Thank you to everyone who has sent kind wishes and prayers for a healthy and fast recovery from my recent surgery. While I still do not consider myself a hero, I am extremely happy to know that the choice I made has, in fact, helped a person live a longer healthier life which was the sole reason I chose to donate a kidney.
My recovery is going very well and I am back to work on schedule, as my physical health continues to recover from the operation. I am sure I will be in tip-top shape for our Book Festival Season.
During this down time, a lot of Authors stepped forward and offered to help out in a variety of ways, and I am most thankful for that. However, at the same time, our “Call to Action” was going on, and I was shocked at the lack of response from Texas authors in signing the petition requesting the State of Texas to recognize the economic value we bring to this state. Only 1 out of 4 visitors to the petition page actually signed it. While the petition has absolutely no legal value, it was a clear indication that Texas Authors wanted the state to recognize and support them.
Authors are competing against a million newly published books per year and we need every possible advantage we can have. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the State of Texas supporting us, as they do every commercial sector and other creative organizations like Dance and Art. Writing is just as much of a creative aspect as dance and art, and we, as authors, should receive the same respect they do.
At the same time that our petition for recognition was seeking backing, a for-profit company which supports Texas authors, was also finishing up its fundraising campaign to help grow and become a better voice for Texas Authors. While they have not been very supportive of our organization, we still stepped up and showed our support for them by donating. This is a call for ‘community support’ and, in many ways, it seems to be a dying aspect of this world, but more so within the writing community. Why is that?
Larger non-profits that have been around for a long time, hesitate to support smaller non-profits, even though it’s clear that by doing so, they make their membership stronger. Are they afraid of losing their ‘clout’? What would their members say if they learned how they’ve turned their backs by refusing to support an organization that would help them to become better authors?
We, at TxAuthors, are always ready to show support for other organizations in the best possible way. It’s a win-win for the community at large and that is the whole point of being a non-profit organization; to assist others along the way. In turn, this helps make the organization become stronger and better.
While errors are inevitable in any new organization as it grows, for people to hold it against them and talk bad about them, does not help the community or organization, but only strokes the ego of the one talking crap! We see this daily in political campaigns. Must it be the same in our own writing community?
I do not get paid for the many hours I spend daily working to build and better this organization. I do it from the same point of love and caring for my fellow man as I did for donating a kidney. As a writer, I love what we do, and understand the value of how TxAuthors helps new and established authors grow and become better skilled at marketing their books. I love the fact that we can save authors time and money by giving them access to a great deal of information already on our website, which in turn, helps them grow faster and market their books easier. I love how the hard work I put into this program has already created buzz around the world over the unique concept and programs we do. And, last but not least, I love the fact that people are benefitting from what Texas Authors, Inc., and all our sister organizations do to help them!
But, if you don’t use what we have made available to you, then you have only yourself to blame when you don’t see increased book sales and marketing exposure.
In our continued growth, I have looked at ways of creating a community that supports each other with new or old ideas. I’ve watched how different community organizations added their own twist to make it work for them. I have built a new website that allows for members to interact with each other. I have also signed up with a new free web program that allows instant contact between authors who are working on new programs and projects designed to help the community at large. But, none of this matters because YOU don’t use it! Over 40% of our membership does not read our Author Updates. This is information that helps you, so why would you not read it? We’ve even shortened them to fit easier in your busy life, and if you did take time to read them, they would actually help make your life easier and more productive.
The old saying ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it,’ is so true. But, even with all of the negative chat about me, or about the group, or the lack of reading our Author Updates, or communicating between each other to build a better, stronger writing community in Texas, I still move forward for I know, at the end of the day, it does make a difference to Texas authors at large.
Remember, this should be a community that supports each other, and from that strength your increase of income will come…Not from back-talking and negative false rumors, but actual Team Work!
Negative breeds only more negative, but positive creates new and exciting opportunities. Stay positive and shun the negative.