Orna Ross, left, director of the Alliance of Independent Authors. The Pudding, right.
By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
The FutureBook: Orna Ross, the Pudding Would Like a Word
At The FutureBook:
What’s important is for all of us to remember that our words, our expressions of opinion, can be hurtful, wrong, unfair, damaging. It’s incumbent upon us to be careful.
A tip from the long-lost arts of journalism: None of us knows what another is thinking, feeling, believing, or wishing. A good journalist never writes, “The police believe the Pudding was one egg short of a true Yorkshire.” Instead, he writes, “The police say they believe the eggs were not fresh but stale.”
Had Ross taken a moment to write, “Porter says he wishes this self-publishing lark would just stop,” she might have realized that she’d never heard the Pudding say any such thing.
Plus: Excellent commentary from Orna Ross
Read the full article at TheFutureBook.com
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Porter Anderson, BA, MA, MFA, is a Fellow with the National Critics Institute and has done special readings in the psychology of the arts at the University of Bath, UK. As a journalist, he has worked with three networks of CNN (CNN USA, CNN International, CNN.com) and was on the lead development team for CNN.com Live. He also has worked on The Village Voice, Dallas Times Herald, D Magazine, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other outlets. He writes the weekly (Thursdays) WRITING ON THE ETHER column at JaneFriedman.com and (Mondays) ETHER FOR AUTHORS column at PublishingPerspectives.com. Anderson also is a regular contributor to WriterUnboxed.com and to Digital Book World’s (DigiBookWorld.com) Expert Publishing Blog. He has been posted by the United Nations to Rome (P-5, laissez-passer) for the World Food Programme, and served as Executive Producer to INDEX: Design to Improve Life in Copenhagen. He is based in Tampa and his primary medium is Twitter. Follow him @Porter_Anderson