Friday, July 18, 2008

On Professionalism

Someone on a yahoo group posted this link to a Writer's Digest article on professionalism, and I'm offering it lieu of a post.

I am working on a post about writers's block (which I suffered last year and am happily over--I want to share the misery and how I overcame it).

I'm also working on three books, two novellas, a proposal, and preparing for the RWA National conference in between various dr.'s appointments. Hence the blog has been a bit quiet.

Follow the link below to "Don't Be a Writing Diva." I especially like #11 and #18. #2 Send your book in before deadline---umm, I'll have to work on that one. :-)


Lori Devoti said...

I agree with all of them with the possible exception of the money one. I'm pretty laid back about that--but I don't think expecting to be payed on time can in anyway be unprofessional. People shouldn't be afraid to ask for what they have earned. Now daily phone calls over it are another matter... :D
Have fun at National!

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner said...

I agree, Lori--you should get what you're owed in a timely fashion, and if you don't, your agent should check with the publisher to see what's wrong. On the other hand, begging your agent to send you an advance on your advance can send the wrong message. :-)

But I really agree with #11, be a lifelong learner of the craft. I constantly work to hone my writing; I don't think I'll ever know all there is to know about it.

I'm excited about Nationals!! I love the energy boost. (Followed of course by the energy drain when I get home.)

Thanks for your comment!