Okay, something was recently brought to my attention and I have to say I am disappointed to say the least. I will not name names, but in light of this discovery I would like to give a few tips to those of you out there who are writers trying to get published…anywhere.
Five things NOT to do or say in ANY public forum (especially on the Internet) when trying to build a career in publishing.
5. Don’t say you’ll never make any money selling an eBook.
4. Say publicly call your editor Hitler.
3. Don’t publicly doubt the decisions of your publisher.
2. Don’t publicly proclaim that social networking is a waste of time. (It is a slight to your potential fans).
1. Why is my editor making me do so much on this story, it’s only an eBook.
The publishing industry is not that big and word gets around. When you say and do things that can, in any way, be construed as insulting or unprofessional it gets around. And even if you do get published somewhere else, what do you think the quality of that publisher really is? They’ve contracted a writer who is unprofessional and they may not have your best interest in mind.
Don’t make yourself look petty in the eyes of millions of potential readers, it does nothing to endear you to them.