Career Damage Control: Lessons for Writers and Entrepreneurs, Courtesy of Charlie Sheen - Page 2
3. Never bite the hand that feeds you. For writers this means being professional with publishers and being accountable to our readers and people who purchase our products. Don’t cheat them by giving less than your best.
4. Recognize that even “divas” can be dismissed! Even though Charlie was no doubt a huge money-maker for the network that employed him, he perhaps thought that he was indispensable, as evidenced by his words and actions. Bad move. Be careful not to be more trouble than you’re worth.
5. When you make a mistake, own up to it, ask forgiveness, then move forward. It happens to the best of us. You misspell an editor’s name. Or you get a fact wrong in an interview, or your simultaneous submission gets accepted by two different editors simultaneously. Ouch. Fess up and find a way to prevent your faux pas from happening again.
6. Controversy sells, but balance is crucial. In fact, too much can peg you as a bitter grape, a loose cannon, or a creative who’s out of control. Keep this in mind as you create content and craft your career.
Follow these six sage tips to protect your bottom line and to enjoy encore performances with publishers and fans.