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Slushpile.net brings you the latest in books-and-publishing news, interviews with authors and industry pros, and assorted rants and cheers about literature. Launched in April 2005, the site provides writing tips and war stories from new authors and established publishing veterans alike to that you, with luck and determination, can escape the slush pile.

Thomas Scott McKenzie
Raised on a horse farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Scott McKenzie received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Mississippi. His work has appeared in Tin House, Premier Guitar, Stuff, Sync, Inked, Laptop, Articulate, The Daily Planet, Pen World, The Panhandler, the Wall Street Journal’s Managing Your Career publication, The Aethlon: Journal of Sport and Literature, and others.

He is a credited contributor to Neil Strauss’s #5 New York Times bestselling book Rules of the Game.

He is the co-author of The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales with Larry Harmon.

He is the author of Power Chord: One Man’s Ear-Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes. You can learn more about Scott’s background by visiting his personal website.

John Biggs
Raised in Ohio, John Biggs received a bachelor degree in information systems from Carnegie Mellon. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched gears and completed an economic reporting master’s from New York University. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Men’s Health, Popular Science, and many others.

Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, his online endeavors have included Gizmodo and The Stir. He is currently the Gadgets Editor for TechCrunch. He also runs the HourTime Podcast HourTime Podcast covering the world of fine wristwatches with Ariel Adams.

He is the author of Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age and Blogger’s Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog with Charlie White.

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In the interest of full disclosure, Scott’s books have been published by HarperCollins and he is currently under contract with the house. John’s books have been published by Apress and Focal Press.

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