How Much My Novel Cost Me

Writing my first book got me into debt. To finish the next one, I had to become solvent.

IIt’s hard to write about being broke because brokeness is so relative; “broke” people run the gamut from the trust-funded jerk whose drinks you buy because she’s “so broke right now” to the people who sleep outside the bar where she’s whining. But by summer 2012 I was…