I’m typing this on my phone from my sons’ soccer practice.
What? I’m paying attention. I took the picture, didn’t I?
Anyway, it’s just a practice, so I can multitask. It’s not like it’s a game.
Shut up. I’m paying attention. Sort of.
So the place my kids go to play soccer is indoors, because it’s freaking cold outside. I guess that means less space in the indoor place. Or there’s less time because the regular outdoor players have moved indoors. Or something. Because the group my boys are in consists of 6-10 year olds.
I signed them up for different classes: ages 6-7 and 8-10. But the powers that be combined them. So there are first graders on the field with fifth graders.
Some parents are complaining, like “Those little kids are gonna get clobbered!” Maybe they’re right, but I haven’t seen it yet.
What I have seen is pretty amazing: the big kids are at least watching out for the little ones, and in several cases, they are helping the half-pints.
Running with them when they get behind in drills.
Passing to them.
Encouraging them. Sometimes, that’s all the little ones need.
I suspect the result of this big kid attention will be faster learning and greater success over time.
It’s funny that I saw this tonight, because earlier today, Dan, my author friend in Florida, was encouraging me to connect with other authors in my area.
He’d send me a link to a Facebook page or profile. “She lives near you!” he’d say.
This is one of many ways he’s helped me prepare for my books’ (yes, plural) release dates.
You should join this group. They’re friendly and give great advice.
This lady does great cover designs. Talk to her.
This one will do an author interview with you.
Let me tell you how important reviews are.
How does he know all this? He’s done it before. Several times. He’s published thirteen books, four of which have climbed to #1 on various best seller lists.
And he’s using his experience to help me.
He could be content to let me do my thing and stay out of the way. Like the half-pint kid running down the soccer field, I wouldn’t know any different. Instead, he’s mentoring me. He’s showing me what it takes to succeed instead of waiting to see if I figure it out on my own.
What will be the result? Time will tell, but I’m definitely diving into this book marketing thing with a lot more confidence than I otherwise would have.
So if you’re a “big kid” and find yourself in a position to help a half pint like me, know that your mentoring will likely not go unappreciated.
I hope I can do the same for a newbie someday.