Keeping Up Appearances?

Colleague: You can’t do that! You’ll make them look bad! Me: Umm. Maybe if there were actually doing their job that wouldn’t be an issue?...

When You Only Read the Headline . . .

Sending criticism as a response after only reading the first sentence or two of an email does not endear you to the sender. And it also wastes everyone’s time at least two-fold: It tempts the recipient to ignore you for the rest of the day. You have to spend...

Fake It ’til You Make It — Part 2

Pro Tip: Beginning your inquiry to a publisher regarding the status of your submission with “Still waiting.” is probably not going to get you the kind of attention that you want....

The Sound of Silence

When presented with verifiable facts, and your response is, “Then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.” My silence is not assent; it’s me making a conscious decision not to waste any more of my energy on you....

Fake It ’til You Make It — Part 1

Even if you’re submitting a manuscript for the first time — particularly if you are submitting for the first time — please do your best to make it look like you’re a professional. Sending in a clean, well-formatting manuscript with things like, oh … page numbers can go a...

“Expert” Witness

If you know so much about the publishing and promotional process, then why aren’t you publishing it yourself? Hmm?...

Welcome to the 21st Century

If you hope to be a successful writer in this era, you cannot make excuses of “I don’t figure how to Share on Facebook” or “I don’t understand Twitter”. These are the platforms on which writers can best (and most easily) communicate with their audience these days. If you...

Critical Thinking

No, you do not get to criticize me when you are the one who is not behaving like a professional. I suggest you go look in a mirror if you are looking for who to blame for why your career or business has not succeeded like you wanted it...

I Have the Attention Span of a Gnat on Meth

Me: Did you pick up my book? Friend of over 30 years: I can’t afford it. Me: I’ll give you a copy. Friend: No, it’s okay. I don’t have the attention span to read novels. (thank you for the contribution)...

To Thine Own Self . . .

Random Author: You’re going to self-publish??? I’m going for the Big Five. That’s where the big money is. Me: (three years later, at a convention table signing books for buyers) Random Author: You’re still self-published? Me: Yes. (sincerely) When’s your book coming out? Random Author: . . ....