After spending my career in the business arena, I have gotten use to the fact that it is very competitive and involves little to no collaboration. This is in spite of all the new training that encourages teamwork and cooperation. In reality, most people look out for themselves one way or another. In particular, I am sad to say women in business (at least in the financial world) are worse than men when it comes to mentoring and encouraging other woman. This has been my experience and may not be indicative of all professions.
In my new foray into the world of publishing and writing, I am happy to report a very different experience. I recently met a New York Times Best Selling author, Teresa Rhyne, at a local book signing event here in San Diego. She took the time to talk to me and answer my questions regarding being a first time author which I so appreciated. Afterwards, I reached out to her regarding potentially reviewing our new book. Not only did she respond back to me but she agreed to review our book! I had reached out to other authors previously with no response, so naturally I was blown away! Not only did she like our book but she wrote a lovely review for us on Amazon and on her Facebook page. She asked if we would like a quote from her to use for marketing purposes. Really? That was so above and beyond not to mention amazing! If that was the end of our interactions, I would have been extremely happy. Instead, she started following us on Facebook and recently showed up at one of our Barnes and Noble book signings to support us. We are so humbled and are so extremely grateful to her.
My writing partner and I hope to emulate her generous nature to other authors as we move forward into this tough and competitive world of publishing. What a role model for us. It just goes to show you that not all industries are the same and that there are people out there who go that extra mile for others.
We have also experienced a number of very positive and supportive interactions with local business owners in the course of marketing our book. What a great testimonial to small business being alive and well in the U.S.
Has anyone else experienced such amazing intereactions?