Haste born of impatience is a writer's second worst enemy. Hubris is the worst.
- Michael Neff
Michael is the founder and chief architect of Algonkian Writer Conferences including the famous and highly successful New York Pitch Conference.
Novels ushered to commercial publication via his Algonkian-method workshops include GRAVEMAIDENS by Kelly Coon, THE MANHATTAN PUZZLE by Laurence O'Bryan, THE WISDOM OF HAIR by Kim Boykin, ORPHAN 8 by Kim Van Alkemade, DARK TURNS by Cate Holahan, THE GOAT WOMAN OF LARGO BAY by Gillian Royes, and THE FICTION CLASS by Susan Breen, among dozens of others.
Agent deals and commercial novels involving Michael as development editor over the past several years include ON MAGGIE'S WATCH by Ann Garvin, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Eckel, THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton, THE BLACK PANTHERS by Gina Niccolo, DIE BACK by Richard Hacker, and KARMA CITY by Gardner Browning, among others.
Michael's first novel, a literary historical entitled ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, was published by Serving House Books, and an urban fantasy, MAGICIAN'S IMPOSSIBLE, was created and co-edited by him and published by Macmillan Books.
His latest novel, PIPER ROBBIN AND THE AMERICAN OZ MAKER (pseudonym Warwick Gleeson), was chosen by an editorial panel at Kirkus Reviews to be a Top 150 Best Book in their Fall Preview issue, 2019--both digital and print format. The novel was also an Amazon Best Seller in spring 2019. It's prequel, WORLD MAKER - THE ASCENSION OF ROMANOVA, won four national book awards for SFF, including first place in the Beverly Hills Book Awards.
Novels of his currently in production (author or co-author) include BEST SERVED DEADLY (a commercial women's thriller collaboration), BELISARIUS, WAR DRAGON OF ROME (historical fiction), and PIPER ROBBIN AND THE SHADOW BROKERS OF OZ (book III of the series).
Development Executive for AEI Films and Books (updated filmography at Wikipedia) which produces mainstream, HBO/Cinemax, and independent films, while also agenting best sellers. One of his AEI co-development projects, SISTER ISLANDS, is currently in production for a potential TV series. His screenplays, BIG SCARE HOUSE, CLIMBING THE FIRE, and BIG APPLE SHIH-TZU (When danger threatens, Shih-Tzu happens), are making the rounds in Hollywood.
Michael Neff's greatest satisfaction stems from helping dedicated fiction writers become commercially published. He is an author, teacher, agent, literary entrepreneur, and development editor as well. As a developmental editor for AEI, he is actively seeking high concept projects that can be transformed into films, television, or books. Agent deals and commercial novels involving him as a development editor over the past several years include ON MAGGIE'S WATCH by Ann Garvin, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Eckel, THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton, THE BLACK PANTHERS by Gina Niccolo, DIE BACK by Richard Hacker, KARMA CITY by Gardner Browning, and WAR OF THE WORLD MAKERS by Reilly Michaels, among others.
Michael publishes and edits the literary journalDel Sol Review, and his own work has appeared in such literary journals as the North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Literary Review, American Way Magazine, and Conjunctions. He was one of the winners of the first Imitation William Faulkner Contest sponsored by the University of Mississippi, and has served as judge for various writing contests, including the Writer's Digest Finalist Prize for best short fiction.