"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.

"But Aren’t Book Bans Kind of Helpful?"

Book bans aren’t really extra publicity. Or maybe, at best, they’re neutral extra publicity. As in, publicity that doesn’t do anything. People are talking about the book, people are angry about the book ban, but it’s not improving sales, nor is it reversing the ban.