Before I begin, let me just say if you are guilty of any of the below just take this as a tough love blog. 🙂
Do not ask Nora Roberts if you can have some of her fairy dust. It’s hers, she earned it, and it’s rude to ask for some.
When at a social gathering hosted by your publisher (cocktail party, dinner party, or dance) do not ask your editor about back cover blurbs, if she is going to buy your next proposal or why she doesn’t return your emails. Again, while these questions have their place, social gatherings especially in front of others, is not the place to ask. Take a meeting or arrange a time to discuss business.
Do not ask an editor if you can kiss her feet. Do not bow to her. And do not call her Queen. It embarrasses them, it irritates them, and it makes you look like a fool.
Do not tell an editor your gory life story. They are not interested, and it makes you look…pathetic. Do not share feuds or gossip with them. It makes you look…small.
Do not rush up to Sue Grimshaw and introduce yourself while she is involved in another conversation. I think you know why.
Do not take advantage of a drunken author you just met and ask her for pitch advice, beg her to blog or ask her for an ARC.
Do not interrupt an editor during a spotlight with a condescending tone.
Do not throw up on an agent’s brand new shoes (okay, just kidding, I didn’t witness this).
Do not get in an elevator and cut a fart. It smells.
Do not take empty boxes and backpacks to every publisher (free) signing, grab four and five books at a time from each author then go sell them on ebay.
I know there are a few more Don’ts lurking in my memory banks but for now they escape me. How about you? Any pearls to share?