By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine
Never think you are alone on the road to success as an author. You’re not. Many people are walking with you. Look around you will see family, friends and associates. However, their numbers are limited. There is another group on that road with you, they are your readers. This group is much larger and hopefully growing. I have one more group that is important to your success, authors. Yes other writers.
Experience has taught us success is not an occurrence so much as a process. Regardless of where you are in the process of becoming successful and selling many books, there are always writers ahead of you and writers behind you. As you progress forward on this road, do not fail to turn around and give attention to those who have not come as far as you.
Funny thing about mentoring someone, you not only are helping them but you find you have increased your abilities as a writer. Someone told me the act of mentoring is neither completely gratuitous nor completely out of self-interest. Rather, it propagates the success process through others. This creates a chain of professionalism, which strengthens with each new link, added.
No successful trait we possess is lost by sharing our knowledge with others, matter of fact, very few things are as rewarding as watching someone else become successful and know you had a hand in it.
I see this when my husband gets a phone call from someone he has helped. (He is retired and works with our community literacy program helping people study for their high school diplomas.)
Generously sharing knowledge with other writers is beneficial to you. It strengthens your foundation and it expands into the world layers of other successful people. Self-made? Not really. There are people who helped along the way,