How to Publish a Novel

Step One: Write your book. Step Two: Criticize your book and tell yourself it will never be good enough. Step Three: Fight back the crippling self-doubt, and edit the crap out of your book. Step Four: Publish the book you’ve slaved days, months, years of your...
I’m Done With My Book… So What Now?

I’m Done With My Book… So What Now?

My next book, The Guild Conspiracy, is off to the copy-editor this week, and now that I no longer have any major editing to do on it, I’m in a weird sort of book limbo. I don’t really know what to do with myself. I’m not quite ready to jump into the next thing—or...
Juicing Your Critics

Juicing Your Critics

Criticism is difficult to interpret. In the first place, everyone’s experience of a text is valid. And I don’t mean that in a New Age-y, touchy-feely way. With books, even more than with movies or even comics (although those too), the experience is necessarily...