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  • Guest column: Not everything is worth sharing

  • I have always loved to read. One of the first books I remember being totally in love with was "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

    I spent one whole night under the covers with a flashlight because I simply couldn't stop reading it.
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  • I have always loved to read. One of the first books I remember being totally in love with was "The Secret Garden," by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
    I spent one whole night under the covers with a flashlight because I simply couldn't stop reading it.
    That experience led to my passion to read all manner of books, and to have a great desire to write one of my own.
    Well, I have been fortunate to fulfill my dream of becoming an author several times, but the journey was not easy. I sent many a proposal to various publishers, and no one was interested until I landed a PBS show. That was over 15 years ago, and the book world has significantly changed.
    Anyone can write a book now and many do. You no longer need a literary agent or a publisher because you can publish the book yourself.
    This in my estimation is a blessing and a curse.
    When you complete a book that you have gotten an advance for and you complete it, editors, lawyers and a marketing team read your book before it is published. Spelling, fact-checking and any form of plagiarism are checked and re-checked. That is not often the case with self-publishing or the many blogs that have manifested over the last several years.
    You can allude to being an expert in any field and unless someone wants to spend the time or money to uncover the truth you can go on your merry way and continue duping the public. You can spend a lifetime educating yourself and trying to share information that has substance.
    But in today's world anyone can be an expert simply by writing a blog or going on YouTube.
    If you meet your new partner in a supermarket, you can now write about how to find a man/women in the deli section and get a following.
    Am I sounding jaded and cynical? Probably. But isn't it time we faced reality?
    Just because we are in the age of social media, it doesn't mean that everything we think is sacrosanct and needs to be shared with the general public. It might be wise to have some unexpressed thoughts or at the very least do some fact-checking.

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