- If you have members who look young, don't assume a mentor-ship role. Remember you don't know this person, you don't know what kind of behavior would offend them. Kiddo, you remind me of my son/daughter, champ, tiger.
(It's condescending, ridiculous and absolutely takes the focus off the most important thing: the work.)
- Poor communication. If you send four, five or six e-mails to one place and you do not get a response chances are you have the wrong e-mail address. Have the wherewithal to figure that out.
- People Work. Some writers actually work. The reason why they joined a writing group is because they can't live off of their work. Allow for the person to have some time before writing nasty e-mails about how unprofessional they are because they didn't answer by the deadline that was created. It's selfish to believe that everyone is just waiting around to answer every little e-mail sent.
- Collaborate don't Dominate. Sorry, just felt the need to rhyme there. I've had someone claim they were collaborating with me, only to change my story completely around. Needless to say I wasn't happy with it. And I know some of you might say that I'm too close to the project; but consider this: It wasn't even the same plot.
- Don't send a million e-mails. There would be no time to write if the members spent all day answering and reading each and every e-mail.