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It’s all for a good cause!

on June 5, 2014

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God, I’m such a miserable bugger! I was at work the other day and someone was walking round clutching a sponsorship form haranguing people for money. I don’t know if anyone was thinking like me but they all seemed glad to hand over their money for only the sparse information he gave that ‘he was doing a parachute jump.’ I did my best to avoid my colleague but he eventually cornered me, asking “Don’t you want to sponsor me then?”. It was as if the implication in that question was that I must be terribly mean and uncharitable for not giving to his cause – ‘after all it is for charity!’. Well I personally hate it when people force you to make that judgement there and then and disapprove if you say no. Surely it must be up to the individual’s own choice as to how much, when and what they give, and to my mind it is too judgemental and simplistic to form such an opinion. I have actually worked for charities full-time and given to them regularly. I suppose I am a bit irked that I didn’t stand up for my own convictions and just say no, but for the sake of harmony I did sponsor him.
And that brings me to the point of self-promoting one’s books. I think sometimes I have acted a bit like my colleague in hindsight in talking about and publicising my works. If not judged carefully it can be a little like walking around holding a sweaty sponsorship form.
“After all my book is really good, why wouldn’t they want to buy it, they promised me they would?!”
One can get very precious about the whole endeavour and take things personally. Just because you have toiled long and hard over your manuscript nobody is ever going to have the same kind of feelings and emotions invested in it. So if you don’t receive that promised sale just shrug it off and move on with your head held high. Nah, not really, just walk away from them if they ask you to sponsor them – just kidding! :0
I shall look on sponsorship forms in a new light and learn to be a bit more charitable from now on.
I’m not going to talk about my book for 24 hours from now – anyone want to sponsor me?!
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8 responses to “It’s all for a good cause!

  1. A.D. Everard says:

    You raise an interesting point – I hadn’t looked at it like that before. I certainly don’t like being bullied to give a donation – or buy a book. I suppose the trouble is, with so much competition out there, it generates the “shouting loudest” approach.

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    • Thanks for following my blog 🙂 Yes, it’s a fine line isn’t it? Also I find that people are a bit dubious that if, as an author you actually have a ‘normal’ job then you can’t be that good. Well everybody has to start somewhere and as we all know you have to be very lucky in order to give up the ‘day job!’

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      • A.D. Everard says:

        Totally agree! This is the only industry I know that’s upside down. You have to reach the top of your field in order to be recognized at all! All your effort, all your training, all the time devoted, the years of researching, and the sheer slog of writing, editing, polishing (over and over and over) – is treated as some kind of “wasted time” until you make it. I’m sure some people think books just magically appear or something.

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      • Hah, very well put! A colleague of mine who is a friend with my sister also, bought my paperback the other day. She said she was actually pleasantly surprised that it was so good! I know what she meant, sometimes those closest to you are actually the least interested or conversely most surprised when they first of all read it and secondly when they enjor it

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      • Whoops – fat fingers!

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      • A.D. Everard says:

        I know exactly what you mean – it’s disappointing to find your own family doesn’t have faith in you. Been there, done that! I moved on. I think a person’s real family has more to do with spirit than blood.

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      • Too true, I’ve learnt over time to never mention it and they never ask – so it seems like everyone is happy! It’s strange though because if one of my family had written a book I would have been one of the first to read it. If only everyone else was as thoughtful as us writers! 🙂

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      • A.D. Everard says:

        You are so right! I feel exactly the same way – I’d be thrilled to bits if someone in my family wrote a book. I’d be pushing it all over the place, buying up copies for Christmas presents for my friends, the lot! 😀

        I never thought of that before, but it’s true.

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