Lingering Images

The impression you make can last a long time.IMG_7501 2to3

by Andy Scheer

Whenever I agree to teach at a writers conference, I send the director a current photo. But nearly every time, they use another shot—often one that’s several years old.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been in the business awhile, and because once-current photos have a way of lingering on the Web. No matter that I’m a decade older and working in a different job, that image of a once-me keeps appearing.

It’s like the way our reputation follows us. At a conference this past weekend, I caught up with several longtime colleagues. No matter their changing job titles, their personal qualities remain a constant.

That’s good and bad. Some have earned a great reputation. This weekend as I met a new colleague, I added one more person to that list. Unfortunately, a few encounters with others reinforced the opposite impression.

Through everything we post,
the way we do business,
and how we treat others,
we build a reputation that lingers.

As people in a relatively small field, we get to know one another. Not just through what we publish, but also through everything we post, the way we do business, and the way we treat others, we build a reputation that lingers—like our old portrait photos.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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