Thursday, January 24, 2013

Do You Pay it Forward?

Isn't it nice when a fellow colleague plugs you or your work. Whether it's your blog, fanpage, or book, a pat on the back and a 'shared' response always feels good. But, do you make sure to reciprocate? 

I see this all the time on Facebook and LinkedIn. A person will reach out and join your blog/page and the person who gets the follow doesn't give back in some shape or form. Whether joining back or sharing the page with others, anything to say thank you for taking the time to read my page and I will read yours. 

Not all of us are published, but we are working toward the same goals. Now, I realize this is hard to keep up with all the time, but I see people that never do it. You know the type, even if you suggested something to help them with their platform, they would think they've got it covered, you're the know-it-all.

I don't mean to pick on people, I just wonder what runs through through their head? I try to reciprocate as much as possible. I'm sure there are those whom I have missed, but for the most part I try to get to everyone. 

When I am on a deadline it makes it hard to add additional responsibilities to the mix, but I will stop and remember that we are all trying to support each other in one fashion or another. And this doesn't just point to writers, there are other types of artists that should be doing the same thing. 

Social media is very competitive. I remember when I booked bands and comedians and I was told how competitive other agents were and that I need to step on toes to accomplish certain goals. I didn't agree with that, and I still don't. There is room for everyone in my opinion. Look at all the TV shows, cable networks, channels, internet, there are openings everywhere.

The same goes for books. If your work is great, it will get noticed. It might take some time since there are so many out there either self-publishing or traditional, but if you have a wonderful story, people will share it with others. And, if you are getting your name out there, you will get more sales.


It's like my father used to say, "What goes around, comes around"!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you experience or see this. What do you do to reach out and support someone?

I would love to know your thoughts and if there are any of you who I need to reciprocate let me know. I want to make sure to appreciate your time and acknowledgment! 

Love, Lisa


9 comments:

  1. Lisa,

    Nice post. I definitely agree. There is little time left over soemtimes, but I always try to say something to everyone who has helped me, or made a comment on a post, etc.

    A also lend a helping hand to others, if they are struggling with something that I have learned. As you stated, we are all in this together. As writers we are all at different stages along that road, but we all work toward the same goal.

    I think it is only right to step in and help if you can. I certaibly appreciate your time in reading my cureent WIP and giving me your invaluable feedback.

    Sunni

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    1. Thanks for the comment Sunni, and speaking of your manuscript I will work on your new chapter today! You are coming along nicely!

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  2. Hi Lisa, Enjoyed your post. I'm sure you're are familiar with the term, "What's in it for me." Well, the same seems to apply to those in our industry, who are constantly lookig for,"a handout." It's a crying shame that some of these, and I hate to say this,leechers, are always looking for the easy way out. They want to glean from you, but will not reciprocate. My advice to those who are quite busy, take a few minutes a day from your busy schedule, and respond to these unassuming, selfless, and experienced writers, whose contributions have heped so many of us. Blessings

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    1. I agree Johnny! You scratch my back, I scratch yours...at least that is what my Dad taught me! Thanks for the post and keep on keeping on my good friend!

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  3. Very interesting entry Lisa. You hit on universally felt issues for many of us (I think you are very good at doing that by the way). I, for one, appreciate every ounce of feedback I receive from others, including yourself, and giving it back is an even greater pleasure if it can make a difference on this somewhat challenging journey! You have given good support to others, and I believe 'what goes around, comes around'

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    1. Thanks Shirlene, and thanks for saying I'm good at saying it like it is, and hopefully without feelings hurt, but instead people thinking about what they're doing. I know that you are supportive and I believe you deserve more back than you get!

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  5. See how I am? You wrote this almost a week ago and I'm just now getting around to commenting. That's the problem, trying to keep up with all the social networking, responding to other's blogs, etc.

    Oh, well. At least I try.

    :)

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    1. Yes you do, and it's okay if you're late sometimes!

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