Hillary Johnson

Writer, Editor, Publisher, Designer.


How to Write a (Real) Book

You probably want to—and you probably shouldn’t—but if you must…


Write an outline, then stick it away where you can’t see it. The…


How to Make Coffee Before You’ve Had Coffee

Ristretto Roasters’s ‘Spectacularly Simple Guide to Brewing at Home’


The Lost Art of Disagreement

How collaborations, and friendships, can benefit from a little courage


JK Rowling Holds a Mirror Up to Publishing

Books are selling better than ever. So why are publishers so scared?

Publications edited by Hillary Johnson

For those of us who consider fashion a language—or at least a form of communication.

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Giant in Heels

Our literary landscape is littered with the remains of writers whose careers as reporters, memoirists and even novelists have proven to be fabricated. Is it ever okay for a writer to tell a lie?


The Cat Hater’s Handbook

How to Co-Exist With Your Significant Other’s Significant Other


If you are reading this, you probably already know what happens to…


Inventing Dad

On growing up with a serial entrepreneur


My father, Morgan Johnson, has all the elements of the wildly successful entrepreneur: a concoction of…


How To Be an Accidental Pornographer

Sex and terms of service, and why you should care


A couple of months ago my publishing company, Dymaxicon, inked a deal…


How to Write a (Real) Book

You probably want to—and you probably shouldn’t—but if you must…


Write an outline, then stick it away where you can’t see it. The…


The most beautiful inventor in the world

The actress Hedy Lamarr was once widely considered the most beautiful girl in the world — did she also invent wifi and cell…


The Introvert as Huckster

Social media survival skills for the disinclined


I got into publishing because I was tired of the way I was being published. I didn’t…


I Am Not a Middle-Aged Male Masochist

But I wrote a novel about one once, and it landed me in a heap of trouble