Don’t write fake Amazon or B&N reviews without mentioning that bit about being the author. Likewise, asking and/or paying others for 5-star reviews is shady.
Don’t deceive or otherwise mistreat your teammates (editors, comic book artists, etc).
Don’t create or unilaterally edit your Wikipedia page. (Yes, they can find out). If there is a factual error on your Wikipedia page, propose a change in the Discussion section and be upfront about who you are. If nobody objects to your proposed change, then you can safely make the change even though you have a conflict of interest. For more details, please see Wikipedia’s guidelines for users with a conflict of interest. PS: Making enemies over at Wikipedia is REALLY bad business. Almost as much as the US Air Force or Google, they can really give you a bad day.
3. Anger and rudeness are almost always unhelpful.
A rude response to a negative review is MUCH more dangerous to your career than the review ever was. For more advice about how to take criticism well, please see this. PS: Don’t worry too much about negative reviews. There are several reasons a negative review might lead a reader to buy the book. For example, “This reviewer didn’t like it, but it sounds like the sort of book I would enjoy,” “After I heard about the book, I checked for other reviews and they generally sound pretty positive,” “Now I want to see if it really is that bad,” etc.
Please don’t publicly rant about the publishing industry. Most professional publishers do cursory Google searches on prospective authors before offering a publishing contract and it would be potentially problematic if your blog had several posts angry about the publishing industry. That’d suggest you would be harder to work with. (You wouldn’t apply to Ford or Toyota with a paper trail indicating that you were surly about car companies, would you?)
Be as polite as possible in your personal dealings. When a publisher Googles you, what will they find? If they find a news article about getting thrown off a plane for disorderly conduct, that would be (pardon my French) le bad. PS: If you DO get thrown off a plane for disorderly conduct, please don’t try to use the 9/11 attacks to make yourself look more sympathetic.
Don’t threaten a lawsuit unless you know what you’re talking about. In most cases, threatening a lawsuit against a reviewer is ill-advised. “Your negative review used quotes from my book in an unauthorized manner.” Fair use, chief. I’d recommend consulting with a lawyer before escalating a situation with legal threats. (If a reviewer publicizes that you’re incompetently trying to browbeat them, it could damage your reputation).
I was looking at a few relocation scenarios. Some observations: Long-distance moves are helluva expensive. FedEx quoted me $500 to move a 40 lb box from Chicago to Tokyo. That’s around 10x per pound-mile what NASA would pay for a trip to the moon. Also, FedEx insurance is extra, and you’re definitely not getting any […]
We’re up to 62 superhero movies since 2000. You can download the full data here. Some observations: R movies are making up the quality gap with PG-13 movies. Both DC and Marvel movies are getting better over time. DC superhero properties are averaging 47% since 2000, compared to 62% for Marvel and 69% […]
This is the worst Batman movie since Batman & Robin ~20 years ago. The writing was sub-cartoon grade. If you didn’t enjoy the latest Fantastic Four movie or Man of Steel, I would stay far away from this one.
We read a book to experience the journey a hero takes and to relate to the person they once were. However, a hero’s journey runs stagnant without a villain capable of proving their worth. Without a cunning villain, you have a hero basking in his awesomeness. Without a memorable villain, you have a hero walking […]
Are there any circumstances under which a highly inactive protagonist would be more promising dramatically than a more active protagonist? E.g. a main character that is weakly unenthusiastic about participating in the plot*, or opts to do nothing in situations where almost every protagonist in the genre would have taken some sort of move (like […]
Under what circumstances (if any) would it be possible to make a grossly incompetent main character likable and engaging? Are there any cases where making the main character consistently incompetent would make a story more interesting?