Friday, November 22, 2019

Writing: It's A Team Game

We've all heard the saying,  "It takes a village." This is--rightly--applied to writing a book. But until recently, I never thought about this sports analogy. It fits, and perhaps it will be meaningful to some of you.

If you watch football, how many times have you seen the place kicker receive congratulations when kicking a particularly difficult field goal? Sure, he swung his leg--got the ball over the outstretched hands of the defensive line, kicked it far enough and true enough to reach the goal posts and go through. But did you ever think of the other members of the team?

Who was the long-snapper for your team? How important was his contribution? How about the holder? Sometimes that snap isn't exactly where it should be, and it's up to the holder to grab it and get it down (while turning the laces toward the goal--I still marvel at that). And I'll bet you don't know who the people are who face the onslaught of the defense. It might surprise you that many of your favorite players--good people in their own right--are on that field goal team, often at their own request.

So, just as it takes a village to raise a child, just as it takes a whole team to account for that important field goal or extra point, it takes a number of people, working together, to publish that book that sits on your beside table. Think of that the next time you pick it up.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I college football season! The more I learn about the publishing industry, the more complex it becomes.

Richard Mabry said...

Yes, it's much more complex than it appears at first glance.