Five things not to tell your wife.
The importance of being truthful to your readers.
What has this got to do with the boss lady? Quite a lot, as both misdemeanors could lead you down a slope of no return.
By this stage, female writers will be smiling knowingly, while guys will be hanging our heads in shame! If you are one of those rare men that are faultless, then I will seek your advice later?
But coming back to writers and being honest with your readers.
In his book “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M.R. Covey, says that lack of integrity and trust in others slows life down and makes it more expensive. He also tells a story of how Warren Buffet did a very large business deal based on a handshake and it only took a few months to close the deal because they had a great deal of trust between them.
Now if we accept that writing is a business like any other business and that your readers are your business partners, your customers and friends, then it is essential that writers when starting out build a sound relationship with their readers. So, when building a report with your prospective readers, remember that they are going to be spending their hard-earned money buying your books, your ‘products’ and by placing their trust in you, they will enjoy what they read and in return, offer you as the author, the greatest gift of all – referrals!
What is so important about referrals? Well, unless you intend to only write one novel, or one magazine article or one post in a blog, then you are in this for the long haul. You will be building relationships, gathering followers or as Jeff Goins puts it, ‘Building a Tribe’.
Take time as writer to develop these skills. Just as poor writing skills lead to poor content, under developed plots or shoddy grammar, integrity is also in the building mix of solid foundations.
Oh, and now go back and tell your wife that you broke a dish last night when making that midnight snack!