Spring 2017 Update

Hello world! A lot has happened since my last update.

First, as a PSA, I wanted to let everyone know that for the foreseeable future, I’m contracted as Bottle Cap Publishing’s sole editor, which means I don’t have a lot of time for additional projects. I still encourage people to contact me if they are looking for a genre editor, as I sometimes have time between BCP projects where I can take on a one-off project now and then. Just don’t take it personally if I have to turn you down. I’ve had to say no to some really stunning prose and fascinating worlds the last year, and it always breaks my heart. I wish there were more hours in the day! I would edit All The Novels.

Ok! On to new releases!

I’ve had several since my last update. R.L. Naquin has been busy. Most notable is Uninspired Muse, the third and final book in the Muse trilogy of the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency, is now available. I’ve linked Amazon here, but it’s also available anywhere ebooks are sold. Print copies will be available on Amazon soon.

If you haven’t picked up these books yet, you should definitely check them out, especially now that Wynter’s arc is complete. There has also been rumor of BCP putting out a box set of the trilogy later this year, so if you’d rather get all three at once, hold off for now. I’ll announce the box set when it comes.

Although if you can’t wait, go buy them now. This trilogy has one of the most satisfying endings of any trilogy I’ve ever read.

Aside from putting out book three of the Muse trilogy, R.L. Naquin has been busy pushing out several novella-length stories. She has a total of three Undercover Gorgon stories out, with at least two more in the works for this year. I have to be honest…Patrice is my favorite Mt. Olympus character, so I love these.

She also has a novella from the Cupid department at Mt. Olympus, Emergency Cupid. It’s part of the Kindle World Dallas Fire & Rescue, and has a hint of romance, as the department might imply. She has two more of these up her sleeve, and I’m excited to get my hands on them.

Last but not least, the second book in the Village Alchemist series by Kevin Wohler, The Alchemist’s Stone, should come out later this year.

This one will be well worth the wait, friends. Kevin’s been hard at work making sure everything is perfect.

Thanks for tuning in for this update! With all the upcoming projects waiting for me in the wings, I’ll be sure to update more often. I work with a great list of authors, and we always work to put out the best possible products.

Thanks for your support. Take care and talk to you soon!

The Alchemist’s Notebook

TheAlchemistsNotebook-6-200x300Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since my last update, but I have exciting news! The long-awaited debut novel from Kevin Wohler is finally here!

Go pick up your copy of the first book in The Village Alchemist series, The Alchemist’s Notebook, put out by Bottle Cap Publishing earlier this month, and edited by yours truly.

This series is the next Dresden Files, friends. It’s full of magic and mystery, humor and heart, and plenty of action and adventure. Wohler’s world, where the three branches of magic–sorcery, alchemy, and mysticism–are as well-known as the three branches of science–physics, chemistry, and biology. The protagonist, Malcolm Ward, is a somewhat lapsed alchemist who has to get back into practice when the mayor’s son is killed by a fire elemental.

Or so they thought.

The Alchemist’s Notebook is currently available in paperback and ebook on Amazon, and other platforms will come soon.

Over the next few months, I will be working on more Undercover Gorgon stories and the final installment in the Muse trilogy (Uninspired Muse) from R.L. Naquin, so be on the lookout for those!

Unamused Muse now available!

unamusedR.L. Naquin is back with the second book in her new Mt. Olympus Employment Agency series. I had the pleasure of editing this gem. This is such a fun world, and both Rachel and Bottle Cap Publishing are great to work with.

So if you like Greek mythology and urban fantasy, go read the second Muse book, Unamused Muse, to see what Wynter is up to in the Underworld. It’s currently available in ebook but will be in print sometime in the next few weeks.

The third and final book of Wynter’s trilogy should be out early next year, so you won’t have to wait too long for the exciting conclusion!

Unfinished Muse in paperback

Hi everyone!

Unfinished Muse, the first book in R.L. Naquin’s brand new series, is now available in paperback on Amazon.com!

If you haven’t already, you should definitely sign up for Rachel’s newsletter. She is going to have a few local convention appearances over the next year, where she will be selling and signing copies of this gorgeous book (along with copies of Transmonstrified and her Monster Haven books). She also makes other important announcements and often sends free stories this way, as well. No worries, she won’t spam you.

Rachel is working hard on the next book in the Muse series, Unamused Muse, so look for that to arrive sometime later this year (we’re aiming for a late October or early November release). I’ll post another update when she does her cover reveal.

Unfinished Muse now available in ebook!

unnamedI’ve been quiet for the last month or so, working hard on some projects for you all. I finally have permission to announce that R.L. Naquin’s first book in her new Mt. Olympus Employment Agency series is now available for purchase electronically! Run over to Amazon to get a copy of Unfinished Muse. It is also available at Barnes and Noble, if you are a Nook person. I believe it’s also available on Smashwords at this time.

In equally exciting news, this series will also be available in paperback! The hard copy version of Unfinished Muse should be available in a few short weeks. I will post an update when it’s available for purchase, if you’re more of a tactile person. I know I am! I can’t wait to add it to my “books I’ve edited” bookshelf.

I have read this book three times throughout the various stages of editing, and I still love every minute of it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like they’ve hit rock bottom or just aren’t sure what they are doing with their life. It is a great coming into oneself novel, with a little magic and mystery thrown in. There’s even a little bit of romance. Enjoy it!

Slow Boat to Fast City anthology now available

I had the honor of wrangling the stories of this anthology into their now-beautiful shape. I collaborated with editor Sean Demory, whose brainchild this project was. He unmasked it at ConQuesT over Memorial Day weekend, and from what I hear, it was very well-received.

Sean has created a small press called Pine Float Press, and he hopes to put out many more titles with his roving band of authors.

Check out their Tumblr page, which has details on how you can get your hands on a copy of this little science fiction anthology if you weren’t at ConQuesT this past weekend. It also tracks where the authors of Pine Float Press can be found and what they are working on next.

I look forward to working with Sean and Pine Float Press again soon.


Hey, if you are going to be in the Kansas City area Memorial Day weekend, you should stop by the Marriott Downtown and explore the wonders of ConQuest 46! It’s a three-day science fiction and fantasy convention that draws writers, editors, publishers, artists, and fans from all over. This year, the guests of honor include Brandon Sanderson (my latest author crush) and George R.R. Martin.

I will be there, too, with my posse of writers I edit for: Jack Campbell, Jr., R.L. Naquin, and Sean Demory. All of us will be participating on various panels throughout the weekend. Kevin Wohler from Bottle Cap Publishing will be there, as well, but I don’t think he’s doing any panels this year.

So don’t be shy. Come say hello! I promise I won’t force one of my business cards on you unless you ask for it.


Interviewed by the Johnson County Library

I’m excited to share that the Johnson County Library gave me fifteen minutes of fame! They interviewed me about what it’s like to be a freelance editor and posted my answers on their blog.

You can read my answers on the Read Local section here.

The interview was a ton of fun to do, and I feel like a local celebrity! Editors don’t usually get much time in the spotlight, so this was a neat experience for me.

All Manner of Dark Things collection available!

allmannercoverfinalDark fiction author Jack Campbell, Jr. has been working hard to promote his collection, All Manner of Dark Things, online and at local bookstores in Lawrence, KS. It was put out by Bottle Cap Publishing at the beginning of this month.

I had the privilege of editing this collection of short stories, and there is some powerful stuff in here. The writing is at times gritty and real and other times lyrically beautiful. There’s even some dark humor and fantasy in this collection, as well. It’s wonderful to see such a wide range of storytelling ability coming from one author. I definitely encourage you to check this out. With so many dark tales to choose from, I believe there is something for everyone inside.

The book is available on Kindle and in paperback exclusively on Amazon.com. If you are a Prime member, you can read it for free through the Kindle Unlimited program. Also, if you’d like an autographed copy, you can order one through his Square store here.

I suspect that this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from Jack Campbell, Jr. I think this is the modest beginning of a prolific writing career.

ACES Conference

I’m traveling to Pittsburgh, PA next week to attend the American Copy Editors Society annual conference. They’re sending me as part of my professional development for work. I’ll be traveling with an entourage of colleagues from the day job. It should be a good time.

The panels sound exciting, and I’ve never traveled for work before. It should be a fun learning experience. If you know any editors that will be there or are planning to attend yourself, shoot me an email! Maybe we can find time to get together.

See you next time.