Due to his "Algonkian method" novel writing events and editorial expertise,
Michael Neff has ushered dozens of authors over the past several years
into agent and publication contracts with major houses, including such novels as On Maggie's Watch by Ann Garvin, Lipstick In
Afghanistan by Roberta Gately, Croak by Gina Damico, and The
Wisdom Of Hair by Kim Boykin. He routinely works closely with senior
publishing house editors in New York to locate and tap potential in budding
new authors working in a variety of genres including upmarket literary
and general fiction, serious and light women's fiction, narrative non-fiction,
historical fiction, mystery, SF and YA fantasy.
In literary circles, Michael is well known for his creation and direction
a popular Internet publisher and community portal for scores of writer
journals, indie presses, filmmakers, and poets. Since 1994, the site has
served content to millions of readers worldwide, and links lead to Web
del Sol content from over 500,000 other websites. Web del Sol has been
favorably featured or reviewed in everything from Chronicle of Higher
Education to Poets and Writers to the New York Times. Michael has also
created, directed, and contributed as editor to several literary journals
and projects including The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics, Del
Sol Review, In Posse Review, and Double Room.
Michael Neff's motto is From the heart, but smart. He preaches the art
of passion and rigorous training, frank feedback, and the mental toughness
necessary to become published. Michael himself is a published author (Year
Of The Rhinoceros, Red Hen Press), and his fiction has appeared in
such prestigious publications as North American Review, Quarterly West,
Mudlark, The Literary Review, and Conjunctions, among many others. He
is also the founder of a popular blog known as the Writer's Edge that
assists fiction writers in all stages from story conception to matters
of publicity, as well as the founder of The Robert Olen Butler Fiction
Prize for exceptional short stories.
Michael is looking for high concept stories in the genres noted above.