Professionalism in Your Writing Career
(This is an important post.)
We all have weak spots, but it’s extremely important that in our writing careers we be as professional as can be. It can be harder than ever now a days with the internet and social media. Here are 7 rules to professionalism in the writing career.
1. Your online presence is YOU.
How you act on social media, advertises what kind of person you are in real life. Are you always leaving rude, sarcastic comments on Facebook? Or are you always telling your opinion or correcting people?
Think about it this way…
• Would you want people doing that on your wall?
• And if they did, what would their image be like in your mind?
Not very good, right? Well, that is probably what that other person is thinking when you are leaving those kind of comments.
Sometimes people think they can be ruder online, because it isn’t face to face, but, it is still your image… and there is still someone who is being stomped on. Keep your comments kind and professional… Remember your name is above the comments you leave. Don’t taint your name.
You smile at someone. Most likely, they will smile back. It may brighten someone’s day. A kind word also goes far.
3. Don’t Force Friends to Follow You
Many times there have been artists, authors, and writers who have done this. It’s a big no no, unless you want to lose friends or ruin your image. Or both.
Don’t force your friends to follow you. Just because someone is your friend, doesn’t mean they have to “love” or “like” your work. You hope they will.
When you try force people to follow you, it could cause your current followers to question how much you value their “Support” and you never know – that may cause them to unfollow you.
If people don’t “like” your page on Facebook or Twitter or any of the other Social Media Platforms, it doesn’t mean that they don’t like your work.
It might just mean, they don’t want to be flooded with notifications upon notifications. Or it might mean, they aren’t online often. This also goes for complaining about getting bad reviews or not enough reviews. People don’t have to leave reviews.
It would be nice if they did, but don’t force them or make a big thing about it. People are busy, just as you and I are.
4. Business Cards
Make sure you get some business cards made up. Have them on hand. You look prepared when you do.
5. Don’t Call People by Pet Names or Nick Names (Especially, if you don’t know them personally.)
If you were querying an agent or pitching a top notch blogger who you didn’t know in real life, how would you go about it?
Address them by their given name, which you can find on their platform. They will let you know if you can call them something different once you’ve known each other long enough. But, when you don’t address them appropriately, they will think you don’t care. And that will cause you to miss out.
Call them by their name. Address that query letter or pitch to the correct name. Tweet their correct name. Make sure it is spelled correctly.
People’s names are their identity. Don’t change that.
6. Name Dropping
This one kind of stands for itself.
7. Lift Each Other Up
Be a friend to lean on. Send a note through snail-mail to encourage someone. Or text that person you thought about the other day. Never know, there may be something you can do to lift that person’s spirit.
Not only are we trying to get our names out there. We are also supposed to be light into the world, spreading gifts.
Go rock that. Be the inspiring awesome-ness I know you are.
Which, of these have you seen before? Are there other things you find to be professional or not so professional in writing careers? If so, what kinds of things?