I was getting ready for church this morning and hubby had on Sunday Morning, a news show kinda like 60 Minutes. Anyway, they said something that sort of shocked me, and I can't get it out of my mind.
I'm paraphrasing here, but the gist of it was that prospective employers sometimes check your social media posts before hiring you. If there is profanity or anything that might be unprofessional, they will sometimes pass on you and hire someone else.
What? Did I hear that right? Does that mean if I post a cartoon with an off-color remark or say something about my personal life that they don't like, they can not hire me because of it?
Not only can they not hire me, according to the piece on TV this morning, they won't hire me. That's kinda scary. I, for one, treat everyone like a friend on FaceBook and sometimes talk about personal stuff. Am I hurting my chances of catching a publisher's eye? Let's face it. Since we are all doing our own marketing, a publisher doesn't want someone who turns off readers with their views.
With that in mind, I took a long hard look at my contract with Berkley. Here's what it says:
The author agrees that during the term of this Agreement he will not, without the written permission of the Publisher, publish or authorize any work substantially similar to the Work or which is reasonably likely to injure its sale or the merchandising of the other rights granted herein.
Translated loosely, a controversial post that might turn off potential readers could fit into that category. I also looked at some of my posts on FB, and I've come up with this deduction. Yes, I do post personal stuff, but I don't think there is anything that a publisher might take offense with or that might harm my sales, and if there is, then I probably don't want to write for that publisher anyway.
I am honest and don't take myself too seriously, even on my author pages. I am who I am. But I can guarantee, NEVER will you see any posts on my wall or any comments on somebody elses' that are the least bit political or having to do with religion. I consider both of those areas off limits and have no desire to discuss your take on them either. In the past week, I have un-friended several people who think the world needs to know who they're voting for and why.
People, I don't care. I respect your right to choose, but that doesn't mean I want to hear about your choices. That goes for religion, too. I'm a Christian. End of story. I have no desire to discuss my beliefs with you or to listen to yours. These are sacred to me.
Now, I'm worrying that this post might be too opinionated!! Oh well.
I'll leave you with a funny Maxine cartoon about politics. But before I do, I want to get you psyched up for next Monday when I will be having a double launch party for BEEF STOLEN-OFF which will release next Tuesday. I will be holding court at this blog as well as my other group blog, The Plotting Princesses. There will be a giveaway every hour, alternating between the two blogs. You won't want to miss it.
And here's the cartoon. To steal a line from Larry, the Cable Guy--I don't care who you are, that's funny right there!