Joe Beernink


It’s seems like just a couple of hours ago we were sitting at tables in the main conference room listening to Jim Rollins’ excellent  keynote speech. I arrived home last night, completely exhausted and climbed straight into bed. Morning came too early. Highlights from yesterday include having dinner with Jason Black where we talked about the plots for our next books, meeting fellow soon-to-be-published author Andie Newton, and hearing about self-publishing through… Read More

This is the first time in the last 4 years that I am not attending the Annual PNWA Conference in Seattle. The PNWA Conference in 2009 was my first, and it truly launched me on the path to becoming a professional author. I mean, I had written a couple of novels by then, but they were bad novels. I had no idea of how the publishing world worked, nor did I know… Read More

I don’t read much middle grade fiction anymore. I read Gregor The Overlander by Susan Collins last year, and Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat, Middle grade fiction is a hard read for an adult. Young Adult Fiction these days is basically a book written for adults, but with teenage protagonists. I’m probably over-simplifying that a bit, but not a lot. Middle grade fiction is a different beast altogether. The reading… Read More

Today was a pretty big day for me:  I got the feedback regarding ‘The Forgotten Road’ from the Book Doctor (Freelance Editor) I hired.  Jason Black (@p2p_editor on Twitter) or is the man behind the report, and I must say I was very impressed. I was a little nervous at first about having a professional look at my work.  Lots of people have read various iterations of the book, but I’ve… Read More

I’ve added a new short story to my collection called ‘Under A Molten Sky’, a contest entry for the Wil Wheaton/John Scalzi Fan Fiction Contest to Benefit the Lupus Alliance of America. You can read the whole thing here. The contest winners won’t be announced until the end of the summer, but whether or not I win, I still enjoyed writing it. I am currently preparing for the 2010 PNWA Conference in… Read More