Wikipedia defines Respect as denoting “a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem.” This evening my eighteen year old daughter made the observation that many people claim her generation doesn’t understand Respect. Yet, she’s witnessed adults use the Internet and Social Media to say things they wouldn’t dream of saying to one’s face. In short, they demonstrate total disrespect for their fellow-man.
So what does Respect have to do with writing or getting published? Simply this, as writers we blog, tweet, or Facebook to build a platform, a readership, a fan base. It’s estimated that on blogs alone, something like 90% of visitors read, but don’t comment. Even, if they don’t leave a comment, you can bet they don’t forget what they’ve read.
When we feel the need to speak out on a topic, it’s wise to do so in a manner that acknowledges differences in opinion, while remaining courteous and professional. You never know what editor or agent might visit your blog and what opinions they have. And why risk alienating a potential fan, someone who is willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash to by your novel.
Respect is a little word that goes a long way. It’s a critical plank no author should leave out of their platform.