A reader since age five, a writer since age seven, a published writer since twelve and a paid published writer since nineteen, Mike Robinson's work has been featured in publications here and abroad, including Storyteller, Northwoods Anthology, Wondrous Web Worlds Anthology, ClonePod.org, Aoife's Kiss, Midnight Times, Wash: The Journal of Otis College of Art & Design, and more.
In early 2012 his novel Skunk Ape Semester debuted from Solstice Publishing and was a Science Fiction/Fantasy Finalist in the Next Generation Independent Book Awards.
A charter member of The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, Mike also helms Literary Landscapes, the society's official magazine, which publishes member work in the areas of short stories, poetry, book excerpts and nonfiction articles. Since founding a freelance editing business in 2010, he has worked extensively on memoirs, novels, screenplays and even epic poetry (neat that people still write that, huh?).
As can be gleaned from the books sagging his shelves or from his own work, genre-wise his tastes run the gamut. However, he is most at home in speculative fiction, the umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy (preferably urban or paranormal) and horror.
For the conference, Mike will read ten manuscripts no longer than 2500 words in length for work in the Science Fiction, Thriller, Spiritual/Metaphysical and Literary categories. He will provide both line editing (language flow, style, grammar, syntax) and developmental editing (plot and character logic, story structure). You won't find any MFA or Embittered Teacher Dogma here: possessing a bit of an experimental streak, he knows there are many, many ways a story can work, and so seeks to fully understand and appreciate the author's intention(s), and to edit within that framework to do justice to the original vision.