About the Author

Todd Glasscock is a freelance journalist, arts and entertainment writer, business writer, and editor. He also writes fiction. His most recent fiction publications include a sketch in From Planet Texas, With Love and Aliens and a story in Bewildering Stories. His first short story publications were online at Pindeldyboz.com. Besides fiction, he writes book reviews, articles, and marketing material for various magazines and businesses. He began his professional writing career at the Temple Daily Telegram in Temple, Texas, where he worked for nine years as a reporter and lifestyles editor.

In addition, he has taught writing and literature at the community college level, served as editor for a textbook publisher, and worked as a document writer for a sale-side investment advisory firm. He also likes to speak about writing.

A graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos with a master’s degree in English, Todd lives in Texas.

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    • I think you would enjoy them, given that it looks as if you’re a narrative nonfiction writer. Plus, Harrison’s essays are just good companions.

  2. I’m writing on behalf of the online-only literary quarterly, Wag’s Revue. I had stumbled upon your blog because of your discussion of Lee Gutkind from today because our publication just published an interview with him (www.wagservue.com). I also noticed your sidebar of online publications, and hope you’ll give ours a look and see if you wouldn’t mind adding it to your list. We devote as much space to nonfiction as fiction and poetry, and I would also venture to go as far as we are publishing some really great nonfiction (this issue features essays in four media: written, audio, graphic and video). We are also currently holding a writer’s contest, and the best submission in each genre will receive $500 a piece and publication (all details at: http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit.php).
    Founded this Spring, Wag’s Revue seeks to marry the control and form of a traditional printed magazine with the freedoms of online distribution and multimedia expression. We’re released on the quarterly, and feature original fiction, poetry and nonfiction, as well as “interviews with waggish luminaries of our day,” (so far, in addition to Mr. Gutkind, John D’Agata–if you’re interested in genre debates in nonfiction, it’s great interview to take a look at it, especially in great contrast to Lee, also George Saunders, T.C. Boyle, Wells Tower, and Dave Eggers). We’ve received a write-up in Poets & Writers, and much chatter around the blogosphere.
    I hope you’ll take a look, and perhaps give us a mention on your fabulously comprehensive site.

    Take Care,
    Sandra Allen

  3. Enjoyed your rejection slip saga-essay, Todd. Thanks for sharing the mirror I thought I viewed alone. Well written. Hack? Hardly! And, yes, there is a higher power.

  4. re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear Todd,

    I’m an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at johnmcummings@aol.com, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:


    My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher’s website:

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
    Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: “In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering–emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story “The Scratchboard Project” received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    John Michael Cummings

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