Don't Bad-Mouth Each Other, Friends…

We live in a changing, dynamic world. And we must be strong enough to bend, just like the St. Louis arch. (Picture I took several years ago.)

The publishing business is in the midst of a storm brought on by industry changes due to the ebook explosion and more choices for authors, including self-publishing. I remember when I was first published in 2006 with a small press publisher. My book came out in ebook and print and the rumors were that ebooks were a fad and would soon disappear. I didn’t think so. I liked the idea of reading in electronic format and had been doing so for years on a tiny Palm Pilot.

So ebooks haven’t gone away. They’re more popular than ever and available in all kinds of devices. And authors are learning they can make more money by self-publishing. Now authors can be in control of every aspect of their career. How can this be a bad thing?

I don’t like the negative atmosphere created by a minority who react in anger to comments, blogs, or organizational rule changes. Flames are ignited and fanned to high intensity. I’m uncomfortable with this and I shy away from reading this kind of information received through social media and email loops. It only exhausts me.

Instead I pray for those who choose to battle each other in such an open arena. And I pray for our industry, for authors, and especially for readers. Words can inflict much damage…damage that can’t be repaired.

“Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?” ~~James 4:11-12 (The Message)

Remember to “love one another.”

~~Blessings, Carol Ann

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