Well, I finally finished Dean Karnazes’ book, Ultramarathon Man. In the first chapter of the book, a pizza delivery man asks Dean why he runs. In the rest of the book he attempts to answer that question. The last chapter (in case you missed it) is a summary of his reasons. First and foremost, he says, it is because it is what he does best.
That got me to thinking about publishing. Why do I love it so much? Why have I chosen to work in this industry for the last twenty-right years. Here are my top ten reasons:
- Because books have been the single biggest influence in my own life.
- Because I revel in discovering new ideas and debating them.
- Because I enjoy meeting authors and learning from them.
- Because I love playing the role of a literary midwife—helping authors give birth to their ideas.
- Because I am excited to play a role in extending the reach of an author’s message.
- Because I find great joy in working with passionate, committed colleagues.
- Because I know our books are making a difference—in individual lives and in the world.
- Because I have the privilege of building an enduring institution.
- Because I am captivated by the desire to build a great workplace environment.
- Because I love the verbal arts and the expression of ideas.
There are probably other reasons, but these are the main ones.
What about you? If you have been in publishing a while, what keeps you working in this industry? What gets you up in the morning? Share your thoughts in the comments below.