What NOT To Blog About

Tape over mouthYesterday on the blog, we discussed online presence, and what our social media activity tells the world about us. Today I want to get a little more specific and highlight a few online no-nos. It can be easy to fall into a “letting it all hang out” mindset with blogging and social media, but from a professional standpoint, you can’t afford major missteps in your online persona. The trick is to be a real person without over-sharing.

As an author, there are specific things you should avoid in your blogging, Tweeting or Facebooking. Here are some of them:

♦ Contract provisions

This one seems obvious, but many authors don’t realize how many things are covered in their contract and hence are subject to the contract’s confidentiality clause. Any of the following are typically off-limits for discussion (public or otherwise) unless you have your publisher’s permission to disclose.

Click here to read the entire post on the Books & Such blog.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. John Spencer on March 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    This is good information. You have to be careful about giving away too much about your personal life also. Keep a slight distance for safety.

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  5. Julie Luek on November 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Good to remember. Along with that, seems wise not to bash or complain or be negative about anything to do with your publishing process. Just rejoice.