2nd Draft Critique Short Story Editors
Jack Adler has been a fulltime freelance writer since 1974, drawing upon his previous business experience for his writing specialties: travel, health, recreation and leisure articles. A fulltime job as feature editor of Travel Weekly helped lead Jack to becoming a columnist, on a freelance basis, for the travel section of the Los Angeles Times for 15 years; he wrote two columns: Consumer Report and Bargain Corner.
John DeChancie is the author of two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction. His novels in the science fiction and fantasy genres have been attracting a wide readership for more than fifteen years, and over a million copies of his books have seen print, many in foreign languages. His humorous fantasy series, beginning with Castle Perilous, became a best seller for Berkley/Ace. Booklist described John’s novel MagicNet (William Morrow) as “a welcome sigh of comic relief…shamelessly droll, literate, and thoroughly entertaining.
Gloria Kempton has two passions: writing and working with writers. As the daughter of a successful freelance writer, she understood from an early age how to arrange the elements of an effective story so as to connect with readers: an action-filled plot, characters the reader will remember, a setting that enhances the plot, conflict that challenges the protagonist, tension-filled dialogue.
The writing career of romance novelist Terri Valentine is truly a Cinderella story. An avid reader all of her life, she began writing her first historical romance in the summer of 1985 on an old Smith-Corona manual typewriter. Of course it had several keys that stuck, and invariably every time she made even minor changes the entire manuscript had to be completely retyped. In spite of such adversities, she believed in herself and finished that first valiant effort, and then went on to revise her manuscript several times before satisfied.
Carolyn Walker began writing at age ten, has been a published journalist, columnist and author for more than twenty-five years, and has worked independently as an editor. She also received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing in 2004 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.Carolyn’s work has recently appeared in such publications as Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Hunger Mountain.
During high school and college, Steve Mertz regularly scandalized his “literary, well-intentioned” creative writing teachers with “thud and blunder melodramas.” Throughout military service, travel, and a wide variety of jobs, his goal remained to become a publishing, full-time freelance professional. “It was never a question for me of if, but always when. His first national sale was to a mystery magazine, and his first novel, a detective thriller entitled Some Die Hard, was published under the pseudonym of Stephen Brett.
Dr. Cherri Randall is the author of The Memory of Orchids (novel, 2011 Cyberwit) and was a finalist in Clapboard House’s Best of the House 2011 Short Story Contest and was a finalist for Skywater Publishing Sol’s Books short story collection in 2009. Her short stories have appeared in Blood Lotus, Lake Effect, Paradigm, The Fertile Source, Blue Earth Review, Permafrost Review, The Potomac Review, Colere, and Bewildering Stories. She was the recipient of the Baucum Fulkerson Fiction Award at the University of Arkansas where she completed an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English Literature.