This is the third and final post about the panels at ConCarolinas. I already have tickets for next year’s event (George R.R. Martin is the guest of honor!) so I will definitely post from the panels I attend then as well.
The following notes are from the Writer Beware panel. While this panel was geared more toward folks who are negotiating their first contracts with publishing houses, I still learned quite a lot. This was the largest panel I attended. It started out with Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, John Hartness, James Tuck, Aaron Rosenberg, and Ed Schubert. Then, after making a comment from the audience, Carrie Ryan was quickly pulled out of the audience and given a chair in the middle of the group. I am glad she was encouraged (read: forced) to join because I really found that she had a lot to add.
Here are some of the notes (and links) that I took during the session.
- Magical Words
- Preditors and Editors – website currently being sued for telling the truth
- Kris Rusch blog
- Passive Voice blog
- Absolute Write Water Cooler
- Kboards Writers’ Cafe
- Remember, money flows from the publisher to the agent to the writer. Money always flows to the writer.
- Don’t angst over what to write. Just write.
- Read your contracts!
- Boilerplate: standard term contact
- Contracts are negotiable.
- When you sign it, it’s in stone.
- Get off your ass, put your pride in your pocket, and do what the editor wants.
- Make decisions based on passion for the project not money.
- It’s your book. Be smart about it.
- Don’t take on too much. It takes a toll on you. Life happens.
- You can ruin your relationship with an editor if you don’t meet your deadlines.
- You have to make life decisions as well as career decisions.
- Know your limits. Know what you’re capable of.
- Know your writing speed normally and your top writing speed.
- Editors will respect you more if you nicely turn them down than miss a deadline.
Thanks for reading! I really learned a lot from all these folks at the Con, and I can’t wait for next year. There’s always more to learn!
This post originally appeared at http://www.theenchantedalley.blogspot.com in 2013.