Turning down work can be a good thing if the price and terms aren’t right.

You, as an author, must know your value in the marketplace even if those around you — like agents and friends and publishers and managers — do not.

If you get a dollar a word for writing an article, do not allow yourself to be lowballed at a dime a word.

You know your bottom line.  You know your ability.  Trust the faith in yourself.  Demand the wages and royalties and stipends you deserve. 

To back down from the needs of the self is to damage the needs and wants of others who hope to walk along down the path of success with you.

Saying “No” to a bad deal can mean a “Yes” to own well-being.