I don’t do a lot of writing advice here. One of my personal pet peeves is people who get that first contract and turn into the Golden Knowledge Fountain of all Things Literary and start spewing their newly gained wisdom all over the damn place. (Which is the exact opposite of my other pet peeve—people who get that first contract and thereafter are too good to dwell with the little people. I met an aspiring writer at a conference and she was really nice and sweet. She sold that year, and the next year she was the most obnoxious, condescending bitch there and just arched an over-plucked eyebrow at me when I said hello.)
Anyway, I digress. My advice for the month:
There’s a difference between being plain-spoken and getting off on bashing & trashing people. And if you even think your hand may turn to writing—or if it already has—consider this: If you should be fortunate enough to get published by a company which you’ve probably bashed & trashed at some point, all those authors you’ve bashed & trashed in the past will be your coworkers. Your peers.
Professionalism is a wonderful thing to aspire to, but don’t think that if a request for a blurb or an invitation to cross-promote hits an author’s email that she won’t remember being bashed, trashed, and publicly insulted or even ridiculed. And editors have even longer memories than writers.
In short, you never know whose ass you’ll have to kiss tomorrow.