How Internet Porn Helped Me Land a Literary Agent

“Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?” It’s a question that readers always ask at book signings.

“First book?” I like to fish around for details before offering advice.

“Yes.”

“Don’t tell anyone.”

The problem, as I see it, is there are a million reasons to stop writing. We all suffer from the same mind games at one time or another. People will laugh… I won’t get published… No free time… I could go on. I probably used all the excuses at least once myself.

Check that—all the excuses except for one. I never thought, My book’s not good enough. That’s because I never told anyone I was writing Top Producer. I believed then, and still do now, that secrecy insulated me from disappointment.

Side note to reader: I’m building up to the Internet porn in the title of this post.

Think about what happens when you tell someone, “I’m writing a book.”

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