What I’ve Learned
It’s been almost three months since I’ve updated this blog. Time flies, I suppose, though I’ve been busy with my other blog, finishing up Barbed Wire Kisses, and prepping four Bandersnatch Books first release.
Rich Ristow and I have put together our own micro/small press business after months of research and seeing what works and what doesn’t. During that time, we’ve managed to get some great names to submit work, and though we only have one announcement at the moment, as well as submission guidelines for 2-3 other anthologies, there are also chapbooks on the horizon that we’ll be pleased as hell to publish.
While others natter on about the Legion, and continue to throw salt in their own self inflicted wounds, I’ve been busy doing the work. I haven’t been afraid to get my hands dirty, make some sacrifices and determine my own destiny. Wallowing in the past, refusing to accept responsibility, and blaming others is not my cup of tea. It’s not professional and it certainly accomplishes nothing. However, watching others has taught me a few things.
1: True friends know what constructive criticism is, and accept it openly.
2: Just because someone says they can do layout, doesn’t mean they can.
3: If you’re the boss, whether you think you’re wrong or not, you accept blame and shut up about it. You don’t blame writers or editors. And you certainly don’t name them in blog postings.
4: Those who spout out that they know everything about everything, generally know nothing except how to puff up their own ego.
5: 95% of problems can be solved by communication, and not petty attacks.
6: Cutting your losses can be painful or blissful-sometimes both.
7: Don’t talk about the poor pay structure of other small presses when you do the same yourself.
8: It’s always easier to point a finger at others while ignoring the reflection in the mirror.
It’s with these hard learned lessons that Rich and I embark on a new project, a new chapter, now divested of the petty drama, self indulgence, ignorance, and inflamed ego that we’ve both experienced.
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