Jim Minz

Jim Minz

Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has been employed in genre publishing for more than two decades, having first worked for Tor for more than a decade, then briefly for Del Rey (SF/F imprint of Random House), until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen.

Over the years, Minz has worked with Catherine Asaro, David B. Coe, Larry Correia, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many, many others. His vices remain SF/F, animation, Wisconsin sports teams, role-playing games, quality beer and booze, and sweets (especially chocolate).

Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor of two anthologies about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Her story “Rainmaker” appears in Lawless Lands, and “Stasis” appears in the benefit anthology Chasing the Light (Roaring Writers Press, 2018). Margaret writes and edits speculative fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; blogs about the journey of writing and publishing at TheMillionWords.net; and spends too much time on Facebook. Her imagination draws on her lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, anthropology, and natural history, as well as her fascination with fiber crafts, photography, and travel. Margaret lives in North Carolina with her daughter, an array of dogs, cats, Macs and PCs, and too many unfinished craft projects. Friend Margaret on Facebook or Goodreads at “Margaret S. McGraw” or follow her on Twitter @MargaretSMcGraw.

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer, editor, and English professor. She is the co-editor of Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier and The Weird Wild West with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw. Her first two novels, Changeling’s Fall and Winter’s Heir, co-written with Sarah Joy Adams will be followed in 2019 with Traitor’s Spring, the third novel in their contemporary fantasy faerie tale series The Eisteddfod Chronicles. Her short story, “Only the Young Die Good,” will appear in Tales from the Old Black Ambulance from Prospective Press in 2019. She is currently working on a new urban fantasy novel about a geriatric attorney set in Raleigh, NC and a historical fantasy novel about Marie de France and Bisclavret. Her scholarship focuses on the connection between Medieval English Romance and the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. She lives in North Carolina with her spouse and their three cats, where they remain stalwart Carolina Hurricanes fans.

Dina Leacock

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has three published books, including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and a new collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side, released in 2018. She is proud to be one of the founding members, as well as past president, of The Garden State Horror Writers and is also past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. Retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she is now co-owner of a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her husband and her new cat on the edge of the Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

A Dragon Award finalist, Chris Kennedy is a science fiction/fantasy/young adult author, speaker, and small-press publisher who has written over twenty books and published more than fifty others. Chris’ stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, stories in the Four Horsemen and In Revolution Born universes and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.

Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations. He is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores, as well as the leadership training book, Leadership from the Darkside.

Chris lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, and is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in both business and public administration. Follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz.

Chris is one of this year’s nominees for a Webster Award for The Golden Horde.

Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur is associate publisher at Falstaff Books, a small press located in Charlotte, NC. She is also the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She is a founding member and the editorial director at Author Essentials, which provides education and services to writers at all stages of the publication process. A graduate of Winthrop University, Melissa has published with Mocha Memoirs Press, Falstaff Books, Lore Seekers Press, and FunDead Publications. Her urban fantasy series, Guardians of Eternity, is upcoming from Falstaff Books.

Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak

Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers and editor of the Erie Tales anthologies. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, Alter Egos Vol 1, Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (a supplement for the Pugmire RPG), and the collaborative steampunk novel Army of Brass. He has served as the Literature Track Head for Penguicon.

Michael’s most recent endeavor is the Dragon’s Roost Press imprint which published it’s first anthology Desolation, 21 Tales for Tails in 2014. Since then the catalog has increased to include short fiction anthologies, novellas, and novels including works by Peggy Christie, Mary Lynne Gibbs, Sarah Hans, and Ken MacGregor.

Urbane Decay, a collection of Michael’s short fiction, was released in 2018 by Source Point Press.

Michael’s mental excreta (including his personal blog They Napalmed My Shrubbery This Morning) can be found online at thedragonsroost.net.

Links:
Dragon’s Roost Press
The Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers

Crimson Streets

Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016–present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard-boiled detectives and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988–1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games. Both enjoy playing “let’s pretend” with their friends via table-top role-playing games, Janet is a fan of mystery and crime novels, whereas Roger is a fan of classic science-fiction and fantasy. They both really enjoy genre movies; the good ones… and the really, really bad ones.

Crimson Streets

Hannah Bauman

Hannah Bauman

Hannah Bauman is an editor and writing coach based in Raleigh, NC. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate work in English with a focus in editing and publishing. She works with indie, traditional, and hybrid authors full-time, and she previously worked as an in-house editor for corporations. When she’s not busy editing and writing, you can find Hannah drinking copious amounts of coffee and playing video games.