Saturday, November 9, 2013

Should Authors Promote Other Authors?

I've been asked why I spend precious time promoting other authors? The question always comes up - "Why would you want to help your competition?"

The answer is really simple. I appreciate every writer and the awesome amount of work, worry, and concern they put into each and every story they write. At times, the work seems endless, while the return may be minimal. And even though we're all in the same pursuit of story-crafting, we are not in competition. How can we be? No other writer can tell the story that's in my head and heart, nor I theirs. Our products are unique, one-of-a-kind. To promote other writers is to promote our industry in general, which helps all writers, including myself.

So, as a writer, the next time you have an opportunity to assist another author, take the time! Take the emphasis off of self and give generously of your time and unique platform to boost another author's efforts to grow in talent and success. Doing so will always have positive returns.



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19 comments:

  1. Agreed, Lynda! Volunteering/helping others is also a great stress reducer and makes you feel good about yourself and the world! I appreciate every one who's helped me and try to return the favor!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Ashantay. And don't we all need more stress relief. LOL

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  2. I really agree! I don't feel as if other authors are 'competition.' They are colleagues in the journey. We individually can't write fast enough to fill every publisher's slot for every publication round--nor write fast enough to produce books as fast as readers can read them. So...there is room enough for all good writers. And we do need to support each other! Anyway--my opinion!! :) Barb Bettis

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      A very good point. There certainly is room for every writer and there are readers waiting for every book. Thank you for your opinion.

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  3. I agree completely, Lynda! I don't see other authors as competition. I see them as sisters. We're all in this together. Might as well stick together. :)

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    1. Good perspective! We are sister of the same family of dreamers and storytellers. And what a unique group we are! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  4. Well said! Bravo. I agree with you completely. I've met some wonderful authors since I published and I enjoy being part of a supportive community.

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    1. Hi Melissa,
      Support is certainly one of those little essentials that every writer needs to keep0n-keeping-on. And the writing community, in general, does excel at that, and aren't we glad! Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. I remind myself for every author there is a reader, and not every reader is going to read my stuff, but will read another writer's words. Pay forward is always a wise practice.

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      Paying forward is indeed a wise practice. And it's so thrilling to see it in action. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  6. There's always room for generosity of heart. And I've heard it said, if we choose kindness, we NEVER make the wrong choice. Who understands the trials and tribulations of a writer's lot better than another writer? I just wish I had more time to spend on behalf of those who have helped me!

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    1. Hi Laura,
      It's so true that only a writer can understand the tribulations of another writer. By nature it's a lonely vocation, so the warm generosity of other of like-mind is doubly appreciated.

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  7. I never consider another author a "competitor". Our work is all so different, even within the same sub-genre. Author friends have generously helped me, and I'm delighted to return the favor. I think we all benefit.

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    1. Hi Alison,
      We do benefit, don't we? Helping one another is not only good business, but it's a lot of fun, too. And haven't we all found good writers and stories that we enjoyed as readers by widening out and lending a helping hand.

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    2. Well said, Lynda.
      I'm a member of a writers group-they've shared their knowledge and taught me so much, promoting other writers is a way to give back.

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  8. I love hosting other authors on my blog--it fills days I just don't have time to work on because I'm busy writing! This gives my followers more to read and like, and I know that someday I'll want to feature my story--and another blog is a perfect place to do it. So, yes, I think it's a real win-win.

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    1. Diversifying our blog material is a good way to draw and keep new readers. So sharing our space with other writers is a win-win situation.

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  9. I love this! and fully agree with you! Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks for that encouraging comment.

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