Lily While LeFevre has a good post on how silly the "Sign over your rights, and you'll do nothing but write!" argument is. (You know, aside from the fact that people working for traditional publishers spend a hell of a lot of time doing things other than writing. Read this and every other pre-self-publishing blog post by Joe Konrath if you don't believe me.) If you can write nonstop for 12 hours straight and not have it be complete gibberish that you have to throw out the following day, I salute you, but I can't. When I wrote nonfiction for a living, the vast majority of my time was spent conducting research--whenever I worked someplace that paid me by the hour rather than by the job, I was always surprised at how little time I spent actually putting words to paper.