Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cowboys And Heroes

Cowboys were my heroes when growing up. Cowboys were always clean-cut, didn't drink, smoke or swear and seemed above reproach. As an adult, I don't have many heroes—maybe George Patton, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King. They seemed above it all, but of course they are all dead so the media can't dredge up dirt on them.

Every once in awhile though, a larger than life hero rides to the front of the herd and does something that sort of puts him or her above the fray. Their name jumps to the top of my list, then, as with most heroes these days, they jumped off of it when they smell money. I don't know the circumstances, http://tinyurl.com/7zbz8zg but it seems this one went down the same path as all those valiant self-publishing Ebook success stories that have surfaced in the last few years, those modern writers who have decided to take on the status quo and come out winners despite the odds.

My problem is not that they sold out. In similar circumstances, I might have done the same; however, I don't know if I would have written books damning those who cheat authors and then make mockery of the valiant lines by going over to the other side. It's not so bad if you do what one woman did, just announce to your fans that you're tired of fighting the fight alone. However, others didn't do that. They told us what scoundrels major publishers are then ran to them as soon as a book offer is made. Real heroes walk the walk, others just talk the talk and then leave those who admire them stranded in the swamp because there might be gators in it. A real hero would rather eat last Christmas fruit cake than sell out to the powers that be. Just sayin'.

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