I love sales jobs

May 20, 2016

It might surprise you to know that I, the author of Wage Slave Rebellion, a book where one of the main characters is so disgusted with his crappy sales job that he’d rather become a glorified mercenary, do not in fact hate sales jobs. In fact, sales and marketing fascinates me, and I may soon have a sales job once again for my full-time side job (i.e. the one that pays well enough so I can keep writing books). Does this surprise you?

It shouldn’t. It’s reasonable to assume that an author puts part of him out herself into their books, because we usually do. If you surmised that I disliked sales, out disliked jobs, or had a crappy job once, I can see where you’re coming from. But fiction authors only put a facet of themselves into any given work. We don’t put the whole thing.

Not that we could. Fiction authors are usually boring people. A true, full accounting of my life would be boring.

I like sales and marketing because I’m good at them, and because doing them in a way that leaves the customer as happy about the transaction as you are is both difficult and vitality important in this world of abundance. Sales need not be manipulative. Doing it right is a challenge I enjoy.

Now, if you were to ask whether I’ve ever worked for a company that did sales in a way I disliked, the answer might be yes. (Let’s not be coy—it’s yes.) But that doesn’t mean I dislike all salespeople or sales jobs. Just the ones like AIW.

Though that doesn’t really matter. My books are fiction, so it doesn’t matter how I feel about companies like AIW. All that matters is that Mazik was miserable, which propelled him to make a change.

You might think you’re understanding me or another author through our writing, but remember that our stories aren’t about us. They’re about our characters. If you want to find us, look to the world. How we choose to set up the world and the kinds of stories we choose to tell says far more about us than any single character. Those characters could be based on anybody. The story itself is what we’re really trying to say.

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.

2 Comments

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    Brian

    Heh, what really gets new authors is this. They pour their hearts and souls into a book and get a luke warm response from fans at best. Sadly most authors give up before they really build up a strong fan base which usually starts to happen around book three if the author is any good.

    So I thought I would drop by and let you know that I read your book over a year ago, and I still remember it fondly. It was well a well written fast paced roller coaster ride of an adventure. I would encourage you to keep writing when you have time, should you ever decide to publish a sequel, I’ll buy it. It would be nice to see an update on your Amazon authors page.

    As far as sales jobs go, there are sales jobs, and there are sales jobs. Door to Door sales is no fun at all, so I don’t blame the protagonist for hating his job at all.

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      Stephen W. Gee

      Well I have good news for you then, because the sequel is out this week : )

      If you want advance updates on such things, make sure to sign up for my email list. And thank you kindly for the compliment! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the next one as well.

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