I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. Ever the perfectionist, I didn’t see my novel at the level to compete with best-selling authors across the country. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.
Trust me, it’s more than a “bad day” when you have to explain to a CEO client that the twenty minutes they spent on the phone with a reporter while running to catch a plane at LAX isn’t going to materialize–particularly if the reporter gives you the silent treatment when you follow up. I don’t like it–I think it’s common courtesy to tell an interviewee or their PR rep that the story is dumped–but reporters have no obligation to do so. Stuff happens.
The day of the interview, my client contacted me and said “Jane” was a no-call, no-show. She never went to the interview, never emailed, called or sent so much as a tweet telling my client she was going to ditch the meeting; nor did she ever apologize.
I’m honored writer of adult fantasy and children’s stories, blogger and artist D.J. Bowman-Smith nominated me for a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award.
As a former non-profit board member, I know it’s easy to forget that the company doing free work needs your help in supplying information, personnel and resources to ensure a successful project. Pro bono work recipients have to make it a two-way street to help the donating firm be as efficient and successful as possible.