I promised myself I wasn’t going to get sucked into Jacqueline Howett’s drama. I was going to ignore her and go about my business. But it’s like a car wreck: you just have to look. As long as I did, you should have the benefit of the lessons learned.
- If you are going to self-publish your book, put out your best work. Study your craft (reading this blog is a good start) and hire a great copyeditor (you could hire me). Sentences like this shouldn’t make it to print:
Don and Katy watched hypnotically Gino place more coffees out at another table with supreme balance.
- If you publish a book, be prepared for bad reviews or even lukewarm reviews, like BigAl’s. BigAl’s review of the story wasn’t bad; it was actually good. His complaint was that the typos and errors made it difficult to read.
- If someone reviews your book, be professional and polite. Otherwise, you could turn off all your potential readers.
- Most important, if you’re going to act childishly and rudely, go all out and pull a Charlie Sheen. If you’re going to lose book sales, you’d better have another plan for making money.
In the parlance of Twitter: #fail.