Tuesday’s Industry News

Hello everyone. Well this is a short and not so sweet post. As most of you know I’m a board member on two RWA chapters. Well recently there has been some tension in both groups for different reasons. While I know that this will happen from time to time I must say I’m beyond disappointed. When I joined RWA a little over a year ago I was soooo excited to jump in and meet new people and learn everything I could about the writing industry. Today is a little different. Sad huh?

Well quite honestly it all comes down to professionalism. Whether or not we all agree all the time doesn’t matter. No, what matters is how you present your disagreement. Verbally attacking people, boards, or other like items is not professional. Personally saying that a board has just pushed an item through to make everyone’s life hell is not showing your best side. Take the time to email or call board members to get all your information, research the avenues and make your professional call then.

Remember when dealing in a professional world it pays to be professional. Agents and editors will take into account how an author presents themselves in a professional capacity. If you are blasting others online or in person this could affect you later. Always remember that once something hits the internet highway it’s traveling around and making stops. You can’t control where it will go or who will see it. Be courteous, be professional, and never make outright personal attacks on other industry professionals.

Thanks everyone

Sayde Grace

Riding Double May 7, 2010 at The Wild Rose Press


8 Responses

  1. Well said, Sayde. I am sorry this has happened to you. I think you are awesome and always conduct yourself in a tactful way,
    It is unfortunate but true that when you get more then 3 women in a room, there is bound to be some dissension. It is human nature to disagree. I do wish there was a way to have it always be polite.

  2. It’s difficult but necessary to find a balance when dealing with multiple people. But professionalism is important. In fact it has a name. Professional courtesy.

    It takes quite a bit of tact between governing bodies and members of any organization. To think it’s a cut-and-dried matter of either the board being accountable to the members OR the members being accountable to the board is wrong. It takes interaction between the two, with open discussion and suggestion sessions. Often times there are circumstances one or more individuals–on either side–may be unaware of, and it’s the responsibility of both parties to ask and answer to achieve the most worthwihile results.

    Sigh. If anyone ever figures out just how to do it, would they please write a how-to book? It would be an instant best seller and stave off misunderstandings everywhere! But until then, the important thing is to keep trying until it gets done!

  3. Sorry to hear your having problems Sayde… I admire you, because your out there trying to accomplish things, and helping others. Runere, as always your heads on. brat that you are… and everything..winks

  4. I couldn’t agree more. There was a whole lot of drama this weekend. If people are determined to get their feelings hurt, there will never be a shortage of ways for them to have that happen. Frankly, I’m over it. If anyone wants to be angry about something, they can. I don’t have to let it bother me.

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