Thirty years ago I decided to write a novel. Six years later, when “The Pardon” finally hit bookstores—you remember bookstores, bricks, mortar, sales people who actually know how to read—there was one question my lawyer friends couldn’t help but ask: “Are you going to keep practicing law?” I told them I saw no reason to quit, to which the typical response was something along the lines of “Gee, I’m really sorry, I hope your next book does better.”
Twenty-six novels later, the question is not why but how do I do both. A dual career has gotten easier to manage over the years, due in no small measure to changes in the legal profession. “Flex time” and “telecommuting” were unheard of when I wrote my first novel. Changing attitudes and better technology, however, are not the entirety of it. I don’t have all the answers, but this article offers some guidance to any lawyer whose goal is not just to write but to create published works that will appeal to a mainstream market and actually sell to readers outside the immediate family.
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