Never hire a murder defense
attorney for a case of house mold. Now there’s a bit of advice most authors
have not heard!
Nearly 20 years ago, I tried to save a little on legal fees for the closing on the purchase of a house. A friend of mine had a friend that he used to do the closing on his house. The guy was a defense attorney for some headline-making defendants who were on trial for murder. The lawyer was moonlighting with real estate closings.
On our final walk-through of the house, we discovered some mold and needed our lawyer to renegotiate the deal and to mitigate the problem. My lawyer was not up to the task and we had to fire him. In the end, with lots of aggravation, a few thousand in extra legal fees, and lots of back and forth with a new lawyer, we struck a compromise with the seller. It all worked out, albeit at a mental and financial cost.
The lesson learned here: hire the qualified professional to do the job right. There is a difference between a veterinarian and a physician, even though both are doctors.
No two experts are alike.
Just as there is a difference between college baseball players, the Minor Leagues, and the Major Leagues, authors need to be mindful when hiring someone to help them promote their book.
My advice to authors is that they should hire someone to help then to market their book. Probably a few someones. The person who designs your website may not be the right one to solicit large organizations to schedule speeches and book signings. The individual who might promote you to the news media may not be as good as one who can be your social media surrogate.
Authors need to find a balance between what they will do versus what a paid professional can do for them. And when they utilize outside help, they must drop the desire for one-stop shopping and recognize that they likely will need the help of several different specialized experts.
Going back to the house analogy, think about how many different, specialized workers you will end up using — a plumber, electrician, roofer, fridge repairman, floor guy, window treatment lady, etc. Your book publicity and marketing may very well need the touch of various professionals.
Whatever you do, don’t bring a self-defense lawyer to a mold dispute. It is overkill.
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