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Harrison Demchick

Harrison Demchick Harrison Demchick is the writer and executive producer of film Ape Canyon (2019) and author of nove Before the plague, and the quarantine, fourteen-year-old Daniel Raymond had only heard of the Listeners.

They were a gang, or at least that’s what his best friend Katie’s police officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters—deadly men clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears. That’s what Daniel had heard. But he didn’t know. He didn’t know much in those early days. He didn’t know how the plague began, but then, no one did. The doctors and emergency medical personnel s

They were a gang, or at least that’s what his best friend Katie’s police officer father had said. They were criminals, thieves, monsters—deadly men clearly identifiable by the removal of their right ears. That’s what Daniel had heard. But he didn’t know. He didn’t know much in those early days. He didn’t know how the plague began, but then, no one did. The doctors and emergency medical personnel s

Operating as usual

 is the most wonderful time of year!
11/25/2022

is the most wonderful time of year!

11/24/2022
I've helped over 80 authors produce and release their best work.If you'd like to join them, send me a DM or reach out vi...
11/22/2022
Harrison Demchick’s 'books-i-ve-edited' books on Goodreads (84 books)

I've helped over 80 authors produce and release their best work.

If you'd like to join them, send me a DM or reach out via my website. I'd be happy to discuss my process and how my editorial services can help you.

Harrison Demchick has 84 books on his books-i-ve-edited shelf: Psychedelic Turnpikes by Collin M Johnson, The Preacher, the Fisherman, and the Cahaba: A ...

11/21/2022
11/20/2022

Vacuuming the Cat - A writing term referring to the pointless chores we create for ourselves to distract us from what we should be doing, i.e. writing.

"I'll finish that short story as soon as I'm done vacuuming the cat."

Publishers and libraries are still clashing over eBooks, with authors caught in between.Any thoughts on this divide?
11/20/2022
The E-Book Wars : Planet Money

Publishers and libraries are still clashing over eBooks, with authors caught in between.

Any thoughts on this divide?

In 2019, a group of librarians (quietly) stormed the offices of a major publisher, Macmillan, to protest a controversial policy on e-books. On this show, how a tiny change - a book on a screen - threw an industry into war with itself.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/pl...

It appears that BookTok is going to become more tangibly "real" in the days ahead.How many of you are already on TikTok,...
11/19/2022
TikTok to sell books directly to users via marketplace

It appears that BookTok is going to become more tangibly "real" in the days ahead.

How many of you are already on TikTok, and if so, what has your experience been like?

To further capitalise on the popularity of BookTok the social media giant will let users purchase titles through partnerships with publishers and retailers

"The site may have started out as a place to post jokes, personal updates, and ephemeral observations, but it has become...
11/19/2022
What Will Writers Do Without Twitter?

"The site may have started out as a place to post jokes, personal updates, and ephemeral observations, but it has become a crucial tool for those who write for a living."

If the book industry is a walled garden, the site is a ladder.

I wrote this full-length feature film.
11/18/2022
Ape Canyon (2021) | Full Movie

I wrote this full-length feature film.

A mixed-up guy in the midst of a quarter-life crisis drags his big sister along on a Bigfoot-hunting expedition.

11/17/2022

A story only stops being a work-in-progress when it's been published and given to the reading public.

Even then, you will likely still be making mental changes every time you think about it.

Keep writing.

11/17/2022

Attacked.

11/16/2022

What real life person seems more like a fictional character, in a "you could never write someone like this and have readers believe it" kind of way?

Hey writing community, we often ask others what books/authors they like and support, but my question is different.What C...
11/15/2022

Hey writing community, we often ask others what books/authors they like and support, but my question is different.

What CHARITIES do you like and support?

Please give them a plug and help spread the word!

David Yoon on Writing Racial Dynamics in YA Fiction
11/14/2022
David Yoon on Writing Racial Dynamics in YA Fiction

David Yoon on Writing Racial Dynamics in YA Fiction

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is currently in its fourth year. We are a weekly podcast for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the …

11/13/2022
From Amazon: "This story reminds me of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits but with current events as the inspiration....
11/11/2022
Reptiles: A Short Story

From Amazon: "This story reminds me of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits but with current events as the inspiration. Definitely worth the read!"

Reminder, all proceeds will be donated to an organization devoted to fighting for reproductive rights.

Reptiles: A Short Story

Sick of getting rejection letters?This quote may be about sports, but it applies to the perseverance aspiring writers ne...
11/10/2022

Sick of getting rejection letters?

This quote may be about sports, but it applies to the perseverance aspiring writers need to have, too.

Keep writing. Keep submitting. You'll get there.

Not only did I write a film, I fulfilled a dream by seeing it become reality, too.I'm happy to announce that that film c...
11/10/2022
Ape Canyon (2021) | Full Movie

Not only did I write a film, I fulfilled a dream by seeing it become reality, too.

I'm happy to announce that that film can now be viewed for free on Youtube. Take a look:

A mixed-up guy in the midst of a quarter-life crisis drags his big sister along on a Bigfoot-hunting expedition.

This is true. For many writers, the majority of the difficult work that needs to be done comes AFTER their first draft i...
11/08/2022

This is true. For many writers, the majority of the difficult work that needs to be done comes AFTER their first draft is finished.

This is your periodic reminder that I am a developmental editor who has worked on over 70 novels. Learn more about what ...
11/07/2022
Editing | Harrison Demchick

This is your periodic reminder that I am a developmental editor who has worked on over 70 novels. Learn more about what I do below.

Feel free to DM me with questions and queries about how I can help you make your work better.

When he isn't writing stuff, Harrison spends most of his time editing stuff other people wrote. In fact, as a developmental editor, Harrison has worked on more than 70 published novels and memoirs. So if the time has come to bring on an editor for your manuscript, drop him a line!

According to UNESCO, an estimated 2.2 million books are published each year worldwide, close to 300,000 a year in the Un...
11/06/2022
Would you believe how many books are published every year in the U.S.?

According to UNESCO, an estimated 2.2 million books are published each year worldwide, close to 300,000 a year in the United States alone.

That last figure is as of 2013, and does not include self-published works.

That is a lot of books.

These numbers may surprise you. According to UNESCO, which compiles the total number of books published in every country, there was a total of 2.2 million

"The number of publishers has been shrinking for years. ... As Constance Grady explains at Vox, the trend has left the c...
11/04/2022
Why did the government block a big merger between book publishers?

"The number of publishers has been shrinking for years. ... As Constance Grady explains at Vox, the trend has left the country with five big publishers that control 80 percent of the book market in the United States."

What a 'hipster antitrust' law means for readers and authors

11/03/2022

Adverbs. The joy and bane of writers (and readers) everywhere.

What adverbs do you HATE?

And what adverbs are a guilty pleasure?

What POV do you prefer, both as a writer and as a reader?
11/02/2022

What POV do you prefer, both as a writer and as a reader?

A reminder that my short dystopian horror, "Reptiles," is now available. It's just 99 cents and all proceeds are being d...
11/01/2022
Reptiles: A Short Story

A reminder that my short dystopian horror, "Reptiles," is now available. It's just 99 cents and all proceeds are being donated to UltraViolet

Reptiles: A Short Story

Since it's Halloween, how many of you grew up with these?
10/31/2022

Since it's Halloween, how many of you grew up with these?

10/28/2022
Talking about yourself is hard. I do not enjoy it. However, in the world of writing and editing, sometimes you have to. ...
10/27/2022
Harrison Demchick Interview

Talking about yourself is hard. I do not enjoy it. However, in the world of writing and editing, sometimes you have to. This is one of those times.

Harrison will be part of our Saturday hour-long sessions. He will be covering topics on story development.

10/26/2022
This is IMPORTANT to me, so despite having gone into the details previously, I want to once again discuss why today's re...
10/25/2022
Reptiles: A Short Story

This is IMPORTANT to me, so despite having gone into the details previously, I want to once again discuss why today's release of my short dystopian horror story, "Reptiles," is worth paying attention to.

This is the first time I've released something independently, and I think you'll agree there is a good reason for that.

My work has been a lot of things--weird, creepy, funny, dark, whatever--but it's never been political. Historically, I've kept politics out of this whole writer thing. I've kept it private. That's easy to do when you're not the one whose rights are at stake.

But I think we've all spent a lot of time recently feeling angry for one reason or another, or helpless for one reason or another. I know I have. And I've known as well that I don't do enough. Not nearly. It's not that I don't try, or that I don't vote, or that I don't give. I do. But bad things happen anyway, and while of course that doesn't mean you stop trying, it still leaves you at a loss.

One thing I do have, though, is an outlet--a way to process these things unique to me. And once it came out that Roe v. Wade was going to be overturned--once the steady, hypothetical loss of rights for so many people became actual--this story came to mind. I wasn't sure if it was my story to tell. I still struggle with that, because as a man I'm not the one most affected by this.

But I tell stories. It's what I do. And I came up with this one.

Will this make any more difference than anything else? I don't know. But I hope "Reptiles" finds its way both to readers who get it and readers who need it. I hope it crystallizes some anger and frustration. I hope it encourages people to vote and fight in their own ways.

All profits from the sale of "Reptiles" will go to UltraViolet, an organization fighting to protect reproductive rights.

It's available now for only $0.99, so buy it, share it, spread it to anyone anywhere who needs it.

The cover art was done by the great Emma Sweeney ( on Instagram) with design assistance by Rick Lundeen ( on Twitter).

Thank you for your help, and for working with me to try to move the needle just a little farther.

Reptiles: A Short Story

My latest, the short dystopian horror "Reptiles," is officially out TOMORROW.This is an important piece of work to me, n...
10/24/2022
Reptiles: A Short Story

My latest, the short dystopian horror "Reptiles," is officially out TOMORROW.

This is an important piece of work to me, not just because I am experimenting with the release format, but also because all profits will be supporting a good cause.

It's $0.99

Reptiles: A Short Story

"CoHo is often written about as a BookTok phenomenon, but she has something in common with many writers who have found v...
10/21/2022
The online tactics that help novels go viral

"CoHo is often written about as a BookTok phenomenon, but she has something in common with many writers who have found viral fame — years of work on the ground, connecting with fans and reading communities, before that moment of apparently overnight success."

Use of platforms such as BookTok, Goodreads and Substack is expanding reach — and turning authors into entrepreneurs

The moral of the story is, keep writing.
10/20/2022

The moral of the story is, keep writing.

Writing is a rare pursuit through which you can create the reality you want to see
10/19/2022

Writing is a rare pursuit through which you can create the reality you want to see

My latest work is "Reptiles," a short dystopian horror story inspired by the overturning of Roe v Wade.I'm happy to anno...
10/18/2022
ultraviolet

My latest work is "Reptiles," a short dystopian horror story inspired by the overturning of Roe v Wade.

I'm happy to announce that all profits will be donated to UltraViolet. Learn more about them at https://weareultraviolet.org

It's just 99 cents and is available here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHN2GBQS

UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.

Someone should have told me earlier that this film exists.
10/17/2022

Someone should have told me earlier that this film exists.

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Where can I buy your book, The Listeners? Amazon is out of stock! And it sounds like such a good book!
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