writers helping writers
My post this week will be devoted to writers helping writers, or in other terms … generosity of our knowledge, mentoring or paying it forward.
I was quite stunned this week when a Canadian writer I met briefly at a conference earlier this year responded (via her assistant) to a phone message and e-mail I had sent her by saying she would be pleased to offer me some guidance … at a fee of $100 per hour!
My e-mail and phone message to the writer had been brief, and simply stated that I felt this writer’s particular experience was inspiring and I would appreciate receiving her thoughts on my own situation. I considered it to be colleague to colleague, professional author to author. I am not a new writer/author looking for coaching from this individual. I am simply extending a hand to say, “I respect what you’ve accomplished and would love to hear your thoughts on the experience I have been having in marketing my book proposal.”
Granted, this individual doesn’t know me personally, but a quick click on my website would tell her (or her assistant!) that I am not a needy, wannabee who would misuse or abuse direct contact with her. (No disrespect to new writers or authors intended here. Everyone who knows me knows I have mentored and helped many writers at all stages of their professional development. And the blog that I manage on this site contains many posts intended to help and mentor people I have never even met or directly connected with.)
It’s all about paying it forward, helping one another and hoping we can help others achieve success through some small influence we may have on their careers.
This post was inspired by the words of author, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, who says,
“Remember that your prosperity and success will benefit others, and that no one lacks abundance because you’ve opted for it. The supply is unlimited. The more you partake of the universal generosity, the more you’ll have to share with others. In writing this book, wonderful abundance has flowed into my life in many ways. But even more significantly, book editors and graphic designers, the truck drivers who deliver the book, the auto workers who build the trucks, the farmers who feed the auto workers, and bookstore clerks. all receive abundance because I’ve followed my bliss and have written this book.”
You can read the complete gallery of Dyer’s words of inspiration at: http://www.beliefnet.com/Wellness/Personal-Growth/How-to-Attract-Abundance.aspx. It is an excerpt from his book, “The Power of Intention” – which I have, and can highly recommend.
How do you feel about this? Are you big on “paying it forward?” Has your life/career been changed by mentoring — either as the mentor or mentee?
We’ve grown a remarkable community of sharing here on this blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue.