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Harrison Demchick

Harrison Demchick - Editor

Baltimore, MD

The world's most thorough content editor. Expert in fiction and memoir. More than 60 books and 50 authors guided toward publication.

Overview

Harrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than 60 published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. An expert in manuscripts as diverse as young adult, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, literary fiction, women's fiction, memoir, and everything in-between, Harrison is known for quite possibly the most detailed and informative editorial letters in the industry--if not the entire universe.

Harrison operates under the principle that it's not enough to tell you what isn't working. You also need to know what is working, so you know what you're doing well. And when it comes to what isn't, you need to know exactly why and, most importantly, how you can make it better.

Aside from his editing work, Harrison is also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012).

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Fantasy Horror Humor & Comedy Literature Plays & Screenplays Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • BA in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Oberlin College

Awards

  • Baltimore Screenwriters Competition (First Place)

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Freelance Editorial Boutique

March, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

Developmental editor handling all fiction and memoir for a prominent freelance editorial boutique representing a collective quarter-century of traditional publishing experience. We operate under the principle that every edit is not just an opportunity to improve your work, but also to provide you a personalized, one-on-one lesson in writing, with your manuscript as the example.

Most importantly, it's our job to help you attain your vision.

Really Good Editor

Really Good Editing

June, 2011 – April, 2012 (10 months)

Developmental freelance editor. 

Deputy Publisher

Bancroft Press

June, 2005 – February, 2014 (over 8 years)

Editing. Marketing. Distribution. Screenwriting. Absolutely everything involved with small press traditional publishing, and then some.

Portfolio (63 selected works)

Under a Cloud of Rain: A Nick Noelle Mystery

A.R. Baumann

Nick Noelle, a salt-of-the-earth, Creole-born detective, has always been his own man, playing by his own rules. When police discover that the mutilated victim found in the swampy bayou is the body of Julia Brunswick, daughter of the richest oilman in Texas, Noelle and his god-fearing partner Juan Lopez are put on the case. The story twists and turns, entrapping readers in the drama of Houston ... read more

Nick Noelle, a salt-of-the-earth, Creole-born detective, has always been his own man, playing by his own rules. When police discover that the mutilated victim found in the swampy bayou is the body of Julia Brunswick, daughter of the richest oilman in Texas, Noelle and his god-fearing partner Juan Lopez are put on the case. The story twists and turns, entrapping readers in the drama of Houston ... read more

Miss Fortune

Albina Hume

"Who would think that my inability to pronounce the letter R would turn my life upside down and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa?" Albina Hume is often asked the same question - how did she meet her South African husband John, a property developer and a rhino breeder, who is 36 years her senior? She has always kept her response simple. Until now ... Her childhood fear that no one in Ukrain... read more

"Who would think that my inability to pronounce the letter R would turn my life upside down and lead me from Ukraine to South Africa?" Albina Hume is often asked the same question - how did she meet her South African husband John, a property developer and a rhino breeder, who is 36 years her senior? She has always kept her response simple. Until now ... Her childhood fear that no one in Ukrain... read more

Gedlund: A Tale of the Verin Empire (Tales of the Verin Empire Book 1)

William Ray

To the north sits Thyesten, the ancient Lich King of Gedlund. He has banished death, and for countless centuries ruled a land where ghosts, vampires, and other wicked undead keep men in feudal servitude. Elsewhere in the world, human civilization has flourished, and with rifle and iron rail, the power of the Elves has been banished at last. Foremost among the great modern nations is the Verin ... read more

To the north sits Thyesten, the ancient Lich King of Gedlund. He has banished death, and for countless centuries ruled a land where ghosts, vampires, and other wicked undead keep men in feudal servitude. Elsewhere in the world, human civilization has flourished, and with rifle and iron rail, the power of the Elves has been banished at last. Foremost among the great modern nations is the Verin ... read more

Purple Jesus

Ron Cooper

When Purvis Driggers, a South Carolina Low Country loser with little judgment and even less chance for a decent life beyond his parents' house, home town, and whatever part-time work he can scrounge up, seeks to rob an old man of the rumored millions hidden in his house and fails, he's drawn to the sound of music across the creek. There, he discovers a beautiful woman in a white gown being bap... read more

When Purvis Driggers, a South Carolina Low Country loser with little judgment and even less chance for a decent life beyond his parents' house, home town, and whatever part-time work he can scrounge up, seeks to rob an old man of the rumored millions hidden in his house and fails, he's drawn to the sound of music across the creek. There, he discovers a beautiful woman in a white gown being bap... read more

Hume's Fork

Ron Cooper

Barely adequate philosophy professor Legare Hume has a mind-body problem. No matter how far he goes, no matter how hard he thinks, he can't escape the world he lives in. On the run from his wife Tally, Legare joins brilliant but exceptionally awkward colleague Saul Grossman to attend the American Philosophical Association's Charleston, South Carolina, conference, where worlds and walks of life... read more

Barely adequate philosophy professor Legare Hume has a mind-body problem. No matter how far he goes, no matter how hard he thinks, he can't escape the world he lives in. On the run from his wife Tally, Legare joins brilliant but exceptionally awkward colleague Saul Grossman to attend the American Philosophical Association's Charleston, South Carolina, conference, where worlds and walks of life... read more

The Samaritan

Stephen Besecker

After a youth marked by the death of his parents and a childhood spent with his shaman grandfather on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Kevin “Hatch” Easter has found a job he believes in—tracker for the CIA—and a wife, Karen, he cherishes. But his life is shattered on a hot August night in New York City when a mob collection gone wrong leaves three people dead, Karen Easter among them.Just ... read more

After a youth marked by the death of his parents and a childhood spent with his shaman grandfather on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Kevin “Hatch” Easter has found a job he believes in—tracker for the CIA—and a wife, Karen, he cherishes. But his life is shattered on a hot August night in New York City when a mob collection gone wrong leaves three people dead, Karen Easter among them.Just ... read more

Renhala

Amy Joy Lutchen

Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe. A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey... read more

Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe. A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey... read more

The Understory

Elizabeth Leiknes

Story Easton knows the first line of every book, but never the last. She never cries, but she fakes it beautifully. And at night, she escapes from the failure of her own life by breaking into the homes of others, and feeling, for a short while, like a different, better person. But one night, as an uninvited guest in someone’s empty room, she discovers a story sadder than her own: a boy named C... read more

Story Easton knows the first line of every book, but never the last. She never cries, but she fakes it beautifully. And at night, she escapes from the failure of her own life by breaking into the homes of others, and feeling, for a short while, like a different, better person. But one night, as an uninvited guest in someone’s empty room, she discovers a story sadder than her own: a boy named C... read more

The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black (The Young Inventors Guild)

Eden Unger Bowditch

In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children of the world's most important scientists, went about their lives and their work as they always had. But all that changed the day the men in black arrived. They arrived to take twelve-year-old Jasper Modest and his six-year-old sister, Lucy he with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory from their London, England home... read more

In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children of the world's most important scientists, went about their lives and their work as they always had. But all that changed the day the men in black arrived. They arrived to take twelve-year-old Jasper Modest and his six-year-old sister, Lucy he with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory from their London, England home... read more

The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black (The Young Inventors Guild)

Eden Unger Bowditch

It has been mere days since the brilliant children of the Young Inventors Guild escaped from the clutches of the horrible Komar Romak. They've escaped with their lovely and caring schoolteacher, Miss Brett; with their long-absent parents; and with their bizarre captors, protectors, or both—the mysterious men in black. And now they travel by train, destined for parts unknown. As they inch towar... read more

It has been mere days since the brilliant children of the Young Inventors Guild escaped from the clutches of the horrible Komar Romak. They've escaped with their lovely and caring schoolteacher, Miss Brett; with their long-absent parents; and with their bizarre captors, protectors, or both—the mysterious men in black. And now they travel by train, destined for parts unknown. As they inch towar... read more

The Listeners

Harrison Demchick

Before the plague, and the quarantine, fourteen-year-old Daniel Raymond had only heard of the Listeners. They were a gang, or at least that's what his best friend Katie's police officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters--deadly men clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears. That's what Daniel had heard. But he didn't know. He didn't know much in those early ... read more

Before the plague, and the quarantine, fourteen-year-old Daniel Raymond had only heard of the Listeners. They were a gang, or at least that's what his best friend Katie's police officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters--deadly men clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears. That's what Daniel had heard. But he didn't know. He didn't know much in those early ... read more

The Naperville White House: How One Man's Fantasy Changed Government's Reality

Jerome Bartels

Not just the United States, but the entire world, remembers that fateful November day back in 2018 when Al Qaeda terrorists held the entire nation hostage in exchange for the public disclosure of an anti-terrorist bio-weapon that may not have even existed. In that darkest hour, salvation came not from the United States government, but from fantasy government, a cabinet of independent thinkers ... read more

Not just the United States, but the entire world, remembers that fateful November day back in 2018 when Al Qaeda terrorists held the entire nation hostage in exchange for the public disclosure of an anti-terrorist bio-weapon that may not have even existed. In that darkest hour, salvation came not from the United States government, but from fantasy government, a cabinet of independent thinkers ... read more

Mia the Magnificent (Mia Fullerton)

Eileen Boggess

After one summer at the Little Tykes Theatre, Mia Fullerton is meek no more, but that doesn't make her life any easier—not in her sophomore year at St. Hilary's, when her best friend Lisa forces her into a dangerously big part in The Music Man. Not when her ex-boyfriend, Tim, is teaching his little brother Chris to treat women like objects. And not when she learns to drive—with serious repercu... read more

After one summer at the Little Tykes Theatre, Mia Fullerton is meek no more, but that doesn't make her life any easier—not in her sophomore year at St. Hilary's, when her best friend Lisa forces her into a dangerously big part in The Music Man. Not when her ex-boyfriend, Tim, is teaching his little brother Chris to treat women like objects. And not when she learns to drive—with serious repercu... read more

Mia the Melodramatic (Mia Fullerton)

Eileen Boggess

Summer has finally arrived, but Mia Fullerton doesn't have much to celebrate. Her best friend, Lisa, is spending the summer at a Mensa camp, and her boyfriend, Tim, will be at his grandparents' house in Maine. So, stuck with a choice of spending the next two months hanging out with her younger brother, Chris, who has declared a prank war on her, or taking a job on the stage crew at a local chi... read more

Summer has finally arrived, but Mia Fullerton doesn't have much to celebrate. Her best friend, Lisa, is spending the summer at a Mensa camp, and her boyfriend, Tim, will be at his grandparents' house in Maine. So, stuck with a choice of spending the next two months hanging out with her younger brother, Chris, who has declared a prank war on her, or taking a job on the stage crew at a local chi... read more

Jackie O: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Alma H. Bond

Jackie O: On the Couch is the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she might have written it. This is not just another biography. For the first time, Jackie O: On the Couch highlights Jackie's life from her own perspective, as imagined by author Dr. Alma Bond, a psychoanalyst and long-time student of Jackie lore. The facts are all historically correct, as are the ideas, the Washington intrigue a... read more

Jackie O: On the Couch is the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she might have written it. This is not just another biography. For the first time, Jackie O: On the Couch highlights Jackie's life from her own perspective, as imagined by author Dr. Alma Bond, a psychoanalyst and long-time student of Jackie lore. The facts are all historically correct, as are the ideas, the Washington intrigue a... read more

Lady Macbeth: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Lady Macbeth

Alma H. Bond

Scholars, professors, and historians have wondered for centuries how and why Lady Macbeth, the beautiful, beloved wife of a nobleman, had to encourage--nay, push--her husband, Prince Macbeth, to commit the ghastly crime of killing the king. The great Sigmund Freud himself said that nobody knows why the Lady did so. Dr. Alma Bond spent many years searching for the reason. Read Lady Macbeth: On ... read more

Scholars, professors, and historians have wondered for centuries how and why Lady Macbeth, the beautiful, beloved wife of a nobleman, had to encourage--nay, push--her husband, Prince Macbeth, to commit the ghastly crime of killing the king. The great Sigmund Freud himself said that nobody knows why the Lady did so. Dr. Alma Bond spent many years searching for the reason. Read Lady Macbeth: On ... read more

Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Marilyn Monroe

Alma H. Bond

With so much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, it’s amazing to consider how much we still don’t know. On the screen she was iconic, radiant, and yet her talent so rarely earned her respect. In life she was intelligent, brilliant, and yet regarded as little more than Hollywood’s blonde bombshell. But who was the real Marilyn Monroe, beyond the hit films and the headlines?... read more

With so much written, rumored, told, and retold about Marilyn Monroe, it’s amazing to consider how much we still don’t know. On the screen she was iconic, radiant, and yet her talent so rarely earned her respect. In life she was intelligent, brilliant, and yet regarded as little more than Hollywood’s blonde bombshell. But who was the real Marilyn Monroe, beyond the hit films and the headlines?... read more

Three of A Kind: Playing The Cards You've Been Dealt Trilogy - The Cane Family's Hand

Peter C. BonSey

An eleven year old son of an Essex County village working class family changes the destiny of the Cane family. The familys mantra of living your life by playing the cards that you have been dealt, never loses its influence on him. Pre-Victorian values, and societys morays influence how our victim plays his life situations, without indulging in self pity. Rural wits are pitted against street sm... read more

An eleven year old son of an Essex County village working class family changes the destiny of the Cane family. The familys mantra of living your life by playing the cards that you have been dealt, never loses its influence on him. Pre-Victorian values, and societys morays influence how our victim plays his life situations, without indulging in self pity. Rural wits are pitted against street sm... read more

A Royal Flush: Playing The Cards You've Been Dealt Trilogy - The St.John-Brown Familys Hand

Peter C. BonSey

Sir William never dealt with the little people. While they sold basics like food and clothing, through the Royal Shipping Line, he sold silks, gold, spices, oriental rugs, and Persian carpets, fetching more money per item than his tenants earned in a year. Little people were just that, little people, with little thinking and little doing, of little worth. They were worth, to be exact, little o... read more

Sir William never dealt with the little people. While they sold basics like food and clothing, through the Royal Shipping Line, he sold silks, gold, spices, oriental rugs, and Persian carpets, fetching more money per item than his tenants earned in a year. Little people were just that, little people, with little thinking and little doing, of little worth. They were worth, to be exact, little o... read more

False Gods

L.R. Trovillion

They say there’s no harm in trying. Or is there? Cory Iverson has her sights set on riding in the prestigious Washington International Horse Show—a tall order for even the most experienced competitors. Problem is, she doesn’t even own a horse. But there’s an even bigger problem: she’s a quitter. Not a casual quitter, but a hard-core, serial, when-the-going-gets-tough quitter. This all starts t... read more

They say there’s no harm in trying. Or is there? Cory Iverson has her sights set on riding in the prestigious Washington International Horse Show—a tall order for even the most experienced competitors. Problem is, she doesn’t even own a horse. But there’s an even bigger problem: she’s a quitter. Not a casual quitter, but a hard-core, serial, when-the-going-gets-tough quitter. This all starts t... read more

Now Who's The Joker

Peter C. BonSey

Takes up the intertwined lives of two families from opposite ends of mid 1800s English social strata as progressive attitudes and morals insert a wedge through which the protagonist manages to tear down those that he blames for his situation. Can the ironic ending solve this twisted sagas web of deceit. You be the judge.

Takes up the intertwined lives of two families from opposite ends of mid 1800s English social strata as progressive attitudes and morals insert a wedge through which the protagonist manages to tear down those that he blames for his situation. Can the ironic ending solve this twisted sagas web of deceit. You be the judge.

War of the Fae: Book 1, The Changelings (Volume 1)

Elle Casey

Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as t... read more

Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as t... read more

A Northern Thunder

Andy Harp

North Korea, a Communist nation in desperate financial straits, concentrates its military resources on a scientist bent on swiftly creating missile technology that can: a) take out other countries satellites in space; b) disseminate nuclear payloads to all parts of the earth, thus giving it the power to extort trillions from the rest of the world; and c) be sold to terrorists and rogue nations... read more

North Korea, a Communist nation in desperate financial straits, concentrates its military resources on a scientist bent on swiftly creating missile technology that can: a) take out other countries satellites in space; b) disseminate nuclear payloads to all parts of the earth, thus giving it the power to extort trillions from the rest of the world; and c) be sold to terrorists and rogue nations... read more

Contract City

Mark Falkin

The year is 2021 and the money is still green. The fully privatized city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is home to Sara Paige Christie, a teenage girl with her heart set on a film career in Los Angeles and her camera trained on the graffiti-covered walls of the city’s outskirts. In pursuit of a documentary subject that might propel her from college hopeful to film school admission to USC, Sara has focuse... read more

The year is 2021 and the money is still green. The fully privatized city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is home to Sara Paige Christie, a teenage girl with her heart set on a film career in Los Angeles and her camera trained on the graffiti-covered walls of the city’s outskirts. In pursuit of a documentary subject that might propel her from college hopeful to film school admission to USC, Sara has focuse... read more

Pinot Envy: Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery in Napa

Edward Finstein

Meet Woody Robins, a bon vivant, devil-may-care wine guru who specializes in investigatory work involving rare artifacts of a vinous nature. Amidst the backdrop of world-famous Napa, California, wine country, and upbeat, cosmopolitan "city by the bay," San Francisco, Woody finds he’s bitten off more than he can chew when hired by a wealthy grape grower to retrieve his stolen, rare, priceless, ... read more

Meet Woody Robins, a bon vivant, devil-may-care wine guru who specializes in investigatory work involving rare artifacts of a vinous nature. Amidst the backdrop of world-famous Napa, California, wine country, and upbeat, cosmopolitan "city by the bay," San Francisco, Woody finds he’s bitten off more than he can chew when hired by a wealthy grape grower to retrieve his stolen, rare, priceless, ... read more

Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore: Flying Through History

Jonathon Scott Fuqua

You think history is boring? Baltimore kid Daniel does--until a chance encounter with a magical talking raven named Calvert sends him flying back to 1814, where he finds his home city under siege by a British army on the verge of defeating the United States of America in the War of 1812. Amidst the fire of muskets, the thunder of cannons, and the dark approach of the British armada, Daniel dis... read more

You think history is boring? Baltimore kid Daniel does--until a chance encounter with a magical talking raven named Calvert sends him flying back to 1814, where he finds his home city under siege by a British army on the verge of defeating the United States of America in the War of 1812. Amidst the fire of muskets, the thunder of cannons, and the dark approach of the British armada, Daniel dis... read more

The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel

Jonathon Scott Fuqua

The Greaser Hotel is an eyesore even by eyesores standards. A long-forgotten place, it sits dilapidated and mostly vacant amid a sea of Baltimore vacancies. But this building, this former lap of luxury, is much more than it appears. The Greaser Hotel is a place of magic and of secrets peopled by masters of secret-keeping. And soon, for one kidnapped little girl Allie to her friends and Allie R... read more

The Greaser Hotel is an eyesore even by eyesores standards. A long-forgotten place, it sits dilapidated and mostly vacant amid a sea of Baltimore vacancies. But this building, this former lap of luxury, is much more than it appears. The Greaser Hotel is a place of magic and of secrets peopled by masters of secret-keeping. And soon, for one kidnapped little girl Allie to her friends and Allie R... read more

The Delusion

Laura Gallier

Fans of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Bill Myers, D.I. Telbat, and Stephenie Meyer will love this debut thriller by Laura Gallier!*****We all have our demons.Are unseen spiritual forces actually at work in my life?It's an intriguing question that confronts us all and begins to haunt Owen Edmonds. Literally.By March of Owen's senior year, eleven students at Lincoln Forest High School have committe... read more

Fans of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Bill Myers, D.I. Telbat, and Stephenie Meyer will love this debut thriller by Laura Gallier!*****We all have our demons.Are unseen spiritual forces actually at work in my life?It's an intriguing question that confronts us all and begins to haunt Owen Edmonds. Literally.By March of Owen's senior year, eleven students at Lincoln Forest High School have committe... read more

Back Creek

Leslie Goetsch

It's the summer of 1975. Eighteen-year-old Grace Barnett knows she should be preparing to leave for college in September, but a strange Memorial Day boating accident on the creek near her Virginia home kicks off a series of events that will define her family's future as well as her emerging view of life. On the very day of the victim's funeral, Grace's older sister, Lillian, absent from the fa... read more

It's the summer of 1975. Eighteen-year-old Grace Barnett knows she should be preparing to leave for college in September, but a strange Memorial Day boating accident on the creek near her Virginia home kicks off a series of events that will define her family's future as well as her emerging view of life. On the very day of the victim's funeral, Grace's older sister, Lillian, absent from the fa... read more

Kaufman's Hill: A Memoir

John C. Hampsey

A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify ... read more

A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify ... read more

Butterflies in May

Karen Hart

Ali Parker, a high school senior, is in love for the first time in her seventeen-year life. Her Mr. Perfect boyfriend, Matt Ryan, is a talented artist who hopes to attend Pratt Institute in New York, and Ali plans to major in journalism at a prestigious college. Both Ali and Matt are outstanding students. Their future possibilities seem endless. Then the inconceivable happens—Ali becomes pregn... read more

Ali Parker, a high school senior, is in love for the first time in her seventeen-year life. Her Mr. Perfect boyfriend, Matt Ryan, is a talented artist who hopes to attend Pratt Institute in New York, and Ali plans to major in journalism at a prestigious college. Both Ali and Matt are outstanding students. Their future possibilities seem endless. Then the inconceivable happens—Ali becomes pregn... read more

Singled Out

Sara Griffiths

There was a time when all was right in Taylor Dresden's world--that is, as long as she was on the baseball diamond, pitching with all her heart. But that was years ago. Now, as she heads toward her senior year, the magic is gone. There's no competition in her New Jersey high school, and summer league is not much better. With the scouts losing interest on account of her poor grades, and with th... read more

There was a time when all was right in Taylor Dresden's world--that is, as long as she was on the baseball diamond, pitching with all her heart. But that was years ago. Now, as she heads toward her senior year, the magic is gone. There's no competition in her New Jersey high school, and summer league is not much better. With the scouts losing interest on account of her poor grades, and with th... read more

Thrown a Curve

Sara Griffiths

She's never known her mother. Her father seems to hate her. She has only one true friend, who's a boy. A mediocre student and a social misfit, she's downright miserable. This is Taylor Dresden, a freshman in a gritty New Jersey high school. The only pleasure she's ever had was playing baseball. But at the age of eight, she stopped playing when she overheard her dad say how embarrassed he that ... read more

She's never known her mother. Her father seems to hate her. She has only one true friend, who's a boy. A mediocre student and a social misfit, she's downright miserable. This is Taylor Dresden, a freshman in a gritty New Jersey high school. The only pleasure she's ever had was playing baseball. But at the age of eight, she stopped playing when she overheard her dad say how embarrassed he that ... read more

One Murder More

Kris Calvin

In Kris Calvin's debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California's Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation. But when police arrest M... read more

In Kris Calvin's debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California's Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation. But when police arrest M... read more

STOLEN VOTES

Joseph Guion

A group of Washington DC insiders plan to steal the 1986 Senatorial Election using murder, kidnapping and technology. A Disgraced former Navy SEAL and his girlfriend Beth become possible victims when they witness the murder of a computer programmer friend. Dan, The Cat, Haggery must regain his warrior persona lost in Viet Nam to thwart several attempts to murder him. His girl friend is kidnapp... read more

A group of Washington DC insiders plan to steal the 1986 Senatorial Election using murder, kidnapping and technology. A Disgraced former Navy SEAL and his girlfriend Beth become possible victims when they witness the murder of a computer programmer friend. Dan, The Cat, Haggery must regain his warrior persona lost in Viet Nam to thwart several attempts to murder him. His girl friend is kidnapp... read more

American Death Songs: Stories by Jordan Harper

Jordan Harper

"Unsparing, brutal, and strangely beautiful." Allison Glasgow, editor at ThugLit "A harrowing, hallowing ode to those whose options boil down to a bullet, a bank or a strange stretch of highway. American Letters has found in Harper an agent worthy to take the crime fiction tradition into the 21st century." - Hardboiled Wonderland "I've never read a Jordan Harper story that didn't leave me shak... read more

"Unsparing, brutal, and strangely beautiful." Allison Glasgow, editor at ThugLit "A harrowing, hallowing ode to those whose options boil down to a bullet, a bank or a strange stretch of highway. American Letters has found in Harper an agent worthy to take the crime fiction tradition into the 21st century." - Hardboiled Wonderland "I've never read a Jordan Harper story that didn't leave me shak... read more

An Unconventional Childhood: Growing up in the Catskill Mountains During the 1950s and 1960s

Marilyn Mayes Kaltenborn

This light-hearted memoir takes place in Fleischmanns, NY, a small Catskill Mountain village whose population increased from a few hundred to many thousands during the summer in the 1950s and 1960s. While some people think small towns are boring places to live, the author and her brothers were seldom bored, usually thanks to their parents' ideas on how to occupy their time. While the family wa... read more

This light-hearted memoir takes place in Fleischmanns, NY, a small Catskill Mountain village whose population increased from a few hundred to many thousands during the summer in the 1950s and 1960s. While some people think small towns are boring places to live, the author and her brothers were seldom bored, usually thanks to their parents' ideas on how to occupy their time. While the family wa... read more

That Ever Died So Young

Judy Kelly

Scott Kersey speeds off to the park’s bike and run trail to help his mother. When he and his father arrive, Scott sees the police, an ambulance, and someone in a body bag. After realizing that the body in the bag is his mother, he regrets the fact that he deliberately didn’t answer her when she asked him to run with her that morning. Scott now blames himself for her death. If he could just do ... read more

Scott Kersey speeds off to the park’s bike and run trail to help his mother. When he and his father arrive, Scott sees the police, an ambulance, and someone in a body bag. After realizing that the body in the bag is his mother, he regrets the fact that he deliberately didn’t answer her when she asked him to run with her that morning. Scott now blames himself for her death. If he could just do ... read more

Aftershock.

Joe Lane

Thriller/Adventure/Public Affairs Major Penelope Baldwin, accomplished pilot and tactician, could have expected a bright future and stable military career until a dubious flight mission over Al A Zamiyah, Iraq results in the loss of her left leg, and any opportunity for motherhood. As Penelope struggles in recovery, her mother Evelyn struggles to secure their financial future and cover mountin... read more

Thriller/Adventure/Public Affairs Major Penelope Baldwin, accomplished pilot and tactician, could have expected a bright future and stable military career until a dubious flight mission over Al A Zamiyah, Iraq results in the loss of her left leg, and any opportunity for motherhood. As Penelope struggles in recovery, her mother Evelyn struggles to secure their financial future and cover mountin... read more

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns

Elizabeth Leiknes

Lucy Burns wants a normal life: friends, love, and a family of her own. And she could have it all if only she could break free from the job she hates. That job? Facilitator to hell. And her boss is a real devil. At the age of eleven, to save her sister’s life, Lucy writes a desperate letter to “To Whom It May Concern,” but when He writes back, Lucy is bound for life. There are perks, sure--she... read more

Lucy Burns wants a normal life: friends, love, and a family of her own. And she could have it all if only she could break free from the job she hates. That job? Facilitator to hell. And her boss is a real devil. At the age of eleven, to save her sister’s life, Lucy writes a desperate letter to “To Whom It May Concern,” but when He writes back, Lucy is bound for life. There are perks, sure--she... read more

Touchdown (Crimson Romance)

Yael Levy

New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbukher soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.Only Clay has issue... read more

New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbukher soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.Only Clay has issue... read more

The Goddess Letters

Vicki Matthews

Winner, New York Book Festival: RomanceFinalist, 2014 International Book Awards: New Age Fiction Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award: Visionary FictionFinalist, National Indie Excellence Award: New Age FictionFinalist, USA Best Book Awards: New Age FictionHonorable Mention, London Book Festival: FictionHonorable Mention, San Francisco Book Festival: General FictionHonorable Mention, Midw... read more

Winner, New York Book Festival: RomanceFinalist, 2014 International Book Awards: New Age Fiction Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award: Visionary FictionFinalist, National Indie Excellence Award: New Age FictionFinalist, USA Best Book Awards: New Age FictionHonorable Mention, London Book Festival: FictionHonorable Mention, San Francisco Book Festival: General FictionHonorable Mention, Midw... read more

Rebooting in Beverly Hills: A Wise and Wild Path for Navigating the Dating World

Marcy Miller

Rebooting in Beverly Hills is Sex and the City for the next generation. It's the witty, charming, and absolutely true account of Marcy Miller, a competent, attractive professional woman, as she struggles to re-enter the dating world after the esteem-killing divorce of an adulterous husband. Set in the opulent oasis of Beverly Hills, Marcy riffs on pickups, fix-ups, Internet dating, matchmaking... read more

Rebooting in Beverly Hills is Sex and the City for the next generation. It's the witty, charming, and absolutely true account of Marcy Miller, a competent, attractive professional woman, as she struggles to re-enter the dating world after the esteem-killing divorce of an adulterous husband. Set in the opulent oasis of Beverly Hills, Marcy riffs on pickups, fix-ups, Internet dating, matchmaking... read more

Reality Jane

Shanon Nering

Set behind the scenes of America's most popular guilty pleasure—reality TV—Reality Jane delivers a high-spirited, delicious tale of finding love and a career in Hollywood while juggling lipo envy, singlehood angst, and the resounding results of success. Reality Jane follows Jane Kaufman, a Canadian journalist who, because of a lucky connection, finds herself in Los Angeles as a producer on a h... read more

Set behind the scenes of America's most popular guilty pleasure—reality TV—Reality Jane delivers a high-spirited, delicious tale of finding love and a career in Hollywood while juggling lipo envy, singlehood angst, and the resounding results of success. Reality Jane follows Jane Kaufman, a Canadian journalist who, because of a lucky connection, finds herself in Los Angeles as a producer on a h... read more

The Murder of Wednesday's Children

N. S. Patrick

When Archer and Ione are invited to take part in the newest venture by an industrial tycoon at his summer home on Mantioch Island, they are ready for the challenge. Once arriving, an investment presentation is hosted by a man named Dr. Chapman. During this time, Archer and Ione meet an odd assortment of investors. The only investor their host seems to know personally is Ernst Meier, who is for... read more

When Archer and Ione are invited to take part in the newest venture by an industrial tycoon at his summer home on Mantioch Island, they are ready for the challenge. Once arriving, an investment presentation is hosted by a man named Dr. Chapman. During this time, Archer and Ione meet an odd assortment of investors. The only investor their host seems to know personally is Ernst Meier, who is for... read more

Dracula Is Dead

Sheilah Kast, Jim Rosapepe

In December 1989, Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, ending more than forty years of Communist totalitarianism.Twenty years later, Romania is a thriving democracy, an economic success, and a member of NATO and the European Union. What's the story behind the Romanian miracle? Join former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah... read more

In December 1989, Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, ending more than forty years of Communist totalitarianism.Twenty years later, Romania is a thriving democracy, an economic success, and a member of NATO and the European Union. What's the story behind the Romanian miracle? Join former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah... read more

Changing Michael

Jeff Schilling

Matthew knows how things work. He's pretty much an expert. For example: friends. Friendship requires both give and take, and Matthew strongly prefers taking. The solution is close acquaintances: people who think you're their friend because you nod and act interested about whatever they're talking about. School? Perfectly pleasant as long as you don't pay attention. Mom? Award yourself a point ... read more

Matthew knows how things work. He's pretty much an expert. For example: friends. Friendship requires both give and take, and Matthew strongly prefers taking. The solution is close acquaintances: people who think you're their friend because you nod and act interested about whatever they're talking about. School? Perfectly pleasant as long as you don't pay attention. Mom? Award yourself a point ... read more

After the Curtain Falls

Ainsley Shay

Erik never had to be anything other than a freak...until now. Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he'll stop performing... read more

Erik never had to be anything other than a freak...until now. Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he'll stop performing... read more

Queens of All the Earth

Hannah Sternberg

As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown. When months of coaxing and analyzing fail to rouse Olivia from her stupor, big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some ''vacation therapy.'' When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are... read more

As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown. When months of coaxing and analyzing fail to rouse Olivia from her stupor, big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some ''vacation therapy.'' When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are... read more

The Show

Filip Syta

"An eye-opening tale of all the money, sex and drugs washing through the tech world, from someone who lived it." ― Jim Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Business Insider UKThink of the greatest tech company in the world. Imagine getting a job there. Picture the perks: free gourmet food, free booze, a gym, a swimming pool, and a holiday bonus . . . every month. Brilliant coworkers. No dress code. Great... read more

"An eye-opening tale of all the money, sex and drugs washing through the tech world, from someone who lived it." ― Jim Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Business Insider UKThink of the greatest tech company in the world. Imagine getting a job there. Picture the perks: free gourmet food, free booze, a gym, a swimming pool, and a holiday bonus . . . every month. Brilliant coworkers. No dress code. Great... read more

The Case Against My Brother

Libby Sternberg

A 1922 anti-Catholic campaign provides the backdrop for a new teen mystery by Libby Sternberg to be published by Bancroft Press in November 2007. The book, "The Case Against My Brother, is the story of a Polish Catholic teen, Carl Matuski, and his quest to clear his brother Adam of a burglary charge in 1922 Portland, Oregon. In the book, Carl is convinced that Adam is being targeted unfairly b... read more

A 1922 anti-Catholic campaign provides the backdrop for a new teen mystery by Libby Sternberg to be published by Bancroft Press in November 2007. The book, "The Case Against My Brother, is the story of a Polish Catholic teen, Carl Matuski, and his quest to clear his brother Adam of a burglary charge in 1922 Portland, Oregon. In the book, Carl is convinced that Adam is being targeted unfairly b... read more

Fire Me: A Tale of Scheming, Dreaming and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Libby Malin

How to lose your job and find true love… Fed up with impossible deadlines and meaningless busywork, Anne Wyatt goes to work one day determined to resign. But that's the day her boss announces someone's getting laid off (and with a generous severance package). Now Anne has one day to ruin her career and convince her boss that someone should be her. Anne's hysterical tactics are unwittingly unde... read more

How to lose your job and find true love… Fed up with impossible deadlines and meaningless busywork, Anne Wyatt goes to work one day determined to resign. But that's the day her boss announces someone's getting laid off (and with a generous severance package). Now Anne has one day to ruin her career and convince her boss that someone should be her. Anne's hysterical tactics are unwittingly unde... read more

Recovering Dad (Bianca Balducci Mystery)

Libby Sternberg

It's Bianca Balducci's junior year in high school, and she's got more than enough on her plate already--impending SAT scores, college admissions, and the mixed signals of sort-of-boyfriend Doug. But when she finds out her mother, widowed as long as Bianca can remember, is marrying Officer Steve Paluchek, a longtime family friend, things get even worse very, very quickly--because Paluchek, acco... read more

It's Bianca Balducci's junior year in high school, and she's got more than enough on her plate already--impending SAT scores, college admissions, and the mixed signals of sort-of-boyfriend Doug. But when she finds out her mother, widowed as long as Bianca can remember, is marrying Officer Steve Paluchek, a longtime family friend, things get even worse very, very quickly--because Paluchek, acco... read more

The Trials of the Core (Guardian of the Core Book 1)

Michael E. Thies

As Edwyrd Eska approaches his two-hundredth year as Guardian of the Core, he must find an Apprentice to train under him. His title and role compels him to safeguard and govern his universe, Gladonus, as each Guardian before him has done and those after him shall continue to do until relieved of such duties by will of the Ancients. Prince Hydro Paen, Eirek Mourse, and Zain Berrese—amongst other... read more

As Edwyrd Eska approaches his two-hundredth year as Guardian of the Core, he must find an Apprentice to train under him. His title and role compels him to safeguard and govern his universe, Gladonus, as each Guardian before him has done and those after him shall continue to do until relieved of such duties by will of the Ancients. Prince Hydro Paen, Eirek Mourse, and Zain Berrese—amongst other... read more

Whispers: Behind the Eyes and Mind of a Schizophrenic

Crystal Drake Toennis

Whispers: Behind the Eyes and Mind of a Schizophrenic is a true story. This is my story of what it's like living with schizophrenia. Since I was a young girl, I experienced a lot of unexplained abnormal activities. As I got older, my symptoms got worse, and I was in and out of hospitals. Over the past six years, I've learned to deal with my illness. I can now pass along some of my daily life e... read more

Whispers: Behind the Eyes and Mind of a Schizophrenic is a true story. This is my story of what it's like living with schizophrenia. Since I was a young girl, I experienced a lot of unexplained abnormal activities. As I got older, my symptoms got worse, and I was in and out of hospitals. Over the past six years, I've learned to deal with my illness. I can now pass along some of my daily life e... read more

Dispatches from the Eastern Front: A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama

Gerald Felix Warburg

How does one arrive at a life in politics and policy? What happens to one’s ideals when confronted with the reality that the only way to get things done in Washington is compromise? Who are the men and women who help shape our national agenda, and what drives their work? Dispatches From the Eastern Front provides fascinating, intensely personal, yet universal answers to these central questions... read more

How does one arrive at a life in politics and policy? What happens to one’s ideals when confronted with the reality that the only way to get things done in Washington is compromise? Who are the men and women who help shape our national agenda, and what drives their work? Dispatches From the Eastern Front provides fascinating, intensely personal, yet universal answers to these central questions... read more

Out of Crystal Ice: Book 1 of Ice King: The Last Messiah

P.J. Wetzel

The year is 635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens 'bowlheads' are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam Windre... read more

The year is 635,039 A.D. The primitive Homo sapiens 'bowlheads' are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human. Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet. But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans. Adam Windre... read more

The Fast Track 50: The Get-Ahead Guide for Temporary Employees

Tim Whitney, MBA

The Fast Track 50 is a simple system, designed by an in-the-trenches procurer of temp services, to substantially improve a temp's chances of achieving a full-time position. The 50 tips are designed to help any temp get quickly up to speed on any employer s basic team-building requirements. These 50 steps are considered minimum requirements by many of today s employers.

The Fast Track 50 is a simple system, designed by an in-the-trenches procurer of temp services, to substantially improve a temp's chances of achieving a full-time position. The 50 tips are designed to help any temp get quickly up to speed on any employer s basic team-building requirements. These 50 steps are considered minimum requirements by many of today s employers.

Waiting for Paint to Dry

Lia Mack

One woman's quest to reclaim inner peace, life and love . . . For the past decade, Matty Bell has lived safe in a self-made monochromatic life of work-eat-sleep-survive. Living vicariously through her best friend Claire's perfect life wasn't the plan, nor her ideal. However, Matty learned long ago that it's easier to run and hide from life than to deal with the pain of the post-traumatic stres... read more

One woman's quest to reclaim inner peace, life and love . . . For the past decade, Matty Bell has lived safe in a self-made monochromatic life of work-eat-sleep-survive. Living vicariously through her best friend Claire's perfect life wasn't the plan, nor her ideal. However, Matty learned long ago that it's easier to run and hide from life than to deal with the pain of the post-traumatic stres... read more

The Ringling Chronicles: Rinascimento

Tim Whitney

What do John Ringling (of the Ringling Brother's Circus fame), Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello (the sculptor not the Ninja Turtle), Massacio, Giorgio Vasari, Leonardo da Vinci, The Medici Family, and a 12 year old girl from Sarasota, Florida all have in common? They are all characters in Whitney's captivating new novel, 'Rinascimento', the first in his art history/time traveling series, The Ri... read more

What do John Ringling (of the Ringling Brother's Circus fame), Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello (the sculptor not the Ninja Turtle), Massacio, Giorgio Vasari, Leonardo da Vinci, The Medici Family, and a 12 year old girl from Sarasota, Florida all have in common? They are all characters in Whitney's captivating new novel, 'Rinascimento', the first in his art history/time traveling series, The Ri... read more

Thanksgiving at the Inn

Tim Whitney

Ever since his mother left, life hasn't been easy for Heath Wellington III. Between his father's (Junior's) bouts with alcoholism and literary rejection, and Heath's own wrongful suspension from school, there hasn't been all that much to be thankful for. But following the tragic death of estranged grandfather Senior, father and son alike stand to inherit a life-changing fortune, with one catch... read more

Ever since his mother left, life hasn't been easy for Heath Wellington III. Between his father's (Junior's) bouts with alcoholism and literary rejection, and Heath's own wrongful suspension from school, there hasn't been all that much to be thankful for. But following the tragic death of estranged grandfather Senior, father and son alike stand to inherit a life-changing fortune, with one catch... read more

Brave Hearts

Erin Williams

Sam feared her infertility would forever be an obstacle to finding a lasting relationship, and when her boyfriend of two years unceremoniously breaks up with her, she is ready to give up on love altogether. With help from her effervescent friend, Holly, and her happy-go-lucky boy friend from college, Jb, she begins to see that the relationship was more flawed than she ever imagined. After a ch... read more

Sam feared her infertility would forever be an obstacle to finding a lasting relationship, and when her boyfriend of two years unceremoniously breaks up with her, she is ready to give up on love altogether. With help from her effervescent friend, Holly, and her happy-go-lucky boy friend from college, Jb, she begins to see that the relationship was more flawed than she ever imagined. After a ch... read more

Finding the Gray

Sara Landers

**Revised Second Edition** Andi Selby is a 27 year old single mother of one who lives paycheck to paycheck, refuses to date and might be cracking up due to longstanding loneliness and financial anemia. Andi buys a lottery ticket for a drawing worth $212 million and learns that she is the sole winner. After she quits her job but before she cashes the ticket, she loses the ticket itself. For the... read more

**Revised Second Edition** Andi Selby is a 27 year old single mother of one who lives paycheck to paycheck, refuses to date and might be cracking up due to longstanding loneliness and financial anemia. Andi buys a lottery ticket for a drawing worth $212 million and learns that she is the sole winner. After she quits her job but before she cashes the ticket, she loses the ticket itself. For the... read more

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Laura Chasen

Former St. Martin's Press Editor. Developmental and Line Editor. Proofreader. Chocoholic.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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