Saturday, November 17, 2007

our swan song...

After six years of publication, articles in major newspapers and magazines, and solicitations from top agents and publishers, which have helped our writers score agents and book deals, I'm sad to announce that SSN will cease publication on 12.31.07. This was a very difficult decision for me to make, however, it was one that I felt was best for the journal. We will continue to publish reviews, interviews & features until the end of the year, and the site will remain online indefinitely. We will publish a final print issue in 2009. Subscriptions will be fulfilled.

I want to thank you all for your unwavering, wonderful support and for reading! I’d also like to extend a special thanks to my wonderful staff. SSN wouldn’t be where it is today without my incredible and devoted team of editors, reviewers, feature writers and readers. My humble thanks.

Cheers, Felicia C. Sullivan, Editor/Founder

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Writers Revealed 10.7.07 Serial Killers & Free Books!

An Absolute Gentleman An Absolute Gentleman is fiction, the memoir of self-confessed serial killer Arthur Blume, in prison for killing twelve, perhaps seventeen, women. He wishes to correct the media’s distorted view of him and his mother. He juxtaposes memories of his childhood in the hands of that loving, but psychotically cruel woman, with his more recent history as aging writer and itinerant instructor, and with observations about the nature of the world—no place for any creature. Offhandedly, he slips in horrors, some of which he endured, and others, perpetrated. While he’s a nice guy, champion of the insulted and outcast, he is also a monster who will, most certainly, strike.

Arthur Blume took shape from my association with murderer Robert Weeks in the mid-eighties, from lengthy research, including consultations with police officers, detectives, and psychologists. The Afterword to An Absolute Gentleman answers some anticipated questions about the inspiration for this novel.

Writers Revealed: R.M. Kinder About the Author: Rose Marie Kinder, who writes under the pen name of R.M. Kinder, won the 2005 University of Michigan prize for a collection of short stories titled A Near-Perfect Gift. Another of her short story collections, Sweet Angel Band, was awarded the Willa Cather Award in 1991. R.M. Kinder’s prose has also appeared in Other Voices, Short Stories, and The New York Times. She holds an MFA and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and currently resides in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Essential Links
Visit R.M. Kinder's website
BookStandard Review
Buy the Book!

Want to score a copy of An Absolute Gentleman? Leave your question for the author here, and if I use it on air, you'll receive a free book!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

SSN Contributors in the Best American series!

I'm incredibly pleased to announce that three of our authors have been recognized in the Best American series. Congrats to Scott Snyder ("Dumpster Tuesday") and Mia Alvar ("Roundabout") for their notable mentions in this year's Best American Short Stories. Click here to read their stories. Shari Goldhagen ("It's Really Called Nothing" ) has garnered a notable in this year's Best American Non Required Reading.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Publishing News for SSN Contributor Paul Yoon

Paul Yoon's debut collection, ONCE THE SHORE, will be published by
Sarabande Books in early 2009. The stories take place on an island off the
coast of South Korea and span the years between the 1940s and the present.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

SSN Reviewer Reese Kwon in Commentary Magazine

Check out Reese's work by clicking here

Monday, July 16, 2007

Writers Revealed 7.22.07 Matthew Sharpe/Jamestown

Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe Jamestown is a fantasia on the Jamestown settlement of 1607, the first viable English settlement in North America, set not in the past but in an indeterminate future, some years after an unspecified cataclysmic event. The U.S. has devolved into warring corporate city-states. The settlers, rather than setting out for Virginia from England on three ships in search of gold and a route to the Pacific, set out from Manhattan on an armored bus in search of fuel, food, and uncontaminated water.

About the Author: Matthew Sharpe's novel Jamestown was published this year by Soft Skull Press. He is also the author of the novels The Sleeping Father and Nothing Is Terrible, as well as the short-story collection Stories from the Tube. He has taught at Columbia University, New College of Florida, the MFA program at Bard College, and the Bronx Academy of Letters, and now teaches in the English department of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Writers Revealed: Matthew Sharpe Links
Sci Fi Weekly Review
Bookforum Review
Small Spiral Notebook Interview
Matthew Sharpe reads from Jamestown
Read an excerpt from Jamestown

Do you have a question for Matthew Sharpe? Leave your question in the comments field and if I use it on air, you'll score a free copy of Jamestown!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Announcing...The Fourth Comings Mini-Film Contest

Who: Fans of Jessica Darling, aspiring film-makers, obsessive vloggers,
or anyone who is creative with a camera

What: Create an original 3-minutes-or-under video that summarizes the action in Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings and Charmed Thirds

When: Starting right now, submissions are due by August 7th, 2007 (aka the on-sale date of Fourth Comings)

Where: Post your video on YouTube with the tags Fourth Comings, Megan McCafferty, then email Megan McCafferty the link:

Why: To bring new and forgetful readers up to speed on the action leading up to Fourth Comings. The director of the best video will win a customized Fourth Comings tote bag, containing The Megan McCafferty Collection, including (but not limited to) autographed copies of all the Jessica Darling novels and other books she's contributed to, audio books, and an original You, Yes, You T-shirt

How: Dramatic reading! Music video! Interpretive dance! Anime! Finger-puppet theater! However you want to express long as the video is under three minutes and complies with YouTube's Terms of Use

Megan McCafferty will blog about the most entertaining videos as they come in. Have fun! 

Visit the author's website

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Book Reviews!

Have you been checking out our reviews section? It's updated weekly!

Writers Revealed: 7.1 Sin in the Second City

Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history—and a catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago’s notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club’s proprietors, two aristocratic (or so they said) sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, attracted the elites of the world with their opulent parlors and stunning courtesans. While lesser whorehouses specialized in deflowering virgins, beatings and bondage, the Everleighs spoiled their harlots with couture gowns, gourmet meals and extraordinary salaries. Not everyone appreciated the sisters’ attempts to elevate the industry. Rival madams hatched numerous schemes to ruin the Everleighs, including attempts to frame them for murder. But the sisters' most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who whipped the entire country into a frenzy with lurid tales of “white slavery.” It was a furor that shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, even leading to the formation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a cast of characters that includes Jack Johnson, John Barrymore, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Theodore Dreiser, William Howard Taft, and Al Capone, Sin in the Second City is Karen Abbott’s portrait of the maverick Everleigh sisters, their world-famous Club, and the perennial clash between our hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots.

Writers Revealed: Karen Abbott Karen Abbott worked as a journalist on the staffs of Philadelphia magazine and Philadelphia Weekly, and has written for Salon and other publications. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives with her husband in Atlanta, where she’s at work on her next book for Random House, a portrait of Gypsy Rose Lee and Depression-era New York City. Visit her at

Want to score a free copy of SIN? Simply leave a question for the author here and if we use it on the air, you'll win a free copy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Writers Revealed: Virtual Book Club

Have you thought about joining a book club but grew tired of the drama, the scheduling, the shrieking: I HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK YET!? Afraid to commit to a monthly book club but want to check out a few new books? Want to chat with today's most buzzworthy authors, LIVE? From the comfort of your own home? Well, pull up a chair, put on a pot of tea and charge your phone, because Writers Revealed will launch the WR Virtual Book Club.

Each month you'll have the opportunity to chat live with one of our authors and score a free book in the process.

We're kicking off our Virtual Book Club on August 5, 2007 with Meredith Hall, author of Without a Map and in September, we'll be chatting with Dani Shapiro, author of Black and White

There is no commitment to the club - you pick and choose which live chats you want to participate in, and we'll send you a copy of the book a month in advance of the chat date.

Interested? Leave a comment on the WR website or send an email to writersrevealed -at- writersrevealed -dot- com with the subject line: VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Writers Revealed Site Launch

Check out my new venture: Writers Revealed. Chat with today's most buzzworthy authors, LIVE, and score some free books in the process.