I’ve published a decent novel. Should I be proud?

Can I confess something?

Broken Glassthis story I’ve unleashed on the world, published on Amazon—is not great. It’s not bad. It’s good enough.

Ayn Rand would be furious. (Perhaps that’s why I did it.)

I finished the first draft of Broken Glass shortly after turning 19. In a time of heartbreak and struggle, the book was my escape. It was typed during graveyard shifts and backstage at a community theater. It was a work, not of genius, but of desperation.


Please, Judge This Book By Its Cover (Take 2)

I recently shared an earlier version of my book cover for Broken Glass. Here’s take two. (Okay, take 25, technically.)

Broken Glass cover (v. 25)

Please do leave your thoughts in the comments, below.

Write on,


Please, Judge This Book By Its Cover

I’m looking for opinions on the cover for Broken Glass, the novel I’ll be self-publishing for Kindle in the coming weeks. (I promise, more posts on that soon.) I would love any opinions, insights, or incantations.

What you’re seeing here is 20 iterations in. That said, it’s still not my final draft. Feel free to be brutally honest.

Broken Glass book cover - draft 20

Just leave your thoughts in the comments, below.

And by the way—I know I’ve promised you a bunch of exercises and lessons on metaphors. Those are coming! I’ve actually written about 7 pages, and I’m currently in the process of trimming them down for your viewing pleasure.

Write on,