Backfill – A Zine About the Making of a Novel

This is a zine about the making of a novel. It’s one relatively inexperienced writer’s process and learning by doing. Writing a novel is hard enough, publishing one can be even harder. A trip to the ER and right place, right time coincidence led to a publishing contract. And that was just the start. Despite 20+ years in the publishing industry, every day was a learning experience.

If you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at publishing or somehow know me, this zine might be for you. Otherwise, it might be kind of tedious. You’ve been warned.

Why Did I Write a Novel?
How Did I Write a Novel?
Why Lorida?
My Sexuality Might Be a Well-Formatted Excel Document
I’m Gonna Be (500 Words)
Michael Connelly Saved My Life
“Do you mean Lorida?”
Done, but Nowhere Near Finished
Worst Pitch Ever
Developing the Characters, Developing the Writer
The Making of a Pub Date
The Dreaded Author Photo
The Cover
Three-Figure Advance
Hiring a Publicist, Twice
Too Much Information*
On Zoom, No One Can See My Shoes
Ways You Can Help Support Sinkhole
Would I Do This Again?
Sinkhole Trivia
Bonus Story…Some Woman Tried to Trademark the Word
“Hon” and as a Result, I Died

$3 or $1 with proof of purchase of Sinkhole (+s/h)
To buy a copy of Sinkhole and/or Backfill, you can use the PayPal link on my other website.