When my husband and I first met we were out with a group of friend’s at a Japanese steak house. Being green to the wasabi on my plate, my friends thought they’d have some fun. (No worries, I got even…it’s called lutefisk.)
YIKES!!! My tongue and throat were on fire. My sinuses cleared and my voice squeaked. There wasn’t enough water in the whole restaurant that night. My taste buds were destroyed for a week.
Wasabi is potent stuff usually only consumed in small bits less than the size of a dime. I didn’t know that then, but since my husband knew nothing of lutefisk, we are still happily married. Lol!
What does wasabi and the writing profession have in common?
Are you getting in the way of your own professional advancement?
What would have a negative wasabi type impact on your reputation in the publishing industry?
*Publicly Criticizing Experts In The Industry. Putting down an author, editor or agent smacks of an attitude of superiority. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Recognize the strengths of others and be aware of your imperfections.
*Speaking Unprofessionally On Facebook, Blogs, or other internet venues. Really, do not say anything on line that you wouldn’t want to say in front of a crowd full of professional authors, or your own mother.
*Arguing With Negative Reviews. A year ago a writer responded defensively to a negative book review. Her poor choice of words and nasty attitude went viral in just 24 hours. She did enormous damage to her credibility as a writer in just a few hours.
*Having an Unteachable Spirit. If you argue with the voices of wisdom in your profession on a consistent basis, you will appear to be unteachable. No one wants to take on this type of writer because when it comes to the editing phase before publication you will be a nightmare to work with and kill your hopes of a publishing future.
*Unethical Behavior. A wide range of issues like plagerism, dishonesty, etc.
*Responding To A Rejection Letter With An Angry Reply. The agents and editors who read our manuscripts are the gate keepers of this industry. They do talk to each other.
You will notice that I didn’t mention some of the things that are mistakes new writers do, without realizing it. That is because you can fix that by changing your actions and apologizing if necessary.
Agents and editors as well as others in the industry do realize that every one is green in the beginning. So, if you’ve made a newbie mistake, don’t fret. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.
If you have done something that created a wasabi type reaction to your reputation:
*Make it right.
*Don’t Make Excuses.
*Show Respect To Those You Have Wronged In A Public Manner.
*Change Your Behavior.
*Pray for guidance and move forward.
What other advice would you give to someone who has damaged their reputation? Or what food have you been tricked into eating?