Matthew Selznick

Matthew Selznick - Editor

Huntington Beach, CA, USA

I bring creative endeavors to fruition, to market, and to an audience. Indie and first time authors a specialty.

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Overview

I'm a creative services provider specializing in working with authors and other independent creators since the turn of the century. I bring creative endeavors to fruition, to market, and to an audience: a to z, soup to nuts.

As a pioneer indie author (2005) and podcaster (2004), as well as one of the first to offer a free podcast of their novel, couple with my experience developing marketing, viral campaigns, and websites for television and motion pictures (Bridesmaids, Grease Sing-Along, Machete, etc.), I have a unique dual perspective: I understand the artistic side, and the promotional side.

This point of view brings clients back again and again. I've worked on every book published by the memoirist Paul Samuel Dolman (five books and counting), Glenn Harris' McCall - Malone Mysteries series (seven books and counting), and Cay Templeton's Second Side series (four books and counting).

My ability to take an author from developmental edit to booking interviews to promote a book's release attracts debut authors as well. My technical and procedural experience with every stage means you get someone at your side every step of the way -- someone who's been there themselves, from the beginning.

Reedsy won't let me list more than one variety of service... but if it involves getting your book from manuscript to market, including developmental editing, website, mailing list, social media, ebook and paperback design, and publication and promotion assistance... I'm your guy.

Let's make the best stuff you can make... together.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mashups
Mystery & Crime
Plays & Screenplays
Science Fiction

Awards

  • Parsec Award Nomination (2005)
  • Key Art Award Selection (2011)

Work experience

Creator at Large

Self-employed
January, 1999 – Present (over 21 years)

Through my Southern California-based creative services consulting company, I help authors, podcasters, musicians, and other independent creators, entrepreneurs / solopreneurs, small businesses, and anyone looking to bring their story to fruition and to the world.

For over twenty years, I’ve drawn from a lifetime of dual experience as a creator and marketer to bring a service-based, customer- and user-focused perspective to solving your problems and telling — or helping you tell — your story, however you choose to tell it.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

Hitchhiking With Larry David

Paul Samuel Dolman

One bright summer day on Martha's Vineyard, the author Paul Samuel Dolman stuck out his thumb, and the comedic icon Larry David pulled over and asked, "You're not a serial killer or something, are you?" This seemingly insignificant encounter set in motion a series of serendipitous events. "Hitchhiking With Larry David" is a heartwarming tale chronicling the heartbreak of family, the joy of liv... read more

One bright summer day on Martha's Vineyard, the author Paul Samuel Dolman stuck out his thumb, and the comedic icon Larry David pulled over and asked, "You're not a serial killer or something, are you?" This seemingly insignificant encounter set in motion a series of serendipitous events. "Hitchhiking With Larry David" is a heartwarming tale chronicling the heartbreak of family, the joy of liv... read more

Martha's Vineyard Miracles

Paul Dolman

From multi-talented author and polymath Paul Samuel Dolman comes "Martha's Vineyard Miracles," the follow-up to the 2010 beloved humorous memoir "Hitchhiking With Larry David." He's reunited with the girl of his dreams. He's on a mission (quite possibly divinely inspired) to write his very first book. Everything's looking up. What could make the best time even better? A triumphant return to Ma... read more

From multi-talented author and polymath Paul Samuel Dolman comes "Martha's Vineyard Miracles," the follow-up to the 2010 beloved humorous memoir "Hitchhiking With Larry David." He's reunited with the girl of his dreams. He's on a mission (quite possibly divinely inspired) to write his very first book. Everything's looking up. What could make the best time even better? A triumphant return to Ma... read more

Seven Crazy Days on Maui: A True Story of Wonder & Woe

Paul Samuel Dolman

From multi-talented author and polymath Paul Samuel Dolman comes "Seven Crazy Days On Maui," the follow-up to the humorous memoirs "Hitchhiking With Larry David" and "Martha's Vineyard Miracles."Amidst the scenic beauty of Maui, Dolman reunites with his old flame, The Miracle, creating magical and mind blowing results.

From multi-talented author and polymath Paul Samuel Dolman comes "Seven Crazy Days On Maui," the follow-up to the humorous memoirs "Hitchhiking With Larry David" and "Martha's Vineyard Miracles."Amidst the scenic beauty of Maui, Dolman reunites with his old flame, The Miracle, creating magical and mind blowing results.

Beverly Hills Hobo: A True Story of Fame and Misfortune

Paul Samuel Dolman

From spiritual hitchhiker Paul Samuel Dolman comes the fourth installment of his reflective and whimsical memoir series that began with the best-selling Hitchhiking With Larry David. After bidding farewell to the lush, sun-soaked beaches of Maui, Dolman finds himself captivated by the glamour and lure of Beverly Hills. Working as a film producer, alongside major movie stars and a host of fasci... read more

From spiritual hitchhiker Paul Samuel Dolman comes the fourth installment of his reflective and whimsical memoir series that began with the best-selling Hitchhiking With Larry David. After bidding farewell to the lush, sun-soaked beaches of Maui, Dolman finds himself captivated by the glamour and lure of Beverly Hills. Working as a film producer, alongside major movie stars and a host of fasci... read more

What Matters Most 20th Anniversary Edition

Paul Samuel Dolman

Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents with special guest journalist and author Bill Moyers. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share in... read more

Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents with special guest journalist and author Bill Moyers. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share in... read more

Turnabout Is Fatal Play (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 1)

Glenn Harris

In this combination old-fashioned detective novel and modern romantic thriller, Portland (Oregon) private detectives Clint McCall and Devon Malone each have a client who wants to catch a cheating spouse—and the clients are married to each other! That should be complication enough, but pretty soon there are dead bodies, a local crime boss, out-of-town gangsters, and nasty young punks all thrown... read more

In this combination old-fashioned detective novel and modern romantic thriller, Portland (Oregon) private detectives Clint McCall and Devon Malone each have a client who wants to catch a cheating spouse—and the clients are married to each other! That should be complication enough, but pretty soon there are dead bodies, a local crime boss, out-of-town gangsters, and nasty young punks all thrown... read more

Decease and Desist (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 2)

Glenn Harris

Clint McCall and rival PI Devon Malone are together again, this time on a case that grows from the embarrassing but minor theft of a friend’s key ring to a series of killings and kidnappings that could include one or both of them before they’re done. If that’s not enough, life throws in a landlord who thinks his mother-in-law may be trying to kill him, an old enemy coming back around to ask fo... read more

Clint McCall and rival PI Devon Malone are together again, this time on a case that grows from the embarrassing but minor theft of a friend’s key ring to a series of killings and kidnappings that could include one or both of them before they’re done. If that’s not enough, life throws in a landlord who thinks his mother-in-law may be trying to kill him, an old enemy coming back around to ask fo... read more

One Deadly Game (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 3)

Glenn Harris

Private investigators Clint McCall and Devon Malone are just getting comfortable with their new agency when McCall suddenly finds himself on the run from the police, accused of sexual assault, kidnapping, and possibly murder. A new player is in town and he’s decided McCall and Malone will make the perfect pawns in his game–a game with millions of dollars and many lives at stake.

Private investigators Clint McCall and Devon Malone are just getting comfortable with their new agency when McCall suddenly finds himself on the run from the police, accused of sexual assault, kidnapping, and possibly murder. A new player is in town and he’s decided McCall and Malone will make the perfect pawns in his game–a game with millions of dollars and many lives at stake.

Dying of Desire (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 4)

Glenn Harris

Once again McCall and Malone are in jeopardy as they very tentatively explore a relationship. A young man named George Heatherly wants the two Portland, Oregon, private investigators to simply look into the finances of a local charitable organization involving his wife's family. Meanwhile, a friend of Clint's asks them to protect a young woman who has escaped the street life and doesn't want t... read more

Once again McCall and Malone are in jeopardy as they very tentatively explore a relationship. A young man named George Heatherly wants the two Portland, Oregon, private investigators to simply look into the finances of a local charitable organization involving his wife's family. Meanwhile, a friend of Clint's asks them to protect a young woman who has escaped the street life and doesn't want t... read more

Grave Reckoning (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 5)

Glenn Harris

The fifth book of the McCall-Malone Mystery series! As they try to cope with their own relationship, the past comes around to haunt both Clint McCall and Devon Malone: an old foe seeking revenge on McCall and an estranged relative seeking help from Malone. Meanwhile, they're hired by a woman to find her daughter who's been missing for more than a decade and might now be a member of a sinister ... read more

The fifth book of the McCall-Malone Mystery series! As they try to cope with their own relationship, the past comes around to haunt both Clint McCall and Devon Malone: an old foe seeking revenge on McCall and an estranged relative seeking help from Malone. Meanwhile, they're hired by a woman to find her daughter who's been missing for more than a decade and might now be a member of a sinister ... read more

Death Comes Around (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 6)

Glenn Harris

This is the long-awaited prequel to the series, the origin story of the McCall-Malone partnership! Portland PI Clint McCall runs into–and up against–Portland Police Detective Sergeant Devon Malone as they race to find a kidnapped young girl who may be in the hands of a killer.And that’s just the beginning of McCall's troubles, since his ex-wife has reappeared after an absence of years, apparen... read more

This is the long-awaited prequel to the series, the origin story of the McCall-Malone partnership! Portland PI Clint McCall runs into–and up against–Portland Police Detective Sergeant Devon Malone as they race to find a kidnapped young girl who may be in the hands of a killer.And that’s just the beginning of McCall's troubles, since his ex-wife has reappeared after an absence of years, apparen... read more

Mortal Vows (McCall - Malone Mystery Book 7)

Glenn Harris

It's a critical time in both the relationship and partnership of Clint McCall and Devon Malone. Malone has accepted McCall's proposal and they pick up one of their oddest cases ever: a client wants them to reassure her that her son is not a dangerous psychopath. Easier said than done.At the same time, old friends and lovers of Malone begin to die--and the deaths seem to be getting closer and c... read more

It's a critical time in both the relationship and partnership of Clint McCall and Devon Malone. Malone has accepted McCall's proposal and they pick up one of their oddest cases ever: a client wants them to reassure her that her son is not a dangerous psychopath. Easier said than done.At the same time, old friends and lovers of Malone begin to die--and the deaths seem to be getting closer and c... read more

Reversal of Beauty (The Second Side Series)

Cay Templeton

On her deathbed, Beast's governess makes him promise to save her spoiled daughter, Beauty, from herself. Beast is convinced that he can reform the cantankerous Beauty, and fall in love with him, saving him from his own curse of being a beast. This does not bode well for Beast's best friend and a servant in his castle, Camille, who has been in love with him for her entire life.Between Beauty's ... read more

On her deathbed, Beast's governess makes him promise to save her spoiled daughter, Beauty, from herself. Beast is convinced that he can reform the cantankerous Beauty, and fall in love with him, saving him from his own curse of being a beast. This does not bode well for Beast's best friend and a servant in his castle, Camille, who has been in love with him for her entire life.Between Beauty's ... read more

Stalked: The Conti Rose (The Second Side Series)

Cay Templeton

The 1st of the Stalked Trilogy, Lady Sarah Levine was just a young noble woman from the farm town of Ditrum. When an invitation is issued from the Duke Emrick of Baldwin for all the available maidens to attend a festival he is hosting at his castle. Being from the southlands the Duke’s top General is sent to escort her to the ball. The first morning is when things become askew-An odd old woman... read more

The 1st of the Stalked Trilogy, Lady Sarah Levine was just a young noble woman from the farm town of Ditrum. When an invitation is issued from the Duke Emrick of Baldwin for all the available maidens to attend a festival he is hosting at his castle. Being from the southlands the Duke’s top General is sent to escort her to the ball. The first morning is when things become askew-An odd old woman... read more

Gossip: The Evil Stepmother's Tale (The Second Side Series)

Cay Templeton

Isabella has made her story known to the world as the ever-famous “Cinderella.” Once she was made Queen, no one dared to question her fantastical tale.More importantly, no one ever asked her evil stepmother, the Countess De Leon, what really happened in the house those many years ago. They never heard about Isabella’s strange cleaning habits, her overly indulgent imagination, or who her fairy ... read more

Isabella has made her story known to the world as the ever-famous “Cinderella.” Once she was made Queen, no one dared to question her fantastical tale.More importantly, no one ever asked her evil stepmother, the Countess De Leon, what really happened in the house those many years ago. They never heard about Isabella’s strange cleaning habits, her overly indulgent imagination, or who her fairy ... read more

Stalked: The Eastern Passage

Cay Templeton

This is the 2nd book of the Stalked Trilogy. Jack is back and he has come for what is rightfully his!

This is the 2nd book of the Stalked Trilogy. Jack is back and he has come for what is rightfully his!

A Dance With Death: An Irish Soldier of Fortune at the Little Bighorn

Lance J. Dorrel

After a decorated career fighting battles that would become linchpins of history, Captain Myles Keogh decides his next campaign will be his last. Civilian life – and a love he never dared hope to find – await his safe return.A few Native American tribes stand stubbornly in the way of a United States eager to heal from civil war and hungry for Black Hills gold. Though the odds are long, one US ... read more

After a decorated career fighting battles that would become linchpins of history, Captain Myles Keogh decides his next campaign will be his last. Civilian life – and a love he never dared hope to find – await his safe return.A few Native American tribes stand stubbornly in the way of a United States eager to heal from civil war and hungry for Black Hills gold. Though the odds are long, one US ... read more

The Bane of Yoto (2nd Edition)

Joshua Viola, Nicholas Karpuk

From the seventeen-time award-winning author of Celldweller's Blackstar novel -- Joshua Viola -- comes the Limited Second Edition of The Bane of Yoto.What's new in the Second Edition?• Revised and Re-edited• Bonus Prequel "Bloodmoon" by NY Times bestselling author Keith Ferrell• 20 + Pages of art• Map of NeosSome say the Arbitrators existed long before the world was born. Others believe their ... read more

From the seventeen-time award-winning author of Celldweller's Blackstar novel -- Joshua Viola -- comes the Limited Second Edition of The Bane of Yoto.What's new in the Second Edition?• Revised and Re-edited• Bonus Prequel "Bloodmoon" by NY Times bestselling author Keith Ferrell• 20 + Pages of art• Map of NeosSome say the Arbitrators existed long before the world was born. Others believe their ... read more

Luna One

Joshua Viola

Forty years ago, Eddie was an astronaut poised to be one of the blessed few to walk on the Moon, but budget cuts and the shifting whims of politics denied him the only dream to bring meaning to his life.Now, he's an old man, living alone in a house full of space memorabilia, with just his resentments and a huge telescope to keep him company.Every day, gravity pulls him closer to Earth's final ... read more

Forty years ago, Eddie was an astronaut poised to be one of the blessed few to walk on the Moon, but budget cuts and the shifting whims of politics denied him the only dream to bring meaning to his life.Now, he's an old man, living alone in a house full of space memorabilia, with just his resentments and a huge telescope to keep him company.Every day, gravity pulls him closer to Earth's final ... read more

Nightmares Unhinged: Twenty Tales of Terror

Joshua Viola, Steve Rasnic Tem, Mario Acevedo, Edward Bryant, Stephen Graham Jones, Jeanne Stein, Jason Heller, Warren Hammond, Gary Jonas

Nightmares come in many forms. Some rend the veil of sleep with heart-stopping madness. Others defy sanity to leave a helpless corner of your mind twitching for release. Sometimes, hours after waking, a nightmare drifts across your memory, tainting your day with wisps of discomfort. NIGHTMARES UNHINGED reveals horror in all its mutable forms—abject to absurd—through twenty tales of terror in t... read more

Nightmares come in many forms. Some rend the veil of sleep with heart-stopping madness. Others defy sanity to leave a helpless corner of your mind twitching for release. Sometimes, hours after waking, a nightmare drifts across your memory, tainting your day with wisps of discomfort. NIGHTMARES UNHINGED reveals horror in all its mutable forms—abject to absurd—through twenty tales of terror in t... read more

Boomer and Friends!

Joshua Viola

Boomer the bison might wish he had other bison friends and family, but he does have a lot of fun with his different prairie pals! When trouble comes prowling, Boomer discovers something special about himself...and that he has all the family he needs.

Boomer the bison might wish he had other bison friends and family, but he does have a lot of fun with his different prairie pals! When trouble comes prowling, Boomer discovers something special about himself...and that he has all the family he needs.

Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era

Matthew Wayne Selznick

April 18, 1985 – A startling revelation shocks a world already wound tight by the desperate tensions of the Cold War: super-humans exist... and they demand autonomy. Until that day, high school sophomore Nate Charters thought he was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism could have made him something special, but his... read more

April 18, 1985 – A startling revelation shocks a world already wound tight by the desperate tensions of the Cold War: super-humans exist... and they demand autonomy. Until that day, high school sophomore Nate Charters thought he was just an outsider and self-proclaimed freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive metabolism could have made him something special, but his... read more

Pilgrimage: A Novel of the Sovereign Era

Matthew Wayne Selznick

The Charters Duology concludes as the Sovereign Era continues!April, 1986 - On the eve of the first anniversary of the Donner Declaration, as tensions rise between humanity and the metahuman, super-powered Sovereigns, fathers and sons face desperate choices.Nate Charters (Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era) struggles with his increasingly tenuous control over his temper and his powe... read more

The Charters Duology concludes as the Sovereign Era continues!April, 1986 - On the eve of the first anniversary of the Donner Declaration, as tensions rise between humanity and the metahuman, super-powered Sovereigns, fathers and sons face desperate choices.Nate Charters (Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era) struggles with his increasingly tenuous control over his temper and his powe... read more

The Sovereign Era: Year One

Jared Axelrod, J. R. Blackwell, P. G. Holyfield, J. C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, Nathan Lowell, Matt Wallace, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Matthew Wayne Selznick

This seven-story anthology from creator Matthew Wayne Selznick is a glimpse into the first year of the Sovereign Era, that period in the late 20th century when the appearance of individuals with remarkable abilities rocked the delicate Cold War balance of power and forever altered the course of human destiny.The Sovereign Era began in April of 1985 (as depicted in "Brave Men Run -- A Novel of ... read more

This seven-story anthology from creator Matthew Wayne Selznick is a glimpse into the first year of the Sovereign Era, that period in the late 20th century when the appearance of individuals with remarkable abilities rocked the delicate Cold War balance of power and forever altered the course of human destiny.The Sovereign Era began in April of 1985 (as depicted in "Brave Men Run -- A Novel of ... read more

The World Revolves Around You: A Tale of the Sovereign Era

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Tony Fallow has a sticky problem… everything that isn’t bolted down wants to literally be near him! Fearing he must be one of the Sovereign, a remarkable new minority of super-powered people who recently revealed themselves, Tony travels to the Donner Institute for Sovereign Studies with hopes of being cured.But as he tells his story to a human doctor working at the Institute, the boorish Tony... read more

Tony Fallow has a sticky problem… everything that isn’t bolted down wants to literally be near him! Fearing he must be one of the Sovereign, a remarkable new minority of super-powered people who recently revealed themselves, Tony travels to the Donner Institute for Sovereign Studies with hopes of being cured.But as he tells his story to a human doctor working at the Institute, the boorish Tony... read more

The News From Bewilder Pond: A Tale of the Sovereign Era

Matthew Wayne Selznick

It's the Sovereign Era, when the sudden appearance of men and women with remarkable powers -- Sovereigns -- changes the course of history and threatens the balance of power in the late 20th century... but not every incident involving metahumans has global significance. Some stories are more... homespun.Harrison Wheeler's folksy "The News From Bewilder Pond" public radio show ran from 1974 unti... read more

It's the Sovereign Era, when the sudden appearance of men and women with remarkable powers -- Sovereigns -- changes the course of history and threatens the balance of power in the late 20th century... but not every incident involving metahumans has global significance. Some stories are more... homespun.Harrison Wheeler's folksy "The News From Bewilder Pond" public radio show ran from 1974 unti... read more

Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators Volume One: Star, Planet, Moon

Matthew Wayne Selznick

This concise first volume of Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators provides straightforward guidance on how to model the astronomical elements of an Earth-like planet for your storyworld setting.Author and storyworld creator Matthew Wayne Selznick ("Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era") explains the science and helps you through the (basic) math required to......Select... read more

This concise first volume of Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators provides straightforward guidance on how to model the astronomical elements of an Earth-like planet for your storyworld setting.Author and storyworld creator Matthew Wayne Selznick ("Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era") explains the science and helps you through the (basic) math required to......Select... read more

Reading The Amazing Spider-Man Volume One: A Critical Review With Storytelling Lessons From A Writer's Perspective

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Take a fun, critical, issue-by-issue tour of the first twelve issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, the comicbook that launched one of the most enduring characters in modern mythology. Along the way, learn valuable lessons about storytelling, storyworlds, and episodic fiction that will enhance the way you look at stories in all media... and change your perspective whether you're a writer, a comic ... read more

Take a fun, critical, issue-by-issue tour of the first twelve issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, the comicbook that launched one of the most enduring characters in modern mythology. Along the way, learn valuable lessons about storytelling, storyworlds, and episodic fiction that will enhance the way you look at stories in all media... and change your perspective whether you're a writer, a comic ... read more

Four Stories

Matthew Wayne Selznick

The first short story collection from Matthew Wayne Selznick focuses on revelations of clarity and epiphanies of character in the face of emotional challenges.Also included are brief essays exploring the formative experiences and memories that inspired each short story, making this collection Matthew Wayne Selznick's most personal creative work to date.The Stories:The collection opens with “Yo... read more

The first short story collection from Matthew Wayne Selznick focuses on revelations of clarity and epiphanies of character in the face of emotional challenges.Also included are brief essays exploring the formative experiences and memories that inspired each short story, making this collection Matthew Wayne Selznick's most personal creative work to date.The Stories:The collection opens with “Yo... read more

Cloak (Protector Book 1)

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Shattered by family tragedies, Harry Turpin does his best to lead a life of mediocrity, sheltering himself from strong emotion and the risks of love and commitment. When his girlfriend dumps him for a snide would-be magician, Harry's life begins to take a very strange turn. As the mysteries about his family and his own stunted emotional growth begin to mount, Harry has to do something to shrug... read more

Shattered by family tragedies, Harry Turpin does his best to lead a life of mediocrity, sheltering himself from strong emotion and the risks of love and commitment. When his girlfriend dumps him for a snide would-be magician, Harry's life begins to take a very strange turn. As the mysteries about his family and his own stunted emotional growth begin to mount, Harry has to do something to shrug... read more

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