Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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


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 sales for YA novels are by adults for adults.

It was understandable that many of my students are now worried that what they were writing wasn't edgy enough for this new YA trend toward mature readers and wondered if truly age-appropriate fiction, where there was a younger teen protagonist, should actually be geared toward the MG audience. They weren't the only ones concerned.


Monday, December 02, 2019

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


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.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Autumn 2019


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:

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!



Sunday, September 01, 2019

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


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-word title that editors would remember."


Saturday, August 03, 2019

PUBLICATION: AMBASADORA Marked By Light Lettered Edition


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.

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 moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.

Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

Ambasadora has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well.”
—Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

“With an anthropologist’s eye for world building and an engaging fast-paced style, Heidi Ruby Miller hurtles her characters through a dystopian labyrinth in which hollow beauty is revered and love a virtual crime.”
—Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and author of Swords Against the Moon Men

"Talk about an outlaw hero that is larger than life. Talk about a hero who changes worlds."
—Jenna Bennet, NYT Bestselling Author of The Fortune series

“Beautifully vibrant and intricately textured, Heidi Ruby Miller’s Ambasadora explores the value of true humanity, the limitless power of desire and the triumph of the individual soul. Amidst edge-of-the-seat action, Miller effortlessly incorporates the conflicts of the modern woman inherent in upholding feminist sensibility. Ambasadora is a banquet of sumptuous words, a truly exciting adventure that fans of science fiction are sure to enjoy.”
—Mary SanGiovanni, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Hollower series

"Complex world building, complex societal structure, complex technology."
—Jennifer Foehner Wells, author of Fluency

Thursday, June 20, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Summer 2019


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:

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.



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ARTICLE: New Pulp by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer


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 of the 20th century because it was escapist fiction with high drama, exaggerated villains and heroes, and punchy, super-vivid covers. These exploits served as a distraction during world wars, national economic hardships, and the growing pains of settling into a more industrialized world.


Tuesday, May 07, 2019




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 recently optioning one of their titles as a major motion picture for Twentieth Century Fox.
Readings on Friday morning will be given by author/poet Michael A. Arnzen (four-time winner of The Bram Stoker Award); fantasy and science fiction author Carrie Gessner; author and founding editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press John Edward Lawson; novelist and journalist Jason Jack Miller; and Bram Stoker Award-winning poet and novelist Stephanie Wytovich.

On Saturday, August 17, at 11 AM, join six writers from Dog Star Books for a second Rapid-Fire Read for PulpFest. It will be hosted by publisher John Edward Lawson. Dog Star Books is the new Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles. It is the specialty house for edgy, evocative, thought-provoking sci-fi and adventure fiction from new and established authors who shine among the best in their field today.
Readings on Saturday morning will be given by author and poet Matt Betts; editor and author J. L. Gribble; Dog Star Books founder/managing editor and science fiction and thriller author Heidi Ruby Miller; science fiction and urban fantasy author K. W. Taylor; science fiction author and poet Albert Wendland; and science fiction author, editor, and poet K. Ceres Wright.
We’ll also be showcasing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill prior to the Dog Star Celebration. Join Dog Star Books founder and author Heidi Ruby Miller and three writers from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program at 10 AM Saturday morning, August 17th at PulpFest in the convention’s programming hall. Horror and fantasy author Jeremiah Dylan Cook; author and screenwriter E. C. Skowronski,; and horror author, poet, and editor Sara Tantlinger will be reading from their work.
Coffee, tea, and sweets — celebrating sixteen years of high quality Raw Dog fiction — will also be available both days, compliments of the publisher.
PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.
To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(Raw Dog Screaming Press and Dog Star Books banners and logos designed by Jennifer Barnes.)

Monday, May 06, 2019

DOCUMENTARY: Visible on WQED Pittsburgh


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.



Friday, March 22, 2019

EVENT: Pennwriters 2019 Conference Registration Is Open


Registration for the 32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh is now open:


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 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 15108
United States

Conference Coordinators: Pauline Drozeski & Hilary Hauck,

Registration Coordinator: Cathy Seckman,

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Winter 2019


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!



Thursday, February 07, 2019

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


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

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

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


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.

Friday, February 01, 2019

WEBSITE: New Pulp Tales


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.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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


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.