The #HugoAwards are Supposed to be Fun, Damn It!

I know I haven’t said anything about this year’s Hugo Awards on the blog.  There are reasons.  Reason number one being that I have work to do and there are plenty of more fervent voices chiming in already.  Reason number two is that I know people involved to various degrees and do not wish toContinue reading “The #HugoAwards are Supposed to be Fun, Damn It!”

Of Profiles and Pitches

I open my email and find I have a new twitter follower. Cool. That’s a pretty rare event for me, seeing as I how I’m sitting at nobody status at the moment and I don’t go on following rampages looking for random hoards to follow me back. I like to visit followers’ profiles to seeContinue reading “Of Profiles and Pitches”

Anybody Follow Football? An Ethics Post

Anybody follow football? If you do, you’ve probably heard of the Saints’ ‘bounty’ scandal.  Hell, if you don’t follow football I’m sure you’ve heard of it. This is a great example of ethics at work.  And of what is moral vs. ethical vs. legal.  Most people would say it’s immoral to hit someone, though they’dContinue reading “Anybody Follow Football? An Ethics Post”

Moral, Ethical, Legal: What’s the difference?

Disclaimer: all examples that follow apply to the United States.  Different countries have different standards and legalities. I recently realized that I started my series on business ethics in the wrong place.  It doesn’t help to throw a list of ethics violations at you before defining ethics in general. Don’t close that internet window!  YouContinue reading “Moral, Ethical, Legal: What’s the difference?”

“Writerly” Much? Don’t be this Guy

For today I have a nice little anecdote about what it means to be a writer versus wanting to be “writerly.”  I’ve been sitting on this story for about nine months because I couldn’t quite figure out in what context I should present it.  Recently there was a thread on the Absolute Write forums that discussed theContinue reading ““Writerly” Much? Don’t be this Guy”

A Business Ethics Tie In: Reviews, Anyone?

If you frequent very many writing related websites or forums, you’ll know there’s been a bit of hubbub recently over reviews.  Mainly over writers and agents and publishers either responding to reviews inappropriately, or writing posts on how a reviewer should review, or stating how reviewers should feel responsible (read: guilty) for any direct impact theirContinue reading “A Business Ethics Tie In: Reviews, Anyone?”

The Business Ethics of Writing and Publishing: Shilling

There are all sorts of articles available on how to publish (traditional and self), on why or why not to go a certain route, how to present yourself, how to produce a good product, how to get the attention of agents, publishers, reviewers, readers, etc. But you know what I’ve never seen?  An article aboutContinue reading “The Business Ethics of Writing and Publishing: Shilling”