Title Reveal: New MG Novel

Title Reveal: New MG Novel

One of the most important tasks when publishing a book is to register it with an ISBN number. Of course, it’s not technically necessary for self-published works. But most indie authors get ISBNs anyway, as they provide a legal paper trail for their book’s...
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...
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...
It’s Starting to Click

It’s Starting to Click

In the past, I have vaunted the importance of catalysts—transformative moments that level up a person’s ability to do things. In chemistry, catalysts are agents of change that shatter the inertness of a stable molecule. The catalyst itself doesn’t...