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Writer to Writer - September 2010


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Over the past few months, since I started the intensive Halloween course, I've only managed to produce one newsletter per month.

That's because the course is very time consuming.  And I do mean very! So far I've created 19 websites.  Yes, really!

And I still have another five to go before I'm done.

Anyways, my point is that I'm endeavouring to get back on track with two newsletters per month, as it should be, but please forgive me if that doesn't quite go to plan!

In addition to the course, my elderly mother-in-law was (finally!) diagnosed with dementia earlier this year, and has steadily gone downhill over the past few months.

She's now at a point where she can no longer look after herself, so our family decided she needed to be in care.  That's not as easy as it sounds, and I've spent the best part of the last two weeks trying to find suitable accommodation, as well as getting everything in order. 

Yesterday we finally got confirmation she can move to the supportive care hostel in two weeks time.  In the meantime, someone needs to be with her most of the time.  Since she lives in the country, and Alan (hubby) and I live in the city, Alan's been doing a lot of travelling back and forth.

His sister has also done more than her fair share of 'baby-sitting'.  She lives about an hour away, but also works full-time. 

It's a difficult situation, but there's definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

Before I forget, let me just touch on a subject I try to bring up every now and then.  It's all about taking time for yourself.

You've no doubt heard the saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".  Well, it does. And it also causes burn-out.

Instead of working yourself to death, take some time out.  Rest, rejuvenate, have some free time.

Some of us (yes, I include myself in that!), can become workaholics if we're not careful.

To stop that from continuing, I took up ten pin bowling several months ago.  I've joined a local league, and apart from the social aspects of it, I'm finding it  fun as well as great exercise.

Plus, it gets me out of the house at least once a week - to spend time with real people - not just fictional characters!

In addition, our family has been swimming at least once a week for the past year.

It's all helping me to feel more relaxed, and better prepared for the writing sprints I tend to do on a regular basis.

Okay, rant over!  LOL

Let's get onto this week's article. 

For this issue we have a very thought provoking article from Dawn Carrington.

Over the years I've met hundreds, if not thousands of authors - offline and online - who have no concern for what they say or do publicly.

Dawn discusses the actions some authors have taken in the past, and what the consequences may be to a writer's career.

I'm sure you'll find it interesting!

That's it from me [FIRSTNAME], time to sit back and enjoy this issue.

Til next time…



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Burning Bridges

8 Ways to Develop a
Positive Reputation as an Author

Dawn Carrington 
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With each book that is accepted for publication, you take one more step toward your dream—becoming a self-supporting, fully established author whose name is well-known and whose books are cherished. But along the way toward your dream, there are a few pitfalls which could not only inhibit your career but tarnish your reputation. Just as you wouldn’t want to become known as a troublesome employee, you don’t want to develop a reputation as the author from…well, you know.


So with each step you take, you must make a choice to be the same person you’ve always been, or even, become a better you. Hopefully, you won’t make the following choices as they can and will create an image of a less than desirable author.


1.               Don’t fight with your editor on every edit.


As much as we hate them, edits are a necessary evil in this industry. Even if you think your book is polished until it gleams like Mr. Clean’s gold earring, an editor is going to discover ways to make it better. He or she will help you clean up flowery prose, sweep away mechanical and typographical errors, and add commas where they’re supposed to be.


No, you won’t agree with everything your editor suggests, and that’s where diplomacy comes in. Just as you would, hopefully, discuss an issue with a co-worker, you should discuss your concerns with your editor and work toward a resolution together.


2.               Don’t continually demand more than what is afforded you in your contract.


Before you sign away the rights to your book, know what the trade-off will be. Once you’ve informed yourself, understand that the contract is a valid, legal document. You can’t expect more than what is specified in your contract, and while you can certainly ask for additional benefits, do not expect them. It’s unfair to the publisher and will create dissension that’s unnecessary and potentially detrimental to your career.



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