Wishing Doesn’t Make it So

Authors, I appreciate that you sold more books than you expected to. (Yay! This is always a pleasant surprise!) But there are certain restrictions that I cannot afford to overcome. You were informed, from the start, that we need at least two weeks advance notice to ensure that you...

Missing Deadlines While Killing Your Career

There is a reason that deadlines exist. While your agent, editor, or publisher might set them to ensure that a project does not drag on and on … and on, there are probably even more likely solid business reasons behind almost all of them. If your editor informs you...

What is a Group of Writers Called?

I’ve always been a little leery of writing groups. Even moreso now that I have also become an editor. It’s not that they can’t be helpful and provide much-needed support. By general experience has been that if you have 5 writers in a group, you will get 4 different...

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...