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Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

Thursday, February 9, 2017
By Phil Elmore
Mean Street Graphix: Dye Sublimation Printing That’s Anything But Mean

“Send me your logo,” Keith Miller of Mean Street Graphix told me. That was it; I didn’t give him any instructions. I simply sent him a high-res version of my Internet Gunslinger logo (which was custom designed for me by John “Johnny Atomic” Jackson). The items you see here were the result. The mug... »

Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

Monday, December 26, 2016
By Phil Elmore
Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

There are any number of reasons some people feel depressed or stressed leading up to and during the holidays. Feeling lonely because they lack family or romantic connections, feeling overwhelmed, feeling financial pressure, or simply feeling left out as the rest of the world seems to be having a wonderful time with friends and... »

What If My Client Sues Me?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
By Phil Elmore
What If My Client Sues Me?

As a working writer, sooner or later, somebody is going to threaten to sue you. This isn’t because you’re a bad person. It isn’t even because you did something wrong. You can do everything right and still end up with an unhappy client. This doesn’t just apply to writers, either. It can affect any... »

If You Can’t Handle Bad Reviews, You’re a Bad Writer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Phil Elmore
If You Can’t Handle Bad Reviews, You’re a Bad Writer

I still remember the first time I got a negative review on one of my works of fiction. It was one of my Executioner novels, so the response was reasonably authentic. There was no reason this reader had to dislike me as a person, nor was the subject matter of my book in any... »

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... »

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 to death by wild dogs?┬áIf you said C, congratulations: You’re... »

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. If you work a job that is not writing in order to support yourself and your family, then you may still be an author (amateur... »

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 words, he or she writes for clients. Most working writers would gladly trade the day-to-day grind of word counts, painful edits, vague outlines, and rougher-than-rough... »

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 a little fun, I spent a lot of time working (and trying to catch up), and I face the new year with a mixture of... »

When Politics Get Personal

Friday, November 13, 2015
By Phil Elmore
When Politics Get Personal

Writers are an expressive lot, and like any group of human beings, they have politics. I am always a little surprised when an action writer is anything other than a conservative or libertarian, to be honest, but I recently found out one of the long-time writers of a series to which we’ve both contributed... »