Is hard earned. While I’m not one of those people who goes around busting balls, I set a high bar when it comes to doling out respect.
I know this economy stinks. Depending on who you listen to, the bottom has fallen out of publishing. Prints books are going to become extinct! OMG the sky is falling!!! So, what if print books become a thing of the past? Folks are still reading, just in a different format. Change is not bad. It’s just uncomfortable for most of us, mostly because we’re lazy and/or afraid. But in the end, change can be a very good thing. I personally am not sweating it.
But many authors are. Yes, New York publishing is clamping down. Hell, I could be out of job this time next year. We never know what is just around the corner. If I do find myself out of contract next year? I’m not going to bitch about it. I’m not going to point fingers and blame my agent, my publisher, my readers, my dog or my husband. I mean what is the point of that? For the folks who like to point the finger away from themselves, they do it to make themselves feel better. But when you don’t take responsibly for your failures, then you are destined to repeat them. And here’s the thing: if we get let go from a job, it’s because for whatever reason, we weren’t cutting the mustard. Not that that always means we sucked at what we did. Sometimes, and this is what New York lives and dies by: it’s the numbers. Look, you can write a great book, and it can tank, and then next thing you know your publisher is saying, “It was great working with you, good luck!”
It’s business. I get it. For me, regardless of what my future holds, I’ll keep writing, and writing some more. If I find myself looking for a new writing gig? You can bet I’ll be keeping my pitching arm warm and know that one way or another, I’ll be back in the game. It’s also a sure bet I won’t be crying foul. Hindsight is 20/20 but at the end of the day, I make the decisions, so I have only myself to blame for what happens next.
Ok, so it took me a long way to get to my point, but here it is: When the going gets tough, the really tough ones remain calm, focused, driven, and honorable. Just the like the great people of Japan. I am awed, simply awed by their quiet strength and dignity in the face of such untold horror for them personally and their nation. When I think of how other nations, including the US of A’s citizens, have acted in the wake of disaster, I am embarrassed and appalled. The entire world can take a huge lesson in humanity just by watching the tragic streaming footage of that great, devastated nation. To the nuclear crews working around the clock at the disabled nuclear plant, you are true heroes. I pray for you each night. I pray for all of Japan.
My hat is off to you, Japan. My heart bleeds for you, and my chest swells with pride for you. I wish I could be there to help. But since I can’t, I will help by opening my wallet and donating to the Red Cross on your behalf. (.91 cents of each dollar donated will go directly to the Japanese relief fund.) I’m also going to donate to the SPCA International to help our furry four-legged friends in Japan. http://www.spcai.org/?s=spca&c=00000
In a time when it seems as if the world is crumbling around us, and we have no control of so many of the things that affect us directly, what do you do?
My giveaway today is an additional $50.00 donation either to the Red Cross Japanese relief fund or to the SPCA International Japanese fund. Just comment regarding the question or just to say hello, and I’ll post the winner Sunday and you can let me know where you would like me to send the donation. I’ll be happy to send proof of donation as well.
Have a happy safe weekend!
Karin* aka Harlow!