Positive Response to Negative Comment
by Marlene Mesot
As a fellow author I felt compelled to respond to a negative comment which was posted on a writers group list. As always, a prominent author/marketer provided us with sound advice and detailed guidance, not only as to what to, but how to, in our writing and sharing endeavors. Example, a tip concerning marketing was posted. It said…
1. If you’re submitting work to a blogger in hopes that they will post to their blog, you need to support that blogger by reading and sharing their work.
2. That also goes for magazines you’re published in and podcasts you’re featured on.
3. In short, if you want someone to share your work with their readers, or listeners, you need to show them support by reading, listening to and sharing their work.
I’m not suggesting you read everything from every blogger or magazine owner you submit work to, or listen to each podcast that comes out. But in the world of Indie publishing (Self-Publishing) People remember who’s supporting them and who isn’t.
Aside from partner models such as Medium, no writer makes money from their material being posted by other bloggers. Their material merely provides free content and increased traffic for the blogger.
This post goes on to say…
Not long ago I found out that a guest contributor of my magazine had never
even bothered to read or share The Writer’s Grapevine.
What do you think I did with the next submission they sent?
I’ll tell you what. I threw it in the trash and I didn’t bother to even
write them back.
In short, if someone has no interest in me, I’ve no interest in them.
The world of Indie Publishing is a tight knit community. If you treat others
well, they will treat you likewise.
If you don’t. Well. Don’t complain to me when your work never shows up
The negative comments that were posted went something like this…
This is complete foolery and nonsense! Plumbers don’t hand out their competition’s business cards or recommend other colleagues for new jobs; they hand out their own business cards and solicit themselves. Musicians trying to get signed to record labels have absolutely no obligation to support or share material recorded by other artists on these labels in hopes of getting noticed by some weird fuzzy-wuzzy reciprocation mumbo-jumbo.
All this mutual redirecting, liking and sharing across social media in so-called "writing communities" is not only encouraging mediocre writers, it’s wasting people’s time and making them think their careers are moving forward when they’re not achieving any milestones, not publishing or selling books, not getting paid to write for magazines and periodicals, not going on book appearance tours or being appointed to creative writing professorships. Those are writing career milestones, not mutual social media followers or friends, not mutual likes or shares.
The commenter’s response was…
I’m removing this person from our group.
I’ve just found three very inappropriate messages in moderated status.
Please disregard this message.
Jackasses not welcome here.
My response was…
I am writing to support the original commenter’s view of social media sharing and helping each other. I believe she said at one point that we are snowflakes in a blizzard of authors in the self-publishing world. Writing is an art form and art is meant to be shared. It can be viewed multiple times and each time there is a new perspective or insight gained from true art. If we are but snowflakes then we must stick together to support one another in order to achieve the encompassing blanket of whiteness. or wholeness, in our world.
After all, stories were initially shared via word of mouth in aural tradition. Today that just translates to digital or social media. At first I didn’t get the importance to repeating, or retweeting, what someone else has said. But if this is the new way of the aural tradition, then, let’s support each other and embrace it. After all, what’s a world without a blanket of snow?
In a separate discussion the original commenter said…
Listen everyone, we are but tiny snowflakes in a blizzard of authors and businessowners.
Either learn the ways of today or you’ll be left behind.
In conclusion, I would add that although we are not obligated, we should and can help each other as artists. Unlike a business where you only need one company to fix a problem, to represent you in a particular area, writing is a craft where people can acquire it in multiple amounts. Have you ever heard of someone reading only one book in his or her lifetime? Hopefully, instead of abandoning you for a “better author”, people will see your willingness to help as a generous and kind quality and like you more for it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER WORK…
Marlene Mesot writes contemporary Christian mystery, suspense, romance, short stories and poetry. She has also written a one act play which is included as bonus material in her novel The Purging Fire.
Marlene Mesot, an only child, grandchild and niece from Manchester New Hampshire, and deceased husband Albert, have two sons, two grandchildren and English Mastiff dogs. She is legally blind and moderately deaf due to nerve damage at premature birth. She has loved writing since early childhood.
Marlene holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Keene State in Keene, New Hampshire and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from U-NC Greensboro, North Carolina.