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PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Cary Caffrey

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION My path to publication wasn't so much a path, as much as it was an experiment. Before I ever sat down to (try) and write a novel I was already fascinated with the whole independent/self-publishing movement. I've always been self-employed, and self-published (but only as a songwriter to this point), and I've always had a professional interest in new markets and emerging technologies; in this case, markets and tech like Kindle Direct Publishing. As an avid reader and techno-junkie, I was into eBooks as soon as I got my first iPod. It didn't take long before I started coming across all the self-pubbed books on Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised when I quickly came across several talented, independent writers who were putting out great books and having real success all on their own. I was very impressed with how Amazon had everything set up, with reader reviews and the whole "people who bought this book also bought that book" t

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Katje Van Loon

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX KATJE VAN LOON 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. When I was very very young, my mom and my Oma took me to various places in South East Asia. I remember staying at a hotel called the Ferengi hotel (I'm not sure how it was spelled, but it was definitely pronounced that way) so we called home using silly Ferengi-voices with a fake ransom demand for "two of Starfleet's brightest". I recall jumping up and down on the bed in Hong Kong shouting "WONDERFUL HONG KONG, I LOVE HONG KONG." At some point, we went to see the elephants and got to ride on one's back. When my sandal fell off my foot, the elephant picked it up with his trunk and handed it back to me. There was also a photo op with a snake across our shoulders -- one of those massive boa-types. I remember I wasn't scared at all; all I could focus on was how damn heavy the snake was and how I

NEWS: Deanna Lepsch Joins Dog Star Books Editing Team

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NEWS I want to welcome Seton Hill Writer , IMJ Columnist , and all-around great friend, Deanna Lepsch , to the RDSP editing ranks. We will be working together on the Dog Star Books imprint. Congratulations, Deanna!

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Paul Cude

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX PAUL CUDE    1. Which of your characters is your favorite? The main character in my book Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is Peter Bentwhistle. He is in part based on myself, despite the fact that he's a dragon. More than a little reluctant and carefree, he cares deeply for his friends and always tries to do the right thing in any circumstance. He is slightly naive, maybe because of his dragon nature and the fact that only a few years have passed since he completed his education in the nursery ring, which is a trait that I find endearing in him, but which has a tendency to endanger those around him. We share a love of team sports, in particular hockey, appreciating its ability to help people bond with others, the sheer thrill of helping and/or being helped by a team mate and the fast paced action that you find yourself caught up in. When the moment catches up with him, he overcomes his fear and steps up in a manner that I could only

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS PRETTY GIRL-13 AUTHOR: Liz Coley PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Katherine Tegen Books, 2013 DESCRIPTION: Pretty girl 13 when she went missing LOST to her family to her friends to the world FOUND but still missing her self In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and ultimately empowering page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love. CHARACTERS: Saxon Sharbino as ANGIE (Angela Gracie Chapman) Vanished at 13 and reappeared at 16 with no memory of the lost time. She’s a girl trying to put herself and her life back together when so much has moved on without her. Brighton Sharbino as TATTLETALE One of Angie’s alternate personalities is the child version of herself frozen at age six or seven. She loves horses and the idea of riding.

SFFS: Snippet #7 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: This is my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. The book was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . I've skipped to a section which highlights Evie's synesthesia and her feelings for Nick as he tells his dying mother that his grandfather, her father, was just murdered and that Nick is being accused of the crime. Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 91st birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets abou

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Devil and Preston Black by Jason Jack Miller

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK AUTHOR: JASON JACK MILLER PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS 2012 DESCRIPTION: Preston Black has a nasty habit of falling in love with the wrong type of woman. But girls who don't play nice are the least of his problems. This handsome bar band guitarist isn't washed-up, but he's about to be. He's broke, he's tired of playing covers and he's obsessed with the Curse of 27. He's about to add 'deal with the devil' to his list. Lucky for Preston, he has help. Like the angelic beauty who picks him up when he's down. And the university professor who helps him sort through old Appalachian hexes and curses to find the song that may be his only shot at redemption. And when things get real bad, he has the ghost of John Lennon to remind him that "nothing is real." Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn't

COVER: Odd Men Out by Matt Betts

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COVERS Fighting for survival in a post-Civil War America overrun by zombies, Cyrus and Lucinda join a military group called the Odd Men Out, and together they face a terrorist army from the North in a showdown over a weapon of enormous power. Odd Men Out by Matt Betts Steampunk and Alternate History coming from Dog Star Books in Summer 2013 Cover Art by Bradley Sharp