Authors and humility

Photo courtesy of Marc Garrido i Puig
There’s nothing inherently wrong with fashioning your public image the way you want to be perceived as an author, but onlookers are discerning. They know instinctively, often without being able to explain why they know, when someone’s posturing. Americans, especially, are incredibly alert for any hints of pretentiousness and sometimes go overboard by openly demanding self-effacement, which we equate with graciousness. One result is the defensive tactic so well known to authors: the humblebrag.

The only way to avoid jumping straight into harm’s way is to learn how to get outside yourself and view your own public image through the eyes of readers, followers, colleagues, and friends. Silently noticing what other authors do wrong and right can help. Friends and family aren’t likely to give you honest criticism, because they all love you and fear ruining their relationships with you.

We’re living in a moment when genuineness, transparency, and humility are valued more than poise and sophistication, but cultural preferences eventually will change. They always do.

2 Replies to “Authors and humility”

  1. Dear miss Mizell.
    I found a publisher in Holland ,who made wonders out of my book ,A months ago it was number one at Amazon the name of thebook is outcry holocaust by Manny Steinberg , we have translated the book into chinesse
    and Spanish ,and German ,and French , we are making a audio ,and we have akindle ,Amsterdam publishers has got my book ,Please check it out on the internet ,I highly recommend Amsterdam publishing,
    Thank you very much for your support
    Manny Steinberg

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