Author Archives: maxmccoy

About maxmccoy

Novelist and journalist. Author of a few books. Won some awards. Plays guitar. Writing a biography of the Arkansas River and some other stuff. Teaches at Emporia State. Director of the Ad Astra Writers Conference.

A difficult decision

Dear Ad Astra Writers Conference registrants, fans, and followers: I have some sad news to share. Because of low registration, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Ad Astra conference. This is disappointing, I know, but as … Continue reading

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Early registration deadline alert

Early registration for Ad Astra ends Sunday, so if you’re thinking of signing up for our conference and want to save a few bucks, now’s the time to do it. Register online here. Rather pay by check? Contact us at cgps@emporia.edu … Continue reading

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Mr. D’Auria will take your pitches now.

I‘m pleased to relay the news that Don D’Auria, who is one of the best-respected horror editors in the field, has taken a position with Flame Tree Publishing. In addition to his other duties at the Ad Astra conference, Don … Continue reading

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The other side of the page

Today in The New York Times is an excellent piece by Bret Stephens offering advice to aspiring op-ed writers. Stephens is a columnist, and much of his counsel is aimed at those who’d like a job like his. “The purpose … Continue reading

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A Twain pilgrimage

 A little more than a week ago, I stood on a spot that might be regarded as sacred in American letters. The little clearing in front of me is the spot at Quarry Farm outside Elmira, in upstate New York, … Continue reading

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A Writer at Work, No. 1

I‘m often asked how I work. While the answer varies with what I’m writing, and at what stage of the process, a few things hold true throughout. This photo represents one of them: chaos. I had wanted to use this … Continue reading

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How to get the most from a conference

Here’s a link to a Writers’ Digest blog about how to get the most from a writing conference. It offers some good, general advice. I especially like be courteous, make connections and be realistic. A conference is one of the … Continue reading

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