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Is This Deal Getting Worse All The Time?

Thursday, March 31, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Is This Deal Getting Worse All The Time?

A lot of working writers write without contracts. They write based on the strength of their client relationships. Provided there is never a problem, this is fine. Most of the time, when you meet a writer who prides himself on working without contracts, he’s also never had a client try to sue him, nor... »

Monsters: The Complete 4104 Serial Novel

Friday, February 12, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Monsters: The Complete 4104 Serial Novel

My novel, Monsters, is finally available in both Kindle and paperback formats. The book was completed in 2014, but the usual delays and scheduling conflicts meant that it hasn’t been on the shelves until now. I’m extremely proud of Monsters and believe it to... »

Do You Hate Your Readers Like I Hate Writing about Writing?

Monday, February 8, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Do You Hate Your Readers Like I Hate Writing about Writing?

You are an author with a small but perceptible reader base. One of your readers posts a political opinion with which you disagree. Do you A) ignore it; B) post your opposing opinion; or C) tell the reader you hope his children are raped... »


Are You Competing with Your Fellow Writers or Authors?

Monday, February 1, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Are You Competing with Your Fellow Writers or Authors?

Let me start by saying that I make a distinction between writers — people who make a living by writing for clients — and authors, people who write stories.... »

Every Client is Temporary

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Every Client is Temporary

There are writers, and there are working writers. A working writer is someone who makes his living writing to specification, on contract, by assignment, and so forth. In other... »

Here’s to the Next 527,040 Minutes

Thursday, December 31, 2015
By Phil Elmore
Here’s to the Next 527,040 Minutes

As 2015 comes to a close, I have to say that I’ve learned a lot this year. It wasn’t my best year, but it wasn’t my worst. I had... »