Posts

Showing posts from 2019

ARTICLE: The In-Betweeners by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

Image
ARTICLES

My article "The In-Betweeners: Bridging the Gap Between Middle Grade and YA" is in the January 2020 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Kathryn Miller Haines, Dr. Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, Nick Courage, and Stephanie Keyes.

Here's an excerpt:
Two years ago during the Writing Popular Fiction MFA winter residency at Seton Hill University, a discussion broke out amongst my students in a critique workshop geared toward young adult (YA) writers. They didn't think YA novels were really written for teens anymore, or at least early teens, yet most middle grade (MG) fiction felt as though it belonged more in the chapter book and younger reader category. Much of this concern was prompted by the idea that more adults wee now reading YA than teens were. Just look at the most recent Nielsen studies, which show that at least 80% of worldwide s…

BOOK DEAL: Heidi Ruby Miller to Write for Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe

Image
BOOK DEALS


During the Burroughs panel last month at PulpFest in Pittsburgh, ERB Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey announced that I will be heading the second wave of the brand new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe (ERBU) which is bringing together all of Burroughs's vast properties (including Tarzan and John Carter) like Marvel did with its characters and worlds in the MCU. Specifics about which character I will be taking over are still heavily under wraps but will be revealed when I am introduced to fans on a panel at San Diego Comic Con 2020. I couldn't be more thrilled and honored. Updates to come.


NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Autumn 2019 Vol. 3 - New Book Deal

Image
NEWSLETTERS


The third edition of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel, is in in-boxes now. In case you missed the other editions, you can find them here:
WINTER 2019
SUMMER 2019

We had a busy but happy summer that has brought us lots of good news going into autumn and all the way through next year. Find out about Heidi's big book deal announcement and Jason's readings from PulpFest 2019, as well as our new publications and travels. We'll also announce the winner of our last giveaway and tell you about another one. Plus we still have some events coming up. We would love to see you there!

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.




ARTICLE: Pick Your Punk by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

Image
ARTICLES


My article "Pick Your Punk" is in the October 2019 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from K. Ceres Wright and Shelley Adina about the qualities that make each punk special.

Here's an excerpt:
It all started when Greg Shaw used the term punk in the April 1971 issue of Rolling Stone. The movement may have been already building, but now it was a word, and as all writers know, words are power.

Less than 10 years later, Bruce Bethke introduced a new version of that word to the literary scene with his 1980 short story "Cyberpunk." Said Bethke in the foreword to his story on the British website
infinity plus, "In calling it that, I was actively trying to invent a new term that grokked the juxtaposition of punk attitudes and high technology. My reasons for doing so were purely selfish and market-driven: I wanted to give my story a snappy, one-w…

PUBLICATION: AMBASADORA Marked By Light Lettered Edition

Image
PUBLICATIONS

I am so excited to share this special lettered hardcover edition of AMBASADORA: Marked By Light from Dog Star Books. There are only 26 copies available at $40 each, and they are signed by myself and interior artist Amy Gartley. The cover design is still the lovely one from Brad Sharp.


There are also 8 of those books available in a package with a beautiful and original block print signed by Amy for $50.


You can purchase the books or packages at PulpFest in Pittsburgh August 15-18, 2019, where they will also be signed by Jennifer Barnes who wrote the foreword, or by ordering through me directly at heidirubymiller AT gmail. Below is the unboxing and signing video featuring me, Amy, and two curious cats.



ABOUT AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT
If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting m…

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Summer 2019 Vol. 2 - PBS Documentary

Image
NEWSLETTER


The second edition of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel, is in in-boxes now. In case you missed the first edition, you can find it here:
https://mailchi.mp/a94cd3a7b991/small-space-big-life-winter-2019

We were so busy this spring that we had to skip over that edition so here's everything from over the past few months all at once. Find out how Jason's keynote went at the Pennwriter's Conference, about Heidi's interview on a PBS documentary and her new contracts, as well as where our most recent travels took us. And, as always, check out what we've been reading, a giveaway, and our upcoming events. We'd love to see you at some! There is also a poem from me and a flash piece from Jason. Enjoy.

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

ARTICLE: New Pulp by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

Image
ARTICLES

My article "New Pulp" is in the July 2019 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Matt Betts, Maurice Broaddus, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Chomko, John Edward Lawson, and Lee Murray about the resurgence of this popular fiction genre.

Here's an excerpt:
Pulp fiction is having a moment. And I don’t mean the Tarantino movie from the ‘90s – that was having a moment since Jules gave away his wallet. I’m talking about the adventure stories of old with those provocative covers and dime-store price tags that are enjoying a renaissance thanks to the subgenre “new pulp.”

It’s clear that to understand new pulp, we need to know a little about “old” pulp. The term comes from the paper it was printed on – that cheap, thin stuff that began to disintegrate as soon as you cracked open the cover. Pulp was popular as magazines, novels, and novellas during the first half…

EVENT: RDSP TO CELEBRATE SWEET SIXTEEN AT PULPFEST 2019

Image
EVENTS

FROM THE PULPFEST WEBSITE BY WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD:
PulpFest is proud that over 30 popular fiction writers will be attending our 2019 convention. “Back in the day,” the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing today’s pulp fiction! On Friday, August 16, at 11 AM, join five writers from Raw Dog Screaming Press for a Rapid-Fire Read and Sweet Sixteen Celebration. It will be hosted by publisher Jennifer Barnes. Raw Dog Screaming Press has carved a niche for themselves as the specialty house for offbeat, dark, deviant, thought-provoking fiction. They were the recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction. Their critically acclaimed publications are attracting mainstream attention with Ridley Scott recent…

DOCUMENTARY: Visible on WQED Pittsburgh

Image
DOCUMENTARIES

I was honored to discuss pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn on the documentary VISIBLE produced by Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED. Below are a few photos from the filming and video of the clip about Gloria and the entire documentary, which highlights the stories of five women artists in Pittsburgh. Thanks to Mike Chomko, Director of PulpFest and producers Anne Casper and Andrew Holman for this opportunity to contribute to such a lovely project. You'll notice my segment was filmed at Seton Hill University, of course.




GLORIA STOLL KARN CLIP


FULL DOCUMENTARY

NEWS: Man Of War Available as an E-book and a Paperback Sale

Image
NEWS


Since all the special edition hardcovers of Man of War are almost sold out, Meteor House has the paperback on sale at $5 off for the next two weeks and they've released the e-book on Kindle and Nook!


VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT DOC SAVAGE with Chuck Welch

Image
VIDEOS

I interviewed Chuck Welch at PulpFest in Pittsburgh about why he likes Doc Savage.

EVENT: Pennwriters 2019 Conference Registration Is Open

Image
EVENTS


Registration for the 32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh is now open: http://bit.ly/pennwriters2019.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
JESSICA STRAWSER AND JASON JACK MILLER

Thursday Pre-Conference Intensive Faculty
Timons Esaias - The Crafts of Fiction: The Nuts, the Bolts, and Hoisting the Girders into Place
Deborah Riley-Magnus - Author Marketing Master Class
Coroner Lyell P. Cook - Coroners: Their history, What they do, What they see

Friday Networking Luncheon Speaker
JD Dunbar - Listen for the Lyrics

Friday Published Penns Luncheon Speaker
Siobhan Vivian - Your Next Big Idea: Developing and Heightening the Plot of Your WIP

Agents, Editors, Publisher
Kaitlyn Johnson, agent, Corvisiero Literacy Agency
Amy Bishop, Agent – Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
Bibi Lewis, Agent – Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Danielle Dieterich, Editor – G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press

32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference
Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00…

VIDEO: THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT PULP AUTHORS with Mark Wheatley

Image
VIDEOS

I interviewed award-winning artist Mark Wheatley at Pulpfest in Pittsburgh about pulp authors for my YouTube interview series.



NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Winter 2019 Vol. 1 - Pennwriters Keynote Speaker

Image
NEWSLETTER


Jason and I recently sent out the Winter 2019 edition of our new newsletter because it was time that two became one under Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel. Why? Because who needs double the email to read and because we're co-authoring two new series. It's best we get used to sharing the byline.

We can't say much about those series right now, except that we're excited and busy. In the meantime, find out about Jason's big honor this May, Heidi's new vlog series, and what we've been reading when we're not writing. And check out our events. We'd love to see you some time!

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

VIDEO: Small Space Big Life Year in Review 2018

Image
VIDEOS

Jason put together our Year in Review for 2018. It was a weird one, but we still had lots to celebrate.


EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller Lecture and Reading at Brazosport College

Image
EVENTS

If you're in the Lake Jackson area of Texas on April 1, come and visit us at the Brazosport College Library. We'll be discussing what it's like to collaborate as authors and also reading from our work.
Note: This is not an April Fool's Day joke! :D



NEWS: Christopher Paul Carey New Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Image
NEWS

Congratulations to my dear friend, fellow Seton Hill alum, and exceptional author, Christopher Paul Carey, on his dream position at ERB, Inc. Can't wait to see what new marvels he's going to show us!



Tarzana, CA (February 5, 2019) — Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company that manages and licenses the creative works of novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, including TARZAN OF THE APES® and JOHN CARTER OF MARS®, is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Paul Carey to its executive staff in the role of Director of Publishing, effective February 4, 2019.

Christopher Paul Carey, as the new Director of Publishing, will work closely with Jim Sullos, President, and Cathy Wilbanks, Vice President of Operations, on all aspects of the company’s publishing division, including exciting new initiatives to be announced in the future.

Read more here.

WEBSITE: New Pulp Tales

Image
WEBSITES


I was delighted to see some of the students from my New Pulp class at Seton Hill University created their own project called New Pulp Tales. It offers weekly flash fiction in all the favorite pulp genres. Editors are Jeremiah Dylan Cook, E.C. Skowronski, and Ralph Weld.

VIDEO: Newfoundland Vlog - July 2018 - Day 2 Climbing Gros Morne

Image
VIDEOS

This vlog features our climb up Gros Morne Mountain in western Newfoundland, Canada. The descent is in the next video because it turns out going up wasn't necessarily the hard part.