One for All, All for One


Several years ago an author acquaintance asked me to recommend him for the faculty of the next Myrtle Beach Conference. Because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, I told him two things.

1. The truth: that I didn’t have much impact on faculty selection.

2. What I thought was the truth: that want-to-be authors consider published authors to be the competition.

Perhaps I was under the misconception that a limited number of books would be published each year and that each time another person signed a book contract, my chances diminished. Or maybe, back then, I hadn’t met many published authors.

Since then several members of my SCWW chapter (including me) have published books. I have met many authors at SCWW conferences and at Fiction-Addiction book signings. Ten to twenty percent of my Facebook friends are authors.

What I have learned since then, especially from watching the Book Pregnant team in action, is that other authors are an author’s best supporters. They encourage each other, buy each other’s books, and promote other authors and their books.

The competition is not other authors, but is modern life with its myriad time-consuming distractions and instant gratifications. Why spend many hours reading a book when you can watch a movie in two hours, watch a TV comedy in a half-hour, spend a day playing video games or catching up with your 1000 Facebook friends.

Read. Write. Support your author friends. Recommend good books to others.


5 Responses

  1. Beth Browne
    February 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    So true, Jim! And I used to have the same misconception. Kudos!!

  2. Kim Blum-Hyclak
    February 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Short and sweet, Jim. But you are so right. Great post.

  3. Kia
    February 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Great blog post, Jim. You’ve hit it out of the park once again.

  4. Marilyn Benner-Sowyak
    Marilyn Benner-Sowyak
    February 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Very well done. I could not agree more.

  5. Teresa Burgher
    Teresa Burgher
    February 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well said and way to come clean about our fears and hopes. I’ve been working with a group of artists/makers for 32 years. It is a large group. We shamelessly drag newcomers to the table and eventually they too become Master Craftsmen and women, or as 2013 presenter, Alison Pack dubs herself, a Glamoursmith. See link on just this thing at, Simply Stated Yuma is Heaven on Earth, February 13, 2013.

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