share your book news, they are helping you promote and potentially sell your book, so for god’s sake show your appreciation and say thank you!
And that doesn’t just go for supporting other authors, it applies to everyone in the industry and your readers too. Especially your readers.
Catch the rest of Amanda’s series on the five key elements of being a successful writer:
Born and raised in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, Amanda was raised her on a diet of Rocky, Rambo, Muhammad Ali and AC/DC. She studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University. Her debut novel Aurora:Darwin was published with Momentum in May 2013; the sequel Aurora: Pegasus was published in December 2013; and Aurora: Meridian will be released on 11 September 2014.