Author Meltdown? Pull a Charlie Sheen

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. If someone reviews your book, be professional and polite. Otherwise, you could turn off all your potential readers.
  4. 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.

About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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