Practical Meerkat’s…

52 Bits of Useful Information for Young (And Old) Writers


In 2011, I was challenged to write a weekly advice column for writers, drawing on my years not only as a writer but as an editor – all the behind-the-scenes things that we learn by experience, often the hard way.  It seemed a useful thing to do – after all, while writing is a craft, publishing is a business.  A smart — successful — writer understands both.

Much to my surprise, “Practical Meerkat” became a popular Friday event at BookView Cafe’s blog.  So popular, that in 2012 we released the ebook edition (cleaned up and updated, with a useful table of contents).

So, for $2.99 you get a year’s worth of first-hand advice from the popular “Practical Meerkat” series, including:

  • Knowing When Not to Complain (and how to do it)
  • Bar Schmoozing with the Big Dogs (even if you don’t drink)
  • Dealing with a Difficult Editor/Agent
  • and 49 more!

DRM-free formats: EPUB, MOBI/Kindle

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(for those who have asked: ‘meerkat’ has been my nickname since … well, since I started in the industry.  And the advice is, indeed, quite practical…)




  1. I’m not saying that buornut isn’t a problem, but I think the two book per year limit isn’t necessarily the buornut point for everyone. From what I understand, Kris and Dean write four or five books per year, under multiple names. We all have different limits, so to peg down a number like two books per year isn’t terribly useful, because everyone’s creative process is different.As for the 100+ books goal, it’s certainly ambitious, but it’s not impossible, at least in genre fiction. Many others have done it, including Dean. I’m only 27, and I’ve written 5 novels already (though one of them is a practice novel, so I’m not sure whether it should count). I think the key is to get in lots of practice, and to keep stretching without beating yourself up. If you don’t think you can do it, you can’t but if you reach for it and give it your best, good things will come even if you don’t manage to achieve your stated goal.

  2. Kris and Dean write many books a year, yes. I’ve done it, too. It’s a survival issue – we need to earn a living. I think you are misunderstanding my point, though, which is the toll writing too much, too fast, takes. Some people write a book every six months. Some need eighteen months. The general average, based on years of watching people, and doing it myself, is two, for maximum competence and minimum exhaustion.

    You’re 27 now. Try maintaining that pace for another decade, and come back to the discussion. You may find your opinion has changed.

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