1… Writers, do not say you are going to go trademark your idea or your most recent book. It does not work that way.
2… Writers, do not say you are going to go copyright your most recent story or novel or idea. It does not work that way.
3… Writers, do not think everyone is going to steal your new idea. It does not work that way. (And chances are your wonderful new idea has been done a million times before anyway. However, it will be original if you write it in your voice and don’t rewrite it into pablum. (Definition of pablum is bland or insipid intellectual fare, entertainment…)
4… Writers, do not say you “sold” a story or a novel. You did not. You licensed it, so since you work in language, start being accurate when you can. (This is a hard one to break.)
5… Writers, do not ever, ever, ever “sell” all rights to any thing you have written for any reason. You do that, you have lost control of your own work. That way lies madness.
1… Writers, do learn copyright, follow copyright law because copyright is how you make your money. (Copyright Handbook by Fishman from NoLo Press.)
2… Writers, do learn corporation law and business law and tax law for writers as you can. The more money you can keep as a business, the easier it is to stay in business as a writer.
3… Writers, do learn business corporations as it applies to writers. Don’t trust others to know your business. If you are an “S” corp or a “LLC,” fire your accountant before they cost you even more money and get your corporation to a “C” corp, the only corporation structure that works for freelance writers.
4… Writers, do learn how to balance reading and writing. If you don’t have time for reading, you soon won’t be a writer either.
5… Writers, do learn how to balance health and writing. Can’t begin to tell you how many poor-health close-friend writers I have lost in the last ten years.