[[caption-width-right:234:The Man.[[note]]Back before his hair went out crimefighting. It has since returned and he looks like that again.[[/note]]]]

->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJDn-ggqOo I don't have a muse. I have a mortgage]].

Jim Butcher is a fantasy author, best known for writing ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' and ''Literature/CodexAlera''. His books are notable for their high levels of [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]], {{Crazy Awesome}}ness, and {{shout out}}s, as well as the frequency of Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]], and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]]. He attended a writing course taught by Creator/DeborahChester, and, in the attempt to prove her wrong, followed her instructions to the letter, which resulted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.

Jim Butcher has also written a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' novel, entitled ''Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours'', and is currently working on a SteamPunk series, ''Literature/TheCinderSpires''.

He is now a big enough name that recommendations from him show up on the covers of other writers' novels, and other writers do [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to him.

You should read his stuff. Yes, that means [[BreakingTheFourthWall you]].
!!Tropes associated with Jim Butcher:

* AchievementsInIgnorance: No publisher in their right mind would buy a twenty book series from an author. It just doesn't happen. Fortunately for all of us, [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Jim didn't know that.]]
* OneOfUs:
** It shouldn't be surprising, but not only was he directly inspired by Star Wars novels as a kid to become a writer, he's also an avid gamer.
** He plays League of Legends most nights and his summoner name for playing with fans is jimbutcherauthor. Feel free to add him.
** He also has a TVTropes account. Yes, he is a troper.
** [[https://twitter.com/longshotauthor/status/481683955931181056 He's also a fan of the]] WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic.
* PyrrhicVictory: He is the "loser" of this situation. When he was on a forum where he got the bet on making a great story based on two bad ideas, he wrote some ideas and basis and realized it was a good concept and one he could get published eventually. So, he told the guy who made the challenge he had one but wouldn't tell it now. So the guy mocked him and said he had nothing. Jim bowed out of the debate. He lost the internet argument and made a best-selling series.
* RunningGag: For several years, someone was bound to bring up the publishing/adaptation rights at every public talk Jim gave, prompting him to quip "My publisher still owns the rights to that for N years and M days... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not that I am counting]]." He has since gotten the rights back, so the gag has been honorably discharged.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Once upon a time, Jim Butcher was the unsuccessful author of High Fantasy novels that was told by the teacher of his writing class that, seeing as he liked Anita Blake and Buffy so much, he should write a novel like those using that teacher's method of book creation.
-->'''Jim Butcher:''' When I finally got tired of arguing with her and decided to write a novel as if I was some kind of [[StrictlyFormula formulaic, genre-writing]] drone, just to prove to her how awful it would be, I wrote the first book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
* WordOfGod: He pops into fan forums (including on this very site) every once in a while to confirm or [[{{Jossed}} joss]] plot points.