Success Tapped Me on the Shoulder, but I Missed It, So It Slapped Me in the Back of the Head…

How’s your week going? I wanted to talk about something simple today that I’d discovered I’d been doing wrong, for a couple reasons.

First we’ll back up, though. This Monday, I said I was accepting requests for email copywriting work on a private FB group I’m a member of. I also said I wouldn’t charge for it and that all folks had to do was give me conversion and sales stats after everything was done.

And then I went on with my other stuff. I’d gotten a few things shuffled off to Facebook’s “Message Requests” folder and I think I got a notification about it. I went to go look and found someone who’d requested to be let in. But there was more than one.

And then it hit me…

I forgot to check this FB folder during my last promo (which I did just before the New Year). How do I know? I recognized the face of one of the guys. And here I wondered why the guy had friended me. I just didn’t put the two together. And the horrible part is…

I didn’t get to that request until almost a month after he sent it and the promotion–that I did–was already over.

I felt so awful I sent him another message saying I was sorry I didn’t get to him sooner and offered him a spot in the promo I’m running right now if he wants it. We’ll see what he says.

My point?

Not sure why this happened. Was it because I didn’t expect success on my last promo and just didn’t check my messages because I thought nobody would show up? I don’t know…things were kind of busy planning and executing a trip to my aunt’s house in another state. I should have checked, but I just didn’t. So I’ll just try to make it right.

To a certain extent, I think not expecting success (to the extent that you expect something to fail) is the wrong attitude to have. This incident made that totally obvious to me. And while I didn’t outright expect it to fail, I kinda did because I didn’t think anyone would be interested–and I was totally wrong.

As a fiction writer, you also have people you communicate with, for sure (editors, readers, or an agent if you have one). And yes, this may be particular to Facebook, but that doesn’t mean the knowledge pick up still isn’t a good one (like something you’ve discovered, not canned dating dialogue or something).

Be aware, be very aware.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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