Her blog is called There are No Rules - and if you're trying to get published, it's a useful blog to track.
Jane is now up to tip number five on How to Sabotage Your Writing Career.
Here's what she says so far:
Sabotage #1: Attempt to get published too soon. Read more.Speaking from experience, sabotaging one's writing career is fairly easy. I think I was a great success at Sabotage #1 in my early days of trying to get published!
Sabotage #2: Look out for yourself too much. Read more.
Sabotage #3: Expect your publisher to market your work. Read more.
Sabotage #4: Treat online and multimedia activities as optional. Read more.
Sabotage #5: Be high maintenance. Read more.
In the spirit of this post, I offer one handy sabotage tip (inspired by Jane's Sabotage #4):
If you're really, really determined to crash your career before it's begun, create an online presence that portrays you as amateur, annoying, boring, terrifying (there are those out there who think networking is equivalent to stalking publishers and agents online!) or ___________ (fill in blank with obnoxious or unattractive trait).By all means, get online - but make sure there is method to your web presence.
I don't think the series is over so be sure to check (or even subscribe!) Jane's blog in the next few days.
Thanks to the Harriet Austin Writers Conference website from which I lifted the above lovely photo of Jane Friedman. The conference is on July 18-19 in Athens, Georgia.