The Powers That Be

Editor in Chief

Alyssa Waugh 

947001_849115515214485_7913703764266716941_nAlyssa is a professor of writing at King’s College, holding an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in fiction.  She began freelance editing independently and then became a copy editor for Etruscan Press. She is also a manuscript reader for the James Jones Novel Fellowship and instructs fiction writing workshops at Wilkes University. Alyssa has had short stories published in Beyond Science Fiction Literary Magazine and won first place in’s Running Scared horror story competition. She is most interested in sci-fi and young adult stories, strong female characters and diverse casts of characters. However, she will read anything that is well-written and has an engaging voice. You can learn more about her at


Managing Editor

Robert Antinozzi


Robert is a technical writer holding an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in fiction. He is a freelance editor who also copy edits for Etruscan Press. Robert is a manuscript reader for the James Jones Novel Fellowship and a fiction workshop instructor at Wilkes University. Mysteries and thrillers are among his favorite stories but he enjoys anything with strong characters that are always driving the plot forward. He is also interested in literary fiction.



Linda Nguyen 

LindaBWLinda is a video game writer at Ubisoft Montreal. She has worked on the Watch Dogs and Far Cry brands. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing with a focus on fiction and screenwriting. She was a graduate assistant and editor at Kaylie Jones Books, and she has short stories published with Ricepaper Magazine, Y.A.R.N., and Sassafras, just to name a few. She’s got a soft spot for cyberpunk themes, but what she really loves are stories with an engaging premise, an authentic voice, genuine emotions, complex characters, and psychological trips. The world also needs diverse books and she’s all for it.

Jasmine Bolen


Jasmine Bolen is a high school English teacher holding an M.A. in creative writing with a concentration in fiction. She is a freelance editor and writer. Jasmine has published short stories in Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine. She is interested in YA fiction, romance, new adult, science fiction, and fantasy. She is also interested in stories with strong female leads and funny situations. Jasmine is an avid reader and will pursue anything that is well-written and entertaining.

Déborah Makuma


Déb is a writing instructor at Arizona State University and a novelist who recently published her first book, Chasing Freedom. She has an M.A. in Fiction and writes a blog at  Deb is mostly interested in fiction and prefers Women’s fiction (but not erotica), Christian fiction, or any African/African-American fiction. She is looking for stories that pull her in with a unique voice and story line.  You can learn more about her at

Graphic Designers & Illustrators

Luke Spooner 

Luke Spooner holds a First Class degree in illustration from the University of Portsmouth. His current projects and commissions include illustrations, both interior and exterior for magazines, books, graphic novels, album artwork for bands, children’s books, e-book covers as well as the occasional poster for various events like festivals or book conventions. Luke also recently illustrated, as part of an anthology, stories by Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker (‘Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories’ released through Crystal Lake Publishing) and another anthology containing a story by Stephen King (‘You, Human’ released through Dark Regions Press). He has also recently been appointed as the house illustrator at Gamut Magazine. Although his work has a unique style, he is actively seeking out projects that force him out of his comfort zone and enjoys having a constant stream of challenges coming his way, as he sees them as opportunities to grow as an artist. Luke believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a significant responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures. You can peruse some of Luke’s work at, and to see some of his illustrations for younger audiences, you can visit

Samantha Snyder

Samantha is a full-time Art Director at a marketing and communications firm with degrees in both Art & Art History and Digital Communications. While she specializes in design marketing, her work expands to digital art including illustrations. Her style mimics those of a light, fun and airy nature – perfect for children’s books! She likes a simple approach with work focusing on an almost cartoonish nature and even photo image manipulation. Her work also expands into knowledge of production and layout for the print production process. Samantha believes that good design adds value and, when accompanying your printed words, strengthens both pieces and becomes highly memorable. Feel free to visit her online portfolio (specializing in design, communication and marketing) for more information:

Alban Fischer

Alban Fischer has designed over 200 fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books for more than 50 presses, including Sarabande Books, Curbside Splendor, YesYes Books, Verso, Columbia University Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Bellevue Literary Press, OR Books, and 826. Notable projects include works by Stephen Dixon, Barry Gifford, Norman Lock, Samantha Irby, Danez Smith, Kimiko Hahn, Stephen Graham Jones, and Megan Stielstra. Alban approaches every project with the understanding that each book is unique, with its own objectives and complexities, and aims to create a design that is wholly relevant, evocative, and satisfies the needs of both author and publisher. You can can find his work online at or