The Critic (Part One of Many)

Friend: Your book isn’t selling because it’s got a gay guy in it. Nobody’s going to read a book about a gay magician. Me: Sold over 50 copies last month … (Thanks to @warwriter for this one.)...

Lost in the Details, Not the Story

Email from acquaintance: I loved your book. Here’s a few things I found while reading it. (attaches 2+ pages of minor typos and misguided punctuation advice)...

Free Speech, Apparently

Acquaintance: Is that your book? Me: Yes. Acquaintance: Neat! Can I get a free copy?...

Write what you are. NOT.

“You’re a girl. You can’t write a first-person guy’s point of view.” I might not be a guy, but I know enough of them to know the stereotype. Sports analogies. Military jargon. Action-adventure movies. Things that go kaboom. My men are deeper than that. And women (and queers) love...

It’s All Relative (Sort Of)

Me: Did you get chance to buy my book yet? Long-Time Professional Acquaintance: Not yet. But you totally need to buy this one! The cover was done by a friend of my daughter....

Ideas Truly Are a Dime a Dozen?

Husband of Friend: So what’s your book about? Me: (gives elevator pitch) Husband of Friend: That sounds familiar. Didn’t Star Trek do that?...