Monthly Archives: November 2016

New DUNE film/TV announcement from Legendary

Published November 22, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

And here is the big official announcement, fifteen years in the making! This is the real deal, and we are all very excited


Burbank, CA – November 21, 2016 – Legendary and the Frank Herbert estate have reached an agreement granting the production entity the film and television motion picture rights to the beloved novel DUNE, one of the most revered science fiction novels of all time. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and television projects for a global audience. The projects would be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter, with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert serving as executive producers. Kevin J. Anderson will be either a Creative Consultant or a Co-Producer, depending upon which book is filmed.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

Dune has long been considered the crown jewel of science fiction properties. Its legacy and influence is witnessed in everything from STAR WARS to THE MATRIX and often referred to as the science fiction version of LORD OF THE RINGS with its sprawling world and multi-dimensional politics.

The agreement was negotiated by Mike Ross and Jen Grazier on behalf of Legendary and Marcy Morris and Barry Tyerman of JTWAMMK on behalf of the Herbert family.

About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $13 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit:

LEGENDARY is a global entertainment company with a passion for transportive storytelling across film, television, digital media, virtual reality and comic books. Towering monsters. Inspirational heroes. Thrilling adventures. Legendary is driven…

Announcing Scholarship Winners for Superstars Writing Seminar 2017

Published November 16, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce the five winners of the 2017 Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for the Superstars Writing Seminar: Courtney Farrell, Lehua Parker, Blair McGregor, Aubrey Pratt, and Liz Colter! The scholarship entails full tuition of $749 for the three-day seminar, plus $275 for the additional Advanced Writing Craft Day.


Superstars offers scholarships every year to writers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial circumstances. We have so far funded 12 scholarships through donations and the sales of our three anthologies, One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn AnthologyA Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn Anthology, and The Dragon Writers Anthology. These anthologies are published through WordFire Press. Supporters can also donate via PayPal at All funds received for the Don Hodge Scholarship Fund are distributed to scholarship winners in the form of registrations for the Superstars Writing Seminars, without a cent going to administrative costs.
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The 7th Superstars Writing Seminar will take place Thursday through Saturday, February 2-4, 2017 at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. An Advanced Writing Craft Day is offered on Wednesday, February 1st. Superstars focuses on the business of writing and career building, with workshops instructed by the top authors, editors, and professionals in the industry. For more information, a list of guest instructors, and to register please head over to Superstars Writing Seminars.

An Exciting Launch for Kevin J Anderson Presents “Empire’s Rift” by Steve Rzasa!

Published November 14, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments
We had a great time Saturday night at the book release party at Hard Rock Cafe in Denver for the new novel Empire’s Rift, released by WordFire Press. This epic science fiction novel is based in the Takamo gaming universe, the first in the “Kevin J. Anderson Presents” line from WordFire.
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and pick up a copy of “Empire’s Rift” at the party. Anyone who purchased the novel also received an X Files paperback. We signed lots of books and enjoyed some great food! Special thanks to John at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was a cool downtown venue for our book launch.
Kevin J. Anderson with Steve Rzasa and Randall Ritnour from Takamo Universe games.
Congratulations to Steve Rzasa and the group at Takamo Universe. Best of luck! There is also a Kickstarter currently running, which has already met the basic goal and now we’re trying to fund the second novel in the series. Some great reward levels still available. You can check it out at the Takamo Kickstarter.
About “Empire’s Rift”–
The Naplian Empire’s war of expansion against the Grand Alliance has taken a turn for the worse. With vital serjaum fuel reserves wiped out by a surprise attack, Admiral Daviont of the III Corps makes a long, desperate journey to the fringes of Terran space for a massive undeveloped source of serjaum—the Baedecker Star System. But his action does not go unnoticed. Their mortal enemies, the Briddarri, send their own task force to intercept.
At Baedecker Four, starfighter pilot and governor’s son Taggart “Tag” Wester has his hands full steering clear of his wing commander’s wrath. When an emergency call unearths a dangerous foe from the past, he’s put to a test unlike any he’s ever face—one of courage, and leadership. Elden Selva is on a mission to restore power to the defeated Northern Alliance, by retrieving the remains of Truppen cybernetic soldiers. What he finds is far more than he anticipated, and the ensuing conflict changes both him and the woman he loves.
The invaders and defenders collide in a struggle that will not only shape their lives, but have dire consequences for the entire galaxy.


Published November 8, 2016 in Advice - 0 Comments

We’re happy to announce the release of a new anthology, DRAGON WRITERS, including stories by Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey, and many others, edited by Lisa Mangum and with original cover art and introduction by James Artimus Owen.  All proceeds go to fund the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship for Superstars Writing Seminars.


This is the third anthology put together by Superstars Writing Seminar instructors and alumni. The first two—One Horn to Rule Them All (about purple unicorns) and A Game of Horns (about red unicorns)—were also edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press. Harnessing the creativity and imagination of Superstars attendees, these books generated a lot of attention, and raised enough money to fund ten total scholarships for Superstars.

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We decided we just had to do one more.  Superstars instructors Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye, and Todd McCaffrey offered stories, but then the Superstars alumni submitted their best, to be selected by Lisa Mangum. The other contributors include Adric Mayall, Frog Jones, Josh Vogt, Scott Parkin, Kristin Luna, John D Payne, Joy Dawn Johnson, Michael Angel, Brandon M Lindsay, L.J. Hachmeister, Kevin IkenberryFrank Morin,  Mel Koons, Jace Killan,  Greg LittleNancy GreeneTristan Brand, Robert J McCarter, Aaron Michael Ritchey, Mike Jack Stoumbos, MJ CarlsonPeter E Sartucci

Pick up your eBook or print copy now and help us fund the *next* batch of Scholarships for Superstars!  Percival the kitten approves.