14 ways to tick off a writer

This is a great list below about ways to piss off a writer! And it’s scary how many of these things I’ve already encountered.

Here’s just one of the great ones from the list:

4) Email saying you want to be a writer too, and you notice the writer lives in the same city, and you wonder if he could spare two hours sometime soon to have coffee and fill you in on how this whole writing thing works. Do not give any indication that you have ever read the writer’s work or care about it in any way. Do not address the author by name. Just cut and paste.

And that list is not an exaggeration. Not even close. Believe it or not, the most insane thing I’ve had happen yet is someone I’ve never met or heard of emailed me out of the blue and asked me to take on a book series with them. But, wait, it gets better.

They had never read any of my stuff.

Although they did graciously say they were looking forward to doing so at some point. So, I’m not sure if they made the decision to spend the next ten years working on a seven-book series with me based solely on the look of my website or maybe my charm (hah!), but I’ll never understand that one.

Anyway, here’s that list: 14 Ways to Tick off a Writer

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 21 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 34 in its genre.

9 thoughts on “14 ways to tick off a writer

  1. Thanks for the authoritative list. I’ll do my best to whack you with each of the 14. But let’s just wait while I finish writing this novel….


  2. I can’t believe that happened to you (and that the person said they ‘planned’ to read your work some time in the future!). It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad, oh dear!

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂


    1. Thanks, Letizia! I still can’t believe it either. I told a friend that this offer must mean I’ve made it. (I’m not sure what I’m more shocked by… The offer, or the fact that he was serious — we emailed back and forth a few times.)

      Hope you’re Thanksgiving rocked, as well, and thanks for the comment!


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