Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Decision making time

We've all been at that proverbial fork in the road where we have to decide whether we'll listen to our head or our heart. I have to decide by the end of this week which path to take. A huge educational institution out of Washington D.C. sent me a contract for a story I wrote about a former colleague, a veteran teacher who made a tremendous impact on students, faculty and staff, especially me. My story is in the running. After all of the contracts are received, the publisher will make final determination as to which stories will go into the publication. It will then be distributed to public school teachers across the nation.

I have tried unsuccessfully for ten years to get this story 'out there'. Now the opportunity is here and I am wondering if I should give it away; compensation is a copy of the book in exchange for all rights. This goes against my better judgment, not the no stipend part, but relinguishing all rights. My heart tells me that this woman's story needs to be told. I know that her story will stop with me ( she is now deceased) if I decline to sign the contract, and I know that it will continue to impact others and have a wide reach if I release it. She was an inspiration to me, so in honor of Thurma Young, I think I shall sign the contract and allow her legacy to live on.

Thanks for listening late this evening while I reasoned with myself and wrestled with my conscience. Each of us has to do what's right for us. I work hard at my craft and I know that my words are valuable, but sometimes, money isn't the only payoff. How do you feel about this?

10 comments:

Bookie said...

Money definitely is not the only or even best pay off sometimes. You won't be sorry anytime that you cast goodness on the waters...the tide always returns to shore!

BECKY said...

Wow, Miss Bookie! Your comment is fabulous! :)
And Linda, I totally agree! Especially because of the time factors...you've tried for 10 years, the woman is now deceased...but so many people will know about her and her impact! And who knows...a wonderful editor, publisher, agent just might be one of the readers!

Nancy's Notes said...

I love Bookie's comment too. Just follow your heart, what a magnificent journey you are on!

I just found your great blog, can't wait to see what adventure/decision you'll take~

Enjoy your day~
Nancy

Linda O'Connell said...

Claudia,
Your statement is profound. I love the ocean, so your response is even more meaningful. In fact, I am going to post it above my computer.

Linda O'Connell said...

Becky,
I never thought about that possibility. Life does have a way of taking twists and turns. I have been on a straight road so long with this story, it's time for a detour. It's like travelling the same route everyday and then having to detour unexpectedly. And discovering something wonderful on the new path. Thanks for your encouragement.

Linda O'Connell said...

Nancy,
Welcome. Thanks for following my blog from Texas. I look forward to connecting with you on your blog.

Terri Tiffany said...

I'm happy to see how seriously you take this and I know you will make the right decision:)

Tammy said...

I think of submitting as releasing the piece out into the world to find the right home. Sometimes they seem to have their own destiny in mind. I love when that happens.

Put me down as another fan of Bookie's comment!

Linda O'Connell said...

Tiffany and Tammy, Thanks for your helpful comments. It is a serious consideration. I have given it wings.

K9friend said...

You're a smart lady with good judgment. Sounds like you've made your decision, and I don't doubt it's the right one.

Pat
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