BlogBookTours has led me to some interesting people! (And I've tried to comment at everyone's blog at least once, if I was able, and all but a few have visited mine - thank you!)
I met Morgan Mandel prior to the tour and her post today mentioned annoying authors and their annoying over-promotion.
Immediately that put me in mind of basic human nature - we care more about ourselves than anyone else. Selfishness is just our sinful nature. Once we understand and accept this fact, we not only can be more aware of our own selfishness, but we can endear ourselves to others by appealing to their selfish nature. Of course, we cannot give expecting to receive - it just doesn't work that way! We must reach out to others with a genuine spirit.
I do not want to be a self-serving person. I did not begin my author journey with 'me' in mind - I began because I wanted to inspire others to pursue their dreams. I'm a firm believer that real success is how many people are better off because of a person's existence. I just want to be the best me possible.
So now I want to know - why are all my author friends out there doing what they are doing? What is your goals? Material or otherwise?