The Godfather of Bestselling Authors

The Godfather of Bestselling Authors

I know I’ve already talked about David Farland on this blog. Those who know me know that Dave (whose real surname was Wolverton) was my mentor and editor of my first book: Advent 9. What they may not know is that Dave was also the writing teacher of Brandon...
When Books Were Illustrious

When Books Were Illustrious

Once upon a time, illustrations in books—all books—was standard practice. And why wouldn’t it be? Words and pictures go together like ramma-lamma-lamma-ka-dingity-da-dinga-dong. People have paired them for centuries. And as publishing modernized...
Hint #17: Mystify, Don’t Reveal

Hint #17: Mystify, Don’t Reveal

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. No amount of good writing advice can make you a good writer. It’s not the kind of thing that can be formally taught, either. The great writers you seek to...
Where to Get an Editor

Where to Get an Editor

People often ask me this question. And many of them get disappointed by the answer. Most recently, I was asked about it on a podcast. And, unfortunately, this subject doesn’t lend itself to interview questions. It deserves an in-depth exploration. Because every...
Fear and Tremble, for It Is at the Gate

Fear and Tremble, for It Is at the Gate

I am almost done. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m late. I wanted to be done in March. Yet it is safe to say that in the coming week I will win my prize. Seven days from now, I will have done what George R. R. Martin can no longer do: Finish a book. The...