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John Albers

John Albers - Editor

South of Heaven, East of Hell

An optimist who came out swinging and turned into a cynic, one who burns for art. I'm an editor with experience on both sides of the table.

Overview

I write under several pen names in order to keep the two ends of the business separate. I started out in life as a behavioral therapist and wrote for my own enjoyment. But cancer had other ideas. This would normally be where I attempt to make a cheerful introduction of myself, but when you've got a stack of rejections taller than you are the best that can be mustered on a good day is cynicism. I'm a Luddite, born too late, the very date Neuromancer was released, and am trying to make my own wave because I can't go back and catch the one I feel I was meant for.


I began interning as an editor for several local newspapers down on the Treasure Coast in 2002, and enjoyed a life of sand and rum until print died. Before they rolled up their mats I had made it to line editor in two simultaneous positions, and dabbled in fiction. In the course of eight years I managed upwards of thirty publications, comprising twenty magazines, five covers, one radio drama script, and a grand total of $104 in profits.

I have worked in the literary industry, made friends and enemies, have had my work published in upwards of two-dozen fiction periodicals (not fictional periodicals, mind), and found that I had a greater knack for looking at someone else's rough draft and telling them how to turn it into a supercharged hellbeast of a page-turner than I did for writing my own material. And that jibed with my view of the industry. Editors who decided what was being printed and what wasn't were overworked. Burned out. Jaded. They could no longer see that the seemingly mundane pieces of paper that crossed their desks every day contained the distilled hopes and dreams of normal, average people. These people could happily live out their lives of quiet desperation if only someone would share and glory in the vistas of the imagination bursting and shooting through their heads. And it wasn't happening.

And I feared that if I stayed I would become the same burnt out shell who could no longer see the beauty and magic that flourished all around.

So I freelance. I beta-read. I edit. I copyedit. And I keep both my clients and their readers happy because I see the wonders they see and believe in them just as fervently. Nothing would make me happier than seeing their stories broadcast to the world.

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English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
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Adventure Anthologies Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Mashups Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Sleeping Pool (Destination Series Book 1)

P. Zoro

From the Zimbabwean Commonwealth Essay Competition Margaret Mary 2nd Prize Winner (with 52 countries participating) The Sleeping Pool, Book 1 of the Destination Series Never traveled to Africa? Experience the mythical, the legendary, the mysterious and the forbidden ... in the comfort of your home. Then you will know no peace until you travel to Africa and discover yourself in the depths of it... read more

From the Zimbabwean Commonwealth Essay Competition Margaret Mary 2nd Prize Winner (with 52 countries participating) The Sleeping Pool, Book 1 of the Destination Series Never traveled to Africa? Experience the mythical, the legendary, the mysterious and the forbidden ... in the comfort of your home. Then you will know no peace until you travel to Africa and discover yourself in the depths of it... read more

MAGIC (Dog Mysteries Book 1)

Edmond Humm

Frankenstein meets Lassie. Two decades of genetic research and experimentation, subsidized by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, produces an amazing animal of the sub species Canis Lupus Familiaris. It appears to be a large golden retriever; however, it has one salient attribute that separates it from the rest of the canine world, it possesses the intelligence of an adult hu... read more

Frankenstein meets Lassie. Two decades of genetic research and experimentation, subsidized by the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, produces an amazing animal of the sub species Canis Lupus Familiaris. It appears to be a large golden retriever; however, it has one salient attribute that separates it from the rest of the canine world, it possesses the intelligence of an adult hu... read more

Magic's Charm (Dog mysteries Book 2)

Edmond Humm

The sequel to Magic, my first novel about the wonderful genetically altered golden retriever, will take you on the same wild ride with Magic and Ryan, but with a more personal agenda for Magic. Magic's quest eventually involves the very highest levels of the government. "(Magic's Charm)An action filled adventure novel that will keep you turning the pages." Fred Winston

The sequel to Magic, my first novel about the wonderful genetically altered golden retriever, will take you on the same wild ride with Magic and Ryan, but with a more personal agenda for Magic. Magic's quest eventually involves the very highest levels of the government. "(Magic's Charm)An action filled adventure novel that will keep you turning the pages." Fred Winston

Magic's Memory (Dog mysteries Book 4)

Edmond Humm

The question was,”Does memory define one’s existence?” He thought not, but If he couldn’t remember who he was, what he’d done in life, who he loved, who he hated, where he lived, where he came from, does he have an identity? If someone or thing robs him of his memory, do they steal his identity? These are the questions, Magic, the gifted Golden Retriever asked himself. Magic’s Memory embodies ... read more

The question was,”Does memory define one’s existence?” He thought not, but If he couldn’t remember who he was, what he’d done in life, who he loved, who he hated, where he lived, where he came from, does he have an identity? If someone or thing robs him of his memory, do they steal his identity? These are the questions, Magic, the gifted Golden Retriever asked himself. Magic’s Memory embodies ... read more

Wizard the dog that knew Magic (Dog mysteries Book 3)

Edmond Humm

Magic the amazing Golden Retriever is now the sire of three active pups. One puppy, named Wizard, shows strong inherited traits, but Ryan and Magic are off on another adventure. A dirty bomb has been exploded, and the President wants answers fast.

Magic the amazing Golden Retriever is now the sire of three active pups. One puppy, named Wizard, shows strong inherited traits, but Ryan and Magic are off on another adventure. A dirty bomb has been exploded, and the President wants answers fast.

Strange Magic (Young Adult)

Edmond Humm

Special Magic: YA action/adventure novel. Magic, a genetically altered dog with human intelligence adopts a family. Fourteen-year-old Beth learns of Magic’s amazing ability, and together they foil a terrorist plot to blow up New York City.

Special Magic: YA action/adventure novel. Magic, a genetically altered dog with human intelligence adopts a family. Fourteen-year-old Beth learns of Magic’s amazing ability, and together they foil a terrorist plot to blow up New York City.

Golden Years?

Edmond Humm

Computer fraud, violence, car chases, highjacking, clandestine operations, fake identity and subterfuge are the stuff of a good action novel. When the protagonist is a one eyed, sixty-year-old, former exotic dancer with a band of nursing home malcontents, it contains the ingredients for a hilarious read. Henneritta is sixty-one and looks eighty, but inside that wrinkled body is a teenager tryi... read more

Computer fraud, violence, car chases, highjacking, clandestine operations, fake identity and subterfuge are the stuff of a good action novel. When the protagonist is a one eyed, sixty-year-old, former exotic dancer with a band of nursing home malcontents, it contains the ingredients for a hilarious read. Henneritta is sixty-one and looks eighty, but inside that wrinkled body is a teenager tryi... read more

Golden Goose

Edmond Humm

Goldenrod is a fictional enactment of a fantastic true story. Jean Harris has uncovered a well kept secret from World War Two. During the early years of the war the axis powers were unstoppable. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill secretly met with American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt aboard the British battleship Prince of Wales, ostensibly on a fishing expedition. Much of what t... read more

Goldenrod is a fictional enactment of a fantastic true story. Jean Harris has uncovered a well kept secret from World War Two. During the early years of the war the axis powers were unstoppable. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill secretly met with American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt aboard the British battleship Prince of Wales, ostensibly on a fishing expedition. Much of what t... read more

The Fitzgerald Chronicles (History of flight)

Edmond Humm

. Historical Fiction/The Fitzgerald Chronicles/92,000 words. The Fitzgerald Chronicles is a mixture of adventure and discovery. In 1914, William W. Fitzgerald leaves his Florida home to become an aviator under the tutelage of the famous aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss. This journey takes William throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. William learns to fly in fragile machines... read more

. Historical Fiction/The Fitzgerald Chronicles/92,000 words. The Fitzgerald Chronicles is a mixture of adventure and discovery. In 1914, William W. Fitzgerald leaves his Florida home to become an aviator under the tutelage of the famous aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss. This journey takes William throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. William learns to fly in fragile machines... read more

The Only Sparkle

Matt Hofferth

Mark’s claim to fame is as the manager of the local movie rental store. Sally is his beautiful, blonde employee with a penchant for vampires. It’s business as usual until Mark finds a note taped to a return. A note that claims inside knowledge about a vampire being behind a pair of recent murders. A note that explains the vampire’s weakness. A note addressed to Sally.Is the information credibl... read more

Mark’s claim to fame is as the manager of the local movie rental store. Sally is his beautiful, blonde employee with a penchant for vampires. It’s business as usual until Mark finds a note taped to a return. A note that claims inside knowledge about a vampire being behind a pair of recent murders. A note that explains the vampire’s weakness. A note addressed to Sally.Is the information credibl... read more

Josh Anvil and the Pivotal Weapon (Josh Anvil Series Book 2) (Volume 2)

Bruce E Arrington

Juvenile: Science Fiction/FantasyJosh and Troy find themselves in a strange tropical world, far from home. They've come to explore a new planet, excited for what wonders await them. But it doesn't take long before they are on the run from the aliens who conquered this world. In their attempts to help Anton find his family, Josh and Troy find themselves immersed in a terrible war that has spann... read more

Juvenile: Science Fiction/FantasyJosh and Troy find themselves in a strange tropical world, far from home. They've come to explore a new planet, excited for what wonders await them. But it doesn't take long before they are on the run from the aliens who conquered this world. In their attempts to help Anton find his family, Josh and Troy find themselves immersed in a terrible war that has spann... read more

Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door (Volume 1)

Bruce Arrington

Juvenile/Teen: Adventure/Fantasy Fourteen-year-old Josh Anvil doesn't have a promising future. His dyslexia prevents him from achieving academically, and his dad's recent injury from a terrible arson fire threatens his family's livelihood. But when Josh makes a fateful canoe trip in the family swamp, his life changes forever. After drowning in the dark cypress waters he is brought back to life... read more

Juvenile/Teen: Adventure/Fantasy Fourteen-year-old Josh Anvil doesn't have a promising future. His dyslexia prevents him from achieving academically, and his dad's recent injury from a terrible arson fire threatens his family's livelihood. But when Josh makes a fateful canoe trip in the family swamp, his life changes forever. After drowning in the dark cypress waters he is brought back to life... read more

Josh Anvil and the Gathering Storm (Josh Anvil Series) (Volume 3)

Bruce E. Arrington

Fourteen-year-old Josh Anvil is back on Earth, having rescued his grandparents from oblivion. After his interview disaster he returns home to face school finals, nightmares, demanding FBI agents, and teacher clones. Meanwhile the Earth's atmosphere is heating up toward Triassic period levels. With a new girlfriend and a promise of basketball stardom, Josh's life finally seems to be improving. ... read more

Fourteen-year-old Josh Anvil is back on Earth, having rescued his grandparents from oblivion. After his interview disaster he returns home to face school finals, nightmares, demanding FBI agents, and teacher clones. Meanwhile the Earth's atmosphere is heating up toward Triassic period levels. With a new girlfriend and a promise of basketball stardom, Josh's life finally seems to be improving. ... read more

Trial By Fear: Fallen Powers Series, Book One (Volume 1)

Bruce E Arrington

Teen Fantasy A defeated kingdom. A forgotten prince. A powerful resurrection. Raised by goblins for as long as he can remember, Beon's life amounts to no more than abject slavery. His world view is warped to the point of no return. In a desperate act of self preservation, Beon tries to leave his past behind. But he pays the ultimate price as the goblins hunt him down. Then the kindness of a st... read more

Teen Fantasy A defeated kingdom. A forgotten prince. A powerful resurrection. Raised by goblins for as long as he can remember, Beon's life amounts to no more than abject slavery. His world view is warped to the point of no return. In a desperate act of self preservation, Beon tries to leave his past behind. But he pays the ultimate price as the goblins hunt him down. Then the kindness of a st... read more

The Wolf's Fee

JJ Archer

Anthropologist Serge Bouchard said, "Man is a wolf to Man, which, you will agree, is not very kind to the wolf." Had he studied the society of teens he would’ve said the comparison was downright cruel. Wolves don’t prey upon one another without cause. Teens do. Wolves don’t torture one another. Teens do. Wolves don’t commit murder… Amber is a smart teen with a great personality. That’s code fo... read more

Anthropologist Serge Bouchard said, "Man is a wolf to Man, which, you will agree, is not very kind to the wolf." Had he studied the society of teens he would’ve said the comparison was downright cruel. Wolves don’t prey upon one another without cause. Teens do. Wolves don’t torture one another. Teens do. Wolves don’t commit murder… Amber is a smart teen with a great personality. That’s code fo... read more

Beyond the Pale: A Dark Fantasy Anthology

JJ Archer

You are faced with a fence. You always have been. Current metaphysical boundaries delineating order from chaos harken to a time when you were a pioneer in strange, morphean lands, and the shadows held more darkness than what was found in men’s hearts. For safety you would huddle together in village and towns, and always protecting you from what waited on the other side, was a fence—a simple wa... read more

You are faced with a fence. You always have been. Current metaphysical boundaries delineating order from chaos harken to a time when you were a pioneer in strange, morphean lands, and the shadows held more darkness than what was found in men’s hearts. For safety you would huddle together in village and towns, and always protecting you from what waited on the other side, was a fence—a simple wa... read more

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