October 7, 2019- On Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the ALDS game 1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It was an epic game with quite possibly one of the greatest catches of the playoffs made by number 99 (Aaron Judge). Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love baseball and team sports, but I think there’s a lesson here that has to do with writing…let me explain.
Do you know why the Yankees are one of few teams in the MLB that don’t have the players names on the back of their uniforms? Because they believe that NO ONE PLAYER IS GREATER THAN THE TEAM AS A WHOLE. Read that again and let it sink in. The same thing goes for me and my team-no one is greater than the team as a whole and as a team we are much stronger than individual authors. We have the same goals in mind, we are moving in the same direction, and we all have our specific talents that we celebrate together. Everyone on this team has something special and unique about them, but at the end of the day, we all play for the same House.
The same thing goes for publishing, the author is only part of the story. To get a book to publication and on the shelf, it takes a literal team of people to make it happen. It takes everyone from illustrators, to graphic artists, to marketing people, to cover designers, to book store owners, and a bunch more people in between to get a book to market; that’s why no one can do this alone and it’s important to remember that we are not the ones who make it happen by ourselves even though we may be the ones front and center sometimes.
So, I’d like to personally thank each and every one of my teammates for making this House as strong as it is and for being the amazing people they are.
May 8, 2019-We often put up with things in our lives because our standards aren’t high enough, or we don’t have any standards in place, to begin with. You may be settling in your life and your writing career because the expectations you have for yourself and your work are too low. What you can do right now, is decide that you aren’t going to settle for anything less than what you’re willing to work for. You’re going to raise your standards and know better, do better, and be better.
Grab a pen and paper to get really clear on what your standards are for:
- Your business-How do you want your business to be run? How much money do you want to make? How will you know if you’re successful? What are your goals? What are you not willing to compromise? etc.
- The clients you take on– Here’s your chance to make a list on what your ideal client looks like!
- Your relationships (work relationships too)- Who do you want to work with? What kind of relationship do you want to have with your workmates, buyers, readers, etc.?
- Your travel/lifestyle– Where do you want your work to take you? Where do you want to work from? Do you want a mobile office? Certain work hours? etc. Do you want to less time working?
- Your work– What is your legacy that you will leave behind? What is the point and purpose of your work?
- Your team– What do you want from your teammates? What kind of things will you expect? What will happen when expectations aren’t met? What kind of team do you want to play for?
If you don’t have standards, or again, those standards are too low, you’re selling yourself short. Make a promise to your self that you will do better! Time to raise the bar and in six months from now you’ll be happy you did. Your life is about to change. Now get to work. X LLB