I've skimmed over many essential details, of course. Like how my editor and her assistant were incredible, and saved me from myself on many occasions. And how my agent talked me off the ledge of this or that "crisis" a number of times. I definitely could not have done this without their help, and without many others'. And in the end, I walked away from Smartcuts quite satisfied.

If you're a writer, I hope this look behind the scenes helps spark some ideas for your process. If you're just a literary voyeur, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my brain. And if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about Smartcuts or anything related, you can always find me at @shanesnow on Twitter.

To your (rapid) success,