1. Check more than one source…Luckily I checked with a friend in Athens and was able to enjoy an amazing time in a great country.
2. Sensationalism sells but sustainability counts…Remember the old saying that today’s headlines are tomorrow’s fish and chip wrappers. Personally, I want to write books that are sustainable. OK I’d love it if ‘Hope Happens’ or any of my others happened to be in ancient libraries-but I’m not quite that egotistical. (and no, this image is not phot shopped)
3. Writing is a marathon-not a sprint….I was last in Athens for the 2004 Olympics. Sometimes we must write quickly to capture ideas but the road to publication is a longer one; needing as much perspiration and determination as actual talent. Take one step at a time…and take the first one now!
4. Outsourcing isn’t new….To quote Wikipedia: ‘Plato was the student of Socrates. While Socrates never wrote anything of his own, his philosophy is known through the works of Plato.’ Both were regarded as founders of Western philosophy. OK, maybe you don’t need a ghost writer but your words will unlikely stand the test of time without a good editor.
5. Every problem can be an opportunity. Greece has survived many ‘classic Greek tragedies’ and will do this economic one….So too, you can survive rejection. Be bold. Stay strong.
And there’s absolutely no truth in the rumour that Euros will now be printed on ‘grease-proof’ paper. So keep smiling and keep writing!