Mistake Number Five I mistook business relationships for friendships and acted accordingly

My publisher took me out to dinner. Called me up from time to time to chat about the state of publishing. My editor and I went to a Ren Faire together and had various breakfasts and lunches together, and had a great time discussing my books when I sent them in. We played practical jokes on each other. I had fun.

So I thought my publisher, my editor and I were friends. I made business decisions based on a sense of personal loyalty, trusted that my friends would not suggest courses of action that would be bad for my overall career . . . and I got burned.

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