John F. Kennedy inspired the country and communities to work together. He inspired teens as well as grandmas. Over the years, focus has migrated more toward his assassination and conspiracy theories and away from the impact he made on this country.
JFK Memories –
”1961 I think. He made the statement that we would put a man on the moon within the decade. Very bold talk considering the US had, basically, no space program at the time.” – My friend Paul, Pennsylvania
“I remember when he came to Brooklyn campaigning with Jackie in an open Cadillac and my very staid Irish Catholic grandmother ran and tried to throw herself into the car. I’d say that guy had charisma and big time to evoke that response!” – My friend Shellie, South Carolina
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” – JFK, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
Even if you are new to the publishing industry, you come with fresh ideas and a different perspective. When you see a query or question about a subject you are familiar with, speak up. Share writing tips, grammar tips, and publishing tips on your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Share great posts from other writers. Share successes and give positive feedback.
Some of us are fortunate enough to have thousands of friends or followers – you know the ones. They post what they are having for breakfast and get 75 responses (yes, I’m a little jealous). What a great venue to share worthwhile tips and bits of publishing knowledge to the throngs that pay attention to you. The phrase “pay it forward” comes to mind.
“For of those to whom much is given, much is required.” – JFK
Not to trivialize President Kennedy, but this reminds me of the quote from Uncle Ben in Spiderman – “With great power comes great responsibility.”
You have had some success. Perhaps you have published a few books; maybe you have a successful (and money-making) blog; you are able to live comfortably on your writing income. For years, you sucked up writing tips, studied grammar and punctuation, and gathered information from others in the biz. Now what? Do you give back? What do you offer your fans, followers, and connections?
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – JFK
We all have bad days – when you are suffering from the flu or your two-year old is especially terrible or your neighbor’s party kept you up until 3 a.m. Nothing will happen if you sit and wait for it to happen.
What are you doing to produce work? What are you doing to connect? Whether it’s LinkedIn, your blog, your FB, your Twitter – make something happen! Re-work a query or article and send it out again. Interact with someone – anyone – who has made the decision to follow your blog or tweets. Find a Facebook post and respond with an encouraging word or insightful comment. Send polite friend requests to others in the industry.
“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – JFK
My beloved mom used to say to me, “Nothing beats a try but a failure.” If you fail, at least you gave it a shot. Mom pushed me to get out there; she pushed me to move to Maine (even though she knew it was a bad idea) and then New Mexico; she encouraged me to change jobs when I was unhappy.
It’s often said in writing circles that people don’t enter contests or start a blog or begin the painful publishing process because they are afraid of failure. You will not know until you try. Yes, you may fail; just as important, you may succeed!
So friends, ask not what the publishing community can do for you; ask what you can do for the publishing community.