Picking a Fight with a Barrel of Ink

As I become more and more involved in the world of self-publishing, I’m learning that there is so much more to it than simply writing and publishing.

This excellent post from Pete Morin tells a cautionary tale that every new author should read.

Pete Morin

[Note: the following facts are true. They can be verified through the various court filings and decisions on file here and here at Citizens Media Law Center.]

Early in my short political career, I learned an old adage known to politicians around the world and attributed to many: never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. The meaning is plain enough, and the advice is indelibly sound: do not start a fight with the press.

I must confess that I did not heed that advice, although not out of courage as much as a lack of fear in the consequences. I was only going to serve for a few years anyway, so how much damage could they do? It was a liberating thing, knowing I could speak frankly to reporters and editors. And boy, did I.

This strategy cannot easily be translated to an…

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Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

4 thoughts on “Picking a Fight with a Barrel of Ink”

  1. Hey AJ, glad you found this amusing – and yeah, it is a cautionary tale, although I’m quite confident NONE of your followers are as nutty at Mr. Hammer.


    1. Thanks for writing it, Pete. As a new author, it’s not always easy to know which advice to follow. I got some great advice in the KDP forums when I asked about responding to a 1-star review, and I am so glad I listened. It could be so easy to get caught up in the drama like Hammer, or like that poor, stupid kid that called a reviewer at home.


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