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What Not To Do In Publishing

This week on Hide and Create Moses Siregar, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, and Joshua Essoe talk about what you shouldn’t do in the publishing business.

Don’t be a dick.  Take care not to take advantage. Meet your deadlines. Don’t join in the mob-trash-talk. Don’t take rejection personally. Help when you can. Build your platform, but don’t spend all your time promoting. Don’t forget that your main job is writing. Everything in this field is finding that delicate balance, and timing. Don’t be the person who sells sells sells themselves. Pay close attention to submission guidelines. Build your personal Voltron. Oh, and remember to wash behind your ears.

Giving Feedback

This week on Hide and Create, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe talk about giving feedback.

Human beings in general, and writers in specific, don’t especially enjoy being criticized. Thus, as you can imagine, giving feedback can become a touchy process. It becomes an art. In giving feedback, your job isn’t telling the subject of your critique how bad their story is, or to “beat the truth into them,” your job is to make the story as good as it can be.

The flip side of the coin is how to receive that feedback, which can be just as difficult a process.

Here’s our take on it.


This week on Hide and Create,  Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger and Diana Rowland talk rejection!

If you’re in this business, if you’re in any creative business, you’re going to get rejected. It’s just going to happen, so you’ve gotta set your stiff upper lip, put on your big boy or your big girl pants and pull those suckers up because it is a bumpy ride. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. Those rejections are marks in your ledger, and each mark in there brings you closer and closer to your success. If you don’t have any rejections you’re not trying hard enough. So get out there and get rejected!

(Lamest battle cry, ever. You’re welcome.)

Self-Promotion for Writers: Part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, David Dalglish, Diana Rowland and Jordan Ellinger continue with part two of last week’s show about self-promotion for writers.

We discuss writing communities, and responding to negative book reviews, and why that’s bad, m’kay? Press releases and how to handle them, paying for reviews, and definitely not enough Felicia Day.