by Tina Isaacs
We writers face enough challenges from the outside word – clients who shortchange us, haters who sabotage us, readers who steal from us, authorities who attempt to gag us, the industry as a whole which is designed to make money for everyone EXCEPT the authors/writers whose toil and trouble created the work from which the money is generated.
Let’s not get swept along with the attitude where lambasting each other is so commonplace, no one bats an eye. Unfortunately, due to increasingly competitive world of publishing, this seems to be the trend online and everywhere else. All too often, the community attitude is downright vindictive whenever a peer achieves success.
Who else will stand beside us while we struggle to complete and then promote our work, if not our partners in arms: other writers and bibliophiles?
So my plea to you, my fellow Writers, let’s stand united and be there for each other.
This writer is founder and moderator/administrator of the Malaysian Writers Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/malaysianwriters/ which is described as “A platform and community–inclusive and non-profit in nature–for WRITERS hailing from MALAYSIA (Malaysian citizens/PRs, and foreign expats who write, live and work in Malaysia); that transcends genre, language, function, medium and experience levels. For avoidance of doubt, this includes writers of fiction, non-fiction or poetry; short story writers, columnists, journalists, bloggers, editors, copywriters, scriptwriters, graphic novelists and literary translators; that are self-published, under independent or mainstream presses; whether established, emerging or aspiring; writing in any genre, via any medium, and in any language.”