quid pro quo

Quid pro quo (“something for something” in Latin[2]) is a Latin phrase used in English to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; “a favor for a favor”. Phrases with similar meanings include: “give and take”, “tit for tat“, “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours”, and “one hand washes the other”. Other languages use other phrases for the same purpose. – Wikipedia

Have you ever noticed on social media sites like Facebook that famous writers want you to join their stables of followers but once you join, you never hear from them? They often seem to have a clique of friends they respond to in comments to their posts. Everyone else is chopped liver.

They never stop by your profile or wish you happy birthday or even say, “Wow, thank you,” when you tell them how much you enjoyed their last book.

I expect more of a quid pro quo in the social media; otherwise the BIG TIME WRITERS use it for advertising while the rest of us talk to each other, share recipes, commiserate over tax bills, and in general, try to support each other in good times and bad. Facebook alerts us to birthdays and says stuff like BIG TIME WRITER is having a birthday today. I look and see that they haven’t stopped by my profile since sliced bread, so I’m going to wish them a happy birthday when hell freezes over.

Yes, I know, when hell freezes over I’m going to have a long TO DO list.

I’m not very happy when the government mucks around in everyone’s personal business. But as long as they’re doing that already, I’m proposing new legislation: When an unknown writer buys a book from a big time writer, that big time writer must buy a book from the unknown writer.  

It’s the right thing to do, tit for tat and all that. If you’re a famous writer, click on the image below to get yourselves right with the universe.


Malcolm R. Campbell

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