"Is the Third Book Phenomenon Real?"

Regardless of how true this phenomenon is or not, the concept of the junior novel nonetheless has a strong message: That a career in writing requires that you keep writing. Instant or overnight success is not an appropriate dream to chase, neither for reality nor for our own wellbeing.

"How Can I Learn to Read as Much as Other People?"

I used to read too fast so I could earn as many free personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut as I could. But as soon as I’d aged out of free pizza—the cruelest rite of passage ever—I calmed my cheese-drunk ass down and returned to reading like a human.

"What Can I Expect from an Agent?"

Agents are often overworked, underpaid, and have full lives outside of their jobs. I think writers sometimes have unrealistic expectations because of one of my favorite things in the world: inaccurate movie portrayals of a writer’s life.