Okay, you might think that I’m simply another second class citizen ‘writer’ that’s weighing in on Donald Maass and his provocative post over at Writer Unboxed. If you haven’t read it, I personally think you should read the version that includes Konrath and Eisler’s take on it and commentary from the indie community.

What I’m actually weighing in on is professionalism.

I’ll keep this short and to the point.

Regardless of profession—it doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer, doctor, psychologist, literary agent, editor, or another lunatic writer—it all boils down to professionalism.

How you treat other people that you’re doing business with matters.

Period. End of story.

If you act like a horse’s ass or say things that sound ridiculous eventually it will come back to bite you.

Speak to people with respect and without labels. That’s classy.

Don’t be a taker trying to make a quick buck off of writers with your how-to books and expensive workshops.

The writing community is a lot smaller than you think. We all talk to one another and the thing about writers is…we know how to read!

If you snub the same people you’re trying to make money off of they’re not going to want to work with you.

And they will walk.