To quote one of my favorite movies: “You are violating my territorial bubble!”
I’m always telling writers that one of the best things about “going freelance” is getting to be a part of the freelance writing community. In fact, in my monthly column over on A Writer’s Bucket List, I even went so far as to say that it’s a big mistake not to connect with fellow writers. And I meant it.
For the most part, you couldn’t imagine a better group to be in. However, as my business continues to grow in popularity, I’ve also noticed a growth in another area: Off-putting interactions.
Thankfully, very few of the writers who have contacted me have been “crazy” or cruel. Most of the inappropriateness has been well meaning (I think!). But there have been several times recently when I’ve wondered how someone could be so oblivious… And then I realized that maybe it’s because no one has ever officially set the “ground rules” for interacting with fellow writers.
So that’s what I’m going to do now. Continue reading “How NOT to Treat a Fellow Freelance Writer”
Lauren Spear (née Tharp) is the owner and creator of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. She’s written hundreds of bylined posts helping freelance writers to become BETTER freelance writers. Thousands if you count all the articles she’s ghostwritten (but she’s not allowed to talk about most of those).