September 2014 Newsletter

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Industry News

Penguin Publishing Group Takes Shape (Publishers Weekly)
100 Books Facebook Users Love (The Atlantic)
John Green, Veronica Roth, George R.R. Martin among top literary earners (Entertainment Weekly)
Sherlock Holmes is really, really in the public domain — really (Los Angeles Times)

New and Upcoming Publications

Jennifer Loring, “Conduits”

Horror writer Jennifer Loring’s novella, Conduits, will be released with DarkFuse in September 2014. Join the main character, Mara, as she is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.

Nicole Taft as Nick Trevano, “Advanae”

Science-fiction writer Nick Trevano’s novel, Advanae, was released in paperback and ebook this September. All humanity hoped to do was explore – now they’re a part of a war they never knew existed.

Joann Crosier as Rachell Nichole, “To Sir”

Romance writer Rachell Nichole’s, newest novel, To Sir, was published by Loose Id on August 26, 2014. When Liz agrees to be his, Chase can’t resist having something under his control when his life falls apart. She only wants to submit part-time, but he doesn’t know if he can accept her limits.

Sherry Peters, “Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf”

Fantasy writer Sherry Peters’s debut novel, Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, was released in August 2014. Join Mabel as she maneuvers through deep family secrets, jealous friends, and her forbidden desire of an elf.

Craft Tips and Tricks

“The first draft of everything is shit.”

-Ernest Hemingway

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (

And for a bit of humor… Book Sniffing by

Featured Blog Post

I write fantasy and I’m worried white privilege will infiltrate my books. Part 1

“…At its core, I am “writing what I know.” But there are issues even with this. You see, I don’t want to contribute to the line of fantasy authors who also wrote what they knew, which ended up being worlds with predominantly white characters based on European, feudalistic history. I don’t want a world where non-white characters are packaged as stereotypes, or thrown in to add an “exotic” flavor to the otherwise same-old, same-old. But it’s been like this in fantasy for a long time, even when there are exceptions to this rule.

I have to be honest and acknowledge this: I come from white privilege…”
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October – Horror and/or Halloween
November –Mystery and/or Turkey
December – Fantasy and/or Winter

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