Our Eleventh Tradition reminds us all that “Our Public Relations Policy is one of attraction rather than promotion.”
So how does a new author, one who has sought approval and submitted manuscript to GSO in New York and Hazelden Press in Minnesota, both having favorably reviewed but informing me that the Group Conscience must be sought to arrive at Conference Approval?
That means that I seek consideration at the lowest level, the F2F and on-line meeting, by announcing this new reference, one which I have worked on for six years.
It has been reviewed by at least two dozen members, edited by at least four; all of which have said they think it will be of service; that it’s wonderful and that’s long overdue.
But today, while trying to subtly mention my home page on an On-Line Meeting, a member wrote me a terse email about “pimping” my book and “would I do that at a F2F Meeting”? Yes! I would and will; because that’s how you attract interest.
No. I will not be disrespectful, putting it in the middle of sharing “the message”. No I will not barge in and blurt out an announcement. But I WILL — make a brief, polite offering after the meeting and at what events I can, because that’s what GSO told me to do: self-publish or get a publisher. I could’ve gotten a publisher; there were offers. BUT — it would’ve involved advertising,….and that wouldn’t be right. This work makes the 12 Step work possible, it does not interfere commercially.
So if you have a suggestion about how I should approach this, write a response. I don’t want to step on procedural toes, but I have a right to be heard.
The work is good I’m told so far and deserves a chance. “A.A. ought never be organized,”….. but for all the talk of the Group Conscience and the 2nd Tradition, I’m already getting ‘bleating deacons” speaking for everybody.
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