First, I'd like to recognize my three newest blog followers!
Susan J. Reinhardt
Y'all rock and are SO very welcome here!
I've admitted my addiction before, but yes, I watch the bachelorette. Let's not discuss the fact that I shouldn't watch this show given my moral sensibilities that are irritated each time I watch. I know, I know. I'm trying to kick the habit. Some people smoke. Some turn to alcohol... Me? I catch me some bachelor/ette on TV.
(let me also just say, for those who found this blog by typing in "Kristas bachelorette blog" or something to that effect, and thought they might be finding TRISTA the bachelorette... I am very very very much NOT her. But... feel free to read on *grin*)
I just want to discuss Wes for a moment.
For those of you *non* watchers out there, Wes was a dude for all extensive purposes, came on the show to promote his country music career. He made this pretty clear to everyone except for the Bachelorette, of course. He also insinuated then came right out and said he had a "girlfriend" back home.
And every woman in America (well, the ones watching the show anyway) wanted to backhand him.
So, as I was watching the "Men tell all" show tonight, a thought popped into my head. Even though there is a way of thinking that "negative publicity" isn't bad because at least people are talking about you... I think there's a point where you can seriously damage your career by doing something stupid.
Like becoming one of the most hated men in America by... not sure how many viewers... but uh, yeah, not so smart.
How does this relate to book writing?
Very simple: Be careful what you say/do. Because people hear/see.
Little things can stick with you. If you read someone's blog and are irritated by it, and post a negative comment... uh yeah. Not great exposure, especially if said blog is that of an agent/editor.
Mean reviews can be a thorn in your side.
Rude comments, even if you meant them as a joke, could be misconstrued. (I have to watch myself on that one... I am the queen of pretend rude comments.... Sorry Marybeth about my nananana one!)
A Tweet or Facebook status update made in haste can come back to haunt you.
In the end, publicity is huge but it's also about IMAGE. How you come across can affect your entire career.
And for us followers of Christ, even more important than our "professional" image, is the image we reflect of our savior. Can people see God in you? Do you reflect him or give him "negative" publicity?
I'd love to sit here and say that I am very mindful of how I'm perceived both as a writer and as a Christ follower, but I fail probably daily. We all do. But I pick myself back up and try again to do better. I realize that God is perfected in my weaknesses.
Discussion: How do YOU want to be perceived by the masses?