Author Mistake #9: Acting Like a Diva
Remember, publishing is all about building relationships. Your goal should be to maintain a happy and profitable partnership with your publisher over a number of books. Also keep in mind that the publishing industry is a tiny community. Word gets around like wildfire when an author starts putting on airs and acting just generally disagreeable. You want people to like you, especially people who can help you on your path to becoming a bestselling author. I’m not saying that you have to be a pushover because there will be times where you’ll need to be strong and not be afraid to put your foot down. But when you start complaining about deadlines or the number of edits you are being asked to make, or refusing to show up for publicity events, those publishing professionals who genuinely want you to succeed—because they also succeed from your success—are going to get annoyed. They are not going to want to work with you and they aren’t going to put a huge effort into promoting you or your book, which is only going to upset you further.
I’ve worked with my share of diva authors both as an editor and as an agent. Believe me, you want your team to be excited for the day your book publishes because they want to see it do well, not because they’ve been counting the days until they don’t have to work with you again.
Jon Malysiak is part of the Networlding Publishing Team. He works with me to support our ongoing efforts to educate thought leaders on the best practices for success in this new world of publishing.
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