Former Boot Campers Published
"Boot camp turned everything around for me," says John Brown, who just
received a very nice, three-book deal from Tor. His debut as a novelist includes
the forthcoming epic fantasies from Tor: Servant of a Dark God, Curse of a Dark
God, and Dark God's Glory. The first in the series should appear in the summer
During the 2002 boot camp, Brown learned a number of critical things about the
creative process that had eluded him for years. On the last day of the boot camp,
he made a goal to finish a number of novels in 5 years and sell one of them. Before
the boot camp he couldn't finish anything. Afterwards Brown consistently
produced and 5½ years later made his sale.
Says Brown, "Scott Card will deny playing any role in what I learned, but that's
only to keep his head from growing so large he can't walk straight. The fact is, the
boot camp employed a number of critical principles that maximize learning. Yes, it
was the right time for me to learn what I needed to. But it wouldn't have happened
without Scott's excellent instruction and facilitation of the workshop."
You can read more about Brown's breaking-in story and be updated on his novels