The World of Zapatero



Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press

Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right "fit." Of course, that can get... Continue Reading →

I Wear the Black Hat

My review of Chuck Klosterman's latest collection of essays, I Wear the Black Hat, is now up at The New York Journal of Books: I Wear the Black Hat.

Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things... Continue Reading →

Inexplicable Need

In the latest installment of my podcast, "Inexplicable Need: An Interview with Shaun Haurin," I get into a heated discussion with a former student about how to address a former professor and also about the title of one of my... Continue Reading →

Last of the Outtakes

Here's one last passage that didn't make it to the final version of The Grievers. The official publication date is a week from today. Psycho Heading back to my office I ran into a fellow grad student who asked how... Continue Reading →

The Myth of “Breaking In”

A good citizen is someone who makes the conscious decision to be a part of a community -- to engage with a body of individuals who share common values and goals.

Publishing: Adapt or Die – On The Media

In case anyone missed it, On the Media did a great episode on the publishing industry this week. Among the topics covered are the tension between and the publishing industry, how publishing and reading are changing, the lack of... Continue Reading →

Using the Elevator Pitch for Editing

The elevator pitch can be more than a marketing tool. In fact, it can be the star that guides you through the countless rounds of revision you do before the manuscript goes in front of an agent or editor -- and the countless more you'll do ​after​ it's been accepted for publication.

He Walked the Halls

Technically, Buddy should have flunked out by the end of his first semester, but the constant stream of cash flowing from his family was enough to make everyone look the other way whenever he set fire to the chemistry lab or ran naked through the gymnasium because the other guys stole his gym shorts.

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