This may come as a surprise to some of you but I have quite a few whips leaning up in the corner of my bedroom though should you go to move one I suspect you would quickly gather by the cobwebs that no doubt adorn them that they haven’t been in… er… action for some time. I have an assortment, different lengths, different widths, different materials needed for different activities.
I guess at this point I should clarify that I don’t get up to fifty shades of shenanigans but that these all hail from what sadly seems like a bygone era in my life now, the time when I used to ride. *sigh*
Phew, I hear you cry with a collective sigh of relief… bet you thought for a moment that this was me announcing a change in writing direction! 😉
Dressage, showing, everyday riding – all require a type of crop and there is even a hunting whip (I don’t btw) which inexplicably has spent the last few years little while slung over the gold metal tie back things that keep our curtains open. I imagine you all have similar accoutrements decorating your bedrooms… no? Just me then.
Moving on… when our windows were about to be replaced recently the curtains had to come down, as did the metal things and, ever thoughtful, my BH removed the hunting whip…but only as far as the wardrobe door where it was left hanging instead…in full view.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realise all of this was on display until my local friendly window fitters had spent the best part of the day in there and it was only later when I was straightening the room again that I noticed just how many crops I had leaning up in the corner (in addition to the one hanging over the door!) and I have to admit my heart did sink a little bit.
I wondered if they’d noticed (of course they had, it’s only me that wanders around oblivious to what surrounds me in my own home) and, assuming they had, what they had thought.
Now generally I don’t give much heed to what people think of me, having reached an age where I realise that nothing much matters anymore, but I guess that’s not entirely true in this writing world. It’s something we should all consider every day particularly in this era of online activity when it is so easy to give offence, give off the wrong vibe or sometimes just because we are having an off day be downright snippy.
So getting to the point, and you will be delighted to know that there is one, this post is about the perception others have of us and of the impression we should aim to give.
We are told/reminded all the time about how to build our presence, our author brand and platform if you like and how we present ourselves on social media. An author friend of mine told me that if they were feeling less than chipper at any time they would stay well clear of Twitter for fear of that frame of mind becoming apparent in their tweets. This is probably a good rule to live by.
Some authors, I am told, build a whole persona online to reflect what they write as a way of attracting their target market and I can see this working. I can also imagine it being fun to ‘become’ someone else but I think I would struggle with being anyone other than myself. Although of course as Georgia Rose I’m not exactly myself either am I… confusing? I think soooo…
When I first came into the self-publishing arena I was surprised, and delighted, to find out what a truly generous and supportive community this is and I’m even more amazed at the number of wonderful friends I have made. In what other business would you get that support from those who are essentially your competitors, although of course in reality they are not. No author can satisfyingly quench the reading requirements of one reader, let along the billions out there, so there is no need to be reticent in your support of others. Hell we even share marketing tips in a game that is as accurate to predict as throwing darts in the dark.
In what other industry would you laud your competitors, publicise their promotions and support their work with whatever your time and ability will allow? It really is a refreshing environment to work in, and yet there are always those who wish to spoil it for the others. Of course I am talking about the haters, the ones who pick on the slightest weakness shown and exploit it. Those who troll the work of others via hateful reviews or comments where their bile and spite is revealed. I was shocked to read recently of the going’s on between several well-known, and supposedly respectable, traditionally published authors where it had been revealed that some had been posting negative reviews on the work of others…really? How small minded is this? And how tarnished a reputation now… This all comes as a harsh reminder for us all to be better and aiming for that I loved seeing this on Facebook recently…
After saying I didn’t worry about what people thought of me I have been more than a little concerned recently about what those visiting my website must think. Oooh look at the state of that they must have been muttering. What sort of lazy arsed writer can’t even manage to keep that up to date? It doesn’t create the right impression at all, does it? And the thing is they’d be right, my website has been in a shocking mess – I’ve been embarrassed by it but it has felt like too big a job to tackle in the limited time slots I’ve had available. I also knew I was planning bigger changes ahead so what was the point it doing it then having to redo it? Well of course there was a point and I should have kept on top of it – it is now tidied, to a degree, or at least (nearly) updated and the other changes will be following on – hopefully within the next month.
I find I’m only just recovering after finishing last year in a ragged heap of inability to keep anything current and it is surprising how quickly things can suffer. By ‘things’ I mean (websites aside) sales and the like. My sales have been slowing. It’s no surprise as I’ve not been marketing in the way I need to so that is about to change. I have a paperback giveaway running this week for A Single Step (only available to US readers I’m afraid) but here is the link if you fancy entering
Then I’m running an offer on the ebooks of Before the Dawn next week (from the 8th Feb) and Thicker than Water the week after (from the 15th Feb) – dates for your diary should you be interested.
Sorry, this is going on a bit but just to finish off the other area of concern is that I follow several blogs and I would hate the thought, and again the impression it gives, should any of the bloggers think I’m not interested in their work. The fact is that my email inbox runneth over with an abundance of superb blog posts that with all seriousness could take me all day, every day, to read and share. So unless I win the lottery and become a woman of considerably more leisure time than is currently available to her I shall regretfully never get to read most of them, but, I also can’t quite bring myself to delete them because I always think…one day…one day I’ll get to that.
Thankfully the truly appalling state of my email management, being a matter of some delicacy is a secret kept strictly between me and my laptop but I can tell you there is so much good stuff in there, just waiting for me to get to it.