It’s IWSG time again. Writers from across continents and galaxies meet the first Wednesday of every month to give encouragement, wisdom, and share the bumpy road. Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, it’s not too late to sign up and join us. Just click on his name.
My post from last Friday, “Don’t be a Doormat Author,” struck a chord. It seems several of us have struggled with keeping folks we hire on track. So, I thought perhaps we could all share some lessons learned on how to deal with vendors / contractors / agents /publishers, so we can all feel more confident in our dealings.
I know several of you are on the other side and perhaps could help writers do a better job when hiring you.
Here are a few suggestions for keeping your business on track:
Set a deadline or multiple deadlines. It is important to be very clear about the service you are expecting and when.
Set consequences if deadline isn’t met. Follow through on those consequences.
Many people you hire will have contracts for you to sign. All things are negotiable. Add in some provisions that protect you, your investment, and your business.
Require regular check-ins. Constant communication can keep problems away.
Put in stipulations that you wish to be notified of any delays immediately and that you’d like a prompt response to your emails. What you consider prompt is up to you.
Will these prevent all problems? No. You may end up having to fire somebody, and you need to be prepared to do that.
Probably the best way to avoid toads is to contact other authors about the people they’ve used. If they were happy, they will give a recommendation.
What say you? What suggestions do you have for keeping a writer happy in business?
More on the business end of writing… this new release from L. Diane Wolfe
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By L. Diane Wolfe
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More About Diane
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association and a motivational speaker. She’s conducted seminars on book publishing and promoting for five years and assisted writers through several author services. Her other titles include “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK!” which ties her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together, and a YA series, “The Circle of Friends.” Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.