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Dealing with Piracy

Whenever I hear a recently-successful author say of their book’s achievement, “I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen,” I think one of two things: They’re lying for the sake of humility or Their dreams are rather bland. As someone who relies on their imagination for a living, I think it’s typically door…

On Behalf of “Literally”

You either are a “literally” abuser or know of one. If you’re anything like me, hearing the word “literally” used incorrectly causes a little piece of your soul to whither and die. Of course I do not mean that literally, I mean that figuratively. An abuser would have said: “Every time a person uses that…

Overcoming the Self-Publishing Stigma

You want to self-publish but there’s still a stigma attached to it. You know it’s there. There’s glory in publishing the traditional way, getting your book chosen for publication. When you self-publish you may get an eyebrow raise, but probably not for a good reason. So, can the stigma be defeated?   Like what you…

The Power of Limitations: Rules of Psychokinesis

Imagination has no limits; physics does. In my novel, Jaden Baker, the title character can move things with his mind. Before I wrote the story from start to finish, I studied this ability, its strengths, its weaknesses, and most of all, its limitations. If a character could move something with his mind, what laws did…

Writing from Experience?

A tough one to answer. If you’ve read the book and you know me first hand, it’s obvious I’ve experienced virtually nothing in my novel–a good thing. So to say one should “write from experience” is kind of ridiculous. If we’re all supposed to draw from our experiences, then what’s an imagination for? Imagine someone asking J.K. Rowling…

The Error Game

Today I got a message from a Jaden Baker reader, informing me of two errors in my book (he’d read at least 31 chapters). Neither fluke was terribly egregious, but it was still annoying, considering I have approved the book for printing. But then I reminded myself that I have rarely read a book without…

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