You’ve got to be kidding!

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.

 

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8 responses to “You’ve got to be kidding!

  1. I think the saddest part about this is all of these things should be common sense. *sigh*

  2. Oh dear. I hope they’ve since come to see the error of their ways.

  3. I would love to get the skinny on some of this. You don’t have to name names, unless of course you really want to.
    At my pub house, our writers are on long-term contracts for continuing projects, so we would never give their backsides a resounding kick–we need them to deliver the ms and finish the project. If they cause us trouble or act unprofessional, we just would not hire them again. Certainly, we would never recommend their work to someone else.

  4. While I love the smell of a brand-new paperback, I find myself buying 10 e-books to 1 paper book. Why?
    1. The price
    2. The speed with which I can get hold of it
    3. The ease of storage

  5. Goodness, I can’t even spell my own name. lol

  6. Hitler? Oh, my. I think my editor would drive down here and give my backside a resounding kick, followed by my senior editor doing the same thing, followed by my publisher doing the same thing if I ever did something along those lines.
    Is my editor tough? Darn right she is. Why? Because she knows what needs to be done. Am I going to balk and question her corrections? Possibly. But the discussions are between the two of us. I’ll look at her suggestions and find out why she’s doing what she’s doing. Goodness, I don’t have time to go trash her all over the ‘net. That’s ridiculous. I’ve got serious work to do.
    You come up with some of the most amusing posts. I marvel at how some people shoot themselves in the foot.

  7. Oh, dear, some authors are really dumb! I’ve heard similar remarks. I learned long ago, the best way to stay published is to keep my publisher happy by not bugging him/her and do all I can to promote.

    Marilyn
    http://fictionforyou.com

  8. Really? Someone called their editor Hitler? Ok, we all love a train wreck. Please spill the beans. That’s too funny… and career destroying..

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