When I started writing novels, I had no intention of conducting research on the book industry. Like many authors, I found myself turning to writing during an emotionally difficult period in my life. Unlike my rigorous and exacting research work, fiction writing gave me an amazing sense of freedom and creativity. I didn’t have to struggle with the complexities of analyzing data. I didn’t need any interview subjects or survey respondents. I didn’t have to spend hours pouring through archives and documenting sources. I could make it all up, say whatever I wanted. My first novel poured out of me in a cathartic rush. I read it over, decided it wasn’t bad, and thought as many new writers do, Wow, maybe I could make some money at this.