For those that don’t know, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, wrestler-turned-actor, had many sayings. (I can't believe I did two posts related to the 90s this week). “Jabroni” and “candy…you know what” to name a few. This might seem like a stretch, but I think another one of his saying could relate to writers. Just imagine you ask someone a question about something you wrote. The person proceeds to give you feedback, and then you cut them off by saying, “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR FEEDBACK IS!”
At the time, you might be thinking you just gave the ultimate tell-off. That person will know not to mess with you and your writing, right? The only problem is you just might have missed an opportunity for some valuable feedback. I believe being able to reflect and improve writing is important. If I can receive criticism from my peers, then I’m all for it.
I know a few months ago, I mentioned dealing with criticism in my blog (read here), but now I want to talk about being open to criticism. Feedback can be a good thing. I know when I run into returning customers who bought my previous books, I ask them if they liked them. All of them said they liked my work, but I wouldn’t have been mad if they didn’t. I could either try harder next time or simply listen. Criticism isn’t a bad thing.
I think a lot of authors, especially new ones, would prefer you leave them feedback. This is my call to action (CTA). Readers, give us authors feedback. Drop a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and even Goodreads. I promise us authors, don’t bite. Now, authors, I didn’t forget about us. I want all of you to be open to feedback. We can’t get reviews or improve our writing if we’re defensive and closed off. So, I’ll end this on a positive note. Writers and readers, it does matter what your feedback is. Make it count.
Hey, Lisa Frank (lol)! Ah, 90s nostalgia. Anyhow, today, I start my new job. I'm thankful for the opportunity, and more than anything I want to make a good impression. The job seemed excited to have me, and I plan to do my best. One thing my friends and family say about me is I'm always looking to better myself, which includes getting to the next step in my career. Just as we plan to make a good impression on the job, I think we should do the same with our crafts on the side. By craft, I mean our entrepreneurship. Below I’ve listed some ways of how we can make good impressions as entrepreneurs.
Dress the part. For example, I’m a young adult author, so I know I don’t need to dress up, like I’m doing a business briefing, when I’m at vendor events.
Know your audience. Whenever I’m attending events, I try to keep my audience in mind. I want my readers to enjoy my work and be able to relate.
Take a chance. Sometimes, being an entrepreneur is trial and error, just like applying for a job. Maybe you might not get the job, but that just means there’s better opportunity out there. You must be prepared.
If you keep these three things in mind, then you’ll make an awesome first impression. So, go out there and be great!
Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.