Emily Colin’s debut novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She is also the author of THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER (Ballantine Books). Her young adult titles include the anthology WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES and the Seven Sins series, both from Blue Crow Publishing, as well as the anthology UNBOUND: STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION, LOVE, AND MONSTERS (Five Points Press), which was a Suspense Magazine “Best of” 2021 pick as well as a 2021 Foreword INDIES Award finalist.
SWORD OF THE SEVEN SINS, the first book in her Seven Sins series, was a Foreword INDIES Award finalist, the YA fiction winner of the North Carolina Indie Author Project, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy. SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SINS is a 2021 Foreword INDIES finalist and a silver IPPY Award winner.
Emily’s diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at a dolphin research center, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and working to facilitate community engagement in the arts. Currently, she finds joy in teaching classes for the Writers Workshop at Authors Publish and working as a freelance editor.
Originally from Brooklyn, Emily lives in coastal North Carolina with her family. You can find her trying to do yoga, with her nose buried in a book, or getting dragged down the block by her over-enthusiastic dog, Moo.
Marin Sardy is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia (Pantheon, 2019). Sardy’s book was excerpted in the New Yorker online and her essays have appeared in Tin House, Guernica, the Missouri Review, the Paris Review Daily, and many other journals, as well as in two award-winning photography books. Sardy has three times had her essays listed as “notable” in the Best American series and has been awarded residency fellowships at Hawthornden Castle and Catwalk Institute.
Daisuke Shen is a writer, editor, and instructor at Authors Publish. His novella FUNERAL, co-authored with Vi Khi Nao, is forthcoming January 2023 from KERNPUNKT Press. His work has been published in numerous journals, including Autostraddle, Southwest Review, The Asian American Literary Review, Joyland Magazine, Maudlin House, Hobart After Dark, and more. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2019, where he taught undergraduate creative writing courses for three years.
As a teacher, Daisuke is passionate about supporting his student’s visions for their writing and discusses the craft of fiction using different narrative traditions throughout the world. He is enthusiastic about providing them with resources, thoughtful feedback, and encouragement as they continue building their careers. You can read more of his work at www.daisukeshen.com.
John Claude Bemis
John Claude Bemis is an established children’s book author. His middle-grade trilogy, The Clockwork Dark was published by Penguin Random House. The Out of Abaton Series is being published by Disney-Hyperion Books. He is also the author of the picture book Flora and the Runaway Rooster, published in collaboration with Heifer International.
In addition to writing, John regularly visits elementary schools as a guest author. A former elementary school teacher, he is a winner of The Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-Chapel Hill.
As a teacher, his passion for sharing children’s literature with his students grew into a passion for writing, and, eventually, a successful publishing career.
He now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
Jennifer Givhan is the author of Trinity Sight and Jubilee, both published by Blackstone Publishing. She's also the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN/Rosenthal emerging voices.
She is represented by Laura Blake Petersen of the Curtis Brown Agency.
In addition to her novels, she's a widely published poet, with books out from University of Arizona Press and Wesleyan University Press.
Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Rumpus, Salon, The New Republic, POETRY, and The Boston Review.
She has two books forthcoming this year.
Emily Harstone is the pen-name of the author of many popular books for writers, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, The 2019 Guide to Manuscript Publishers, The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing, and Submit, Publish, Repeat.
Through these books, she has helped many writers connect with quality publishers for their books.
As a professional submissions adviser, she has helped many writers successfully place their work in literary journals.
Emily graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, then worked as a creative writing professor at Berkeley College in New York, as well as Seattle Pacific University.
She went on to become a co-founder of Authors Publish Magazine, where she regularly engages with the editors of literary journals.
Ella Peary is the pen name of an internationally published author and editor. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, she lived abroad in a monastery for five years where she served as an editor for Darshan Press and Inword Publishers.
She's edited writing published in The Huffington Post, and a number of full-length manuscripts she's edited have received major international awards, including The Best Graphic Novel of the Year (Comics Finlandia), The Montaigne Medal, and The National India Excellence Awards.
She's a columnist at Ruminate, and her writing is frequently translated for publication in Ananda, one of Europe's best-selling yoga magazines.
She is a long-time literary journal reviewer and editor at Authors Publish Magazine. She wrote The Author's Publish Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction.