|Nominated for a 2017 Book Cover Award|
I write here on Undawnted as well as manage, create, and direct over at Sonoran Dawn Studios, my design slash publishing house. Well, the book cover art I created for another author's book was nominated for a Book Event held by another promotional company.
The winning author gets one of three prizes. The book cover artist just gets the street cred. Hey, I could live with that.
So I went on my Facebook writer's groups only to be turned away. No self promotion. No this rule. No that rule. How can anyone get anything done?
I found one group that appeared to be okay with me asking some questions like: what do I do to help out my author? where do I begin? what is this event thing anyway?
I never got a response. Actually, I believe the desperate plea was deleted by the Admin. Nice.
So my thought was: has the corporate philosophy of me, Me, ME! gotten in the way of doing the right thing for another person?
You do realize that this Western Category cover is not in competition with your vampire, romance, religious, or whatever book you have written, right?
In today's world, piety and grace are left for preacher politicians to tell us how to live according to their interpretation of a dusty tome, but anyone else of that sect or another have forgotten their empathy.
Is this the legacy independent writers would like to leave about themselves and their craft?
Has the corporate dog-eat-dog world been so pervasive in our culture that we as human beings cannot interact with each other except to step all over everyone else?
That is a sad state of affairs indeed.
I choose not to be so callous or antipathic. I will do what I must, learn what I need, and help where I can. Although I am disappointed with the lack of basic human decency, the corporate dystopic behavior has bled over into our crafts, creativity, and camaraderie.
What does that say about us?
Have a great and wonderful day!
...if it's in your bylaws!