It’s not easy to be genuinely happy for others. As a matter of fact, it takes lots of practice, especially in the world of writing. Often we wonder why someone else’s book is achieving more awards and accolades than our own. Goodness, we may still be waiting for our first book to be accepted. That alone takes nerves of steel.While it may seem counter-intuitive, the best thing we can do along the way is to revel in the work of our fellow authors.
I know. As my kids say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” But really, when we reach out to our fellow authors, it’s not just because it’s a “good thing to do,” but because we really care about them and their words. Like Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, our heart may grow “three sizes larger” when we see the world from Cindy Loo’s point of view.
This happened to me this week. Someone took the time to notice a few words about my book. If my agency-mate, Susan Meyer, hadn’t pointed out this article in The Atlantic regarding Double Happiness, I would have missed it completely. More to the point, I’d have missed the opportunity to introduce you, Dear Reader, to Susan’s latest book entitled New Shoes, which you may read about right here!
See, just like we learned in Kindergarten, sharing is a beautiful thing! Now run out and buy some of Susan Meyer’s New Shoes! I promise, it’s good for you!