Being SMART With Your Goals

Ok, I might be a little late here.  A goal-oriented post usually belongs at the beginning of January, not at the end.  But… I want to discuss setting real goals vs. setting non-goals.  You’d be amazed (or, perhaps not) at how many writers I’ve seen this month declare non-goals for 2013.  Non-goals don’t help anyone,Continue reading “Being SMART With Your Goals”

WotF: Anonymity and the Number Eight

Note: Even if you’ve been entering a long time, I highly suggest you read this post.  You might be damaging your anonymity without realizing it. For those of you who don’t know, the Writers of the Future contest is open to amateurs looking to become professionals.  It’s designed to give them a leg-up in theContinue reading “WotF: Anonymity and the Number Eight”

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”

Why Copyright Extends Long after You are Gone

I’m referring everyone I can to these two blog posts, because if you own intellectual property it’s important to know your rights. First, Copyright is People, a guest post by Michael Capobianco for Writer Beware™ blogs: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-blog-post-copyright-is-people.html Next is a post by Neil Gaiman, Important. And Pass It on…: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2006/10/important-and-pass-it-on.html In the second post thereContinue reading “Why Copyright Extends Long after You are Gone”