Monday, May 9, 2016

We're all Vital

Peter Leavell
I stood at the sacred portal guarding the sanctuary of life, using all my strength to keep open the barrier between two worlds. Or, for non-writers, I was holding open the café door.

"Go ahead,” I said to the man about my age.

His gaze darted to the door, and the heavy weight of responsibility entered his eyes. “No, I’ll get it. Go on in.” He lifted an arm to take over as the sacred keeper of the portal.

But I was a gentleman above all things. “It’s okay.” I motioned with my head toward the interior, too violently I guess, because I cracked my skull against the metal edge. My eyes watered as I hid the pain with as much masculinity as I could scrounge. “Go ahead.”

“I insist.”

An old-fashioned standoff.

This was silly. What was he worried about? It wasn’t like I was going to kill him from behind. But if he kept this up, I might smack him on the back of the head.

Another man, about our age, walked around the corner, nodded at my enemy, then said to me, “Thanks,” and blew inside.

Did he not know the rules, the sacred ritual established to protect the well being of portals in Boise Idaho cafés?

We scrambled inside at the same time, before the interior doors the intruder opened shut behind him.

Usually, as we work on our writing careers, we’re not writing. Instead, we’re holding the doors for others who know exactly what’s inside and are fortunate enough to walk right in.

We all have a role to play in getting great books on the shelves.

One person opens the door. Another keeps the door opener entertained. All the while, someone rushes through. But not to worry, we’re all getting a seat inside. No matter your role in the publishing industry, you're a vital part—as reader, author, editor, agent, acquisitions, marketing, booksellers, yes, even the sales team.

Keep up the good work. We're all in this together!

Peter Leavell is an award winning historical fiction author. He and his family research together, creating magnificent adventures. Catch up with him on his website at, or friend him on Facebook: Peter R. Leavell.