Ten Things about being a Writer for Hire:
1. You finally get a starred review from a rag that has done nothing but trash the other books you write under your public name, but you can't tell anyone.
2. A former client will have another WFH use one of your pitches, altered just enough to prevent paying you a kill free.
3. Your fan mail is opened, read, and occasionally tossed out by your publisher.
4. Your contract reads like the NSA wrote it, with a little help from the CIA.
5. Your e-mail answers to an interview have to be approved by your editor/publicist. Your answers are edited or rewritten in such a way that you now sound like a beaming moron.
6. Your public-name readers beg for your WFH titles. A lot.
7. You audition over and over and over and over and over and OVER...
8. After a week of working together, you suddenly discover that your client should be in therapy, a detox program, or The Lunatics Hall of Fame.
9. You are passionate about your WFH work, and give it everything you've got, but at best you are sneered at as a sell-out.
10. You fall in love with a character from your WFH project, but when the job is over, you can never write about him or her again.
It's that time again: any questions out there?