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Bio of Michael Neff - Algonkian Writer Conferences

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NEW INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL NEFF BY ANDREA HURST OF AUTHORNOMICS wherein he discusses recent agent work, films in the making, Algonkian methods, the problems with muddled pitches and adamant narcissists, and much more.

Articles on fiction and novel craft written by Michael Neff including the Six Act Two-Goal Novel, Storyboarding Your Scene, Studies in Third Person POV, and more.

More information on Michael Neff's role in the formation and evolution of Algonkian Writer Conferences can be found here.

AEI Films and Books (updated filmography on Wikipedia)produces mainstream, HBO/Cinemax, and independent films, while also developing and agenting best selling novels. Michael Neff is an agent and developmental editor for AEI and currently involved in the development of both book and film projects including THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANNES (fantasy novel by Richard Hacker), SISTER ISLANDS (HBO series and book by Melanie Rollins), MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE (film by Don Thompson), THREE ALARM SHIH-TZU (film - Storycreator and Producer Michael Neff), and KILLER ON THE WALL (mystery novel by Wendy Eckel just sold to Thomas Dunne Books).

Michael Neff is the creator and director of Algonkian Writer Conferences and the New York Pitch Conference, as well as other Algonkian events. As a result of his "Algonkian method" workshops and his own editorial expertise, Michael and his programs have ushered dozens of authors over the past several years into agent contracts as well as publication contracts with major houses, including such novels as THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton, ON MAGGIE'S WATCH by Ann Garvin, LIPSTICK IN AFGHANISTAN by Roberta Gately, OBEDIENCE by Will Lavendar, CROAK by Gina Damico, THE WISDOM OF HAIR by Kim Boykin, and several more forthcoming in 2014 and 2015. He routinely works closely with senior publishing house editors in New York to locate and tap potential in budding new authors working in a variety of genres including upmarket literary and general fiction, serious and light women's fiction, narrative non-fiction, historical fiction, mystery and YA fantasy. He is a founder, contributing editor and content provider for the Author Salon Novel Writing Program, and a founder and contributor to a popular writer blog known as The Writer's Edge that provides assistance to nascent authors.

In addition to Algonkian pursuits, Michael is the "Bay Area Associate" for AEI Film Productions in Los Angeles. As an agent associate, he is actively searching for high concept projects that can be transformed into films or books. His recent deals as an agent with AEI include a sale to Berrett-Koehler for RISE OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATE SECURITY STATE, and a co-agented sale to Thomas Dunne books for Wendy Eckel's KILLER ON THE WALL, a "social media cozy" about a Facebook killer. He is currently on the AEI production team for MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE, joining with Angel Baby Films and Nextpix productions, and as AEI story creator and co-producer for THREE ALARM SHIH-TZU, a Disney-esque animal story. He is also collaborating with Macmillan Entertainment's executive editor, Brendan Deneen, to develop new high-concept projects for film and print.

His first novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS (Red Hen Press), concerns the corporate conquest of Washington during the Reagan years, and features as main characters a liberal and a conservative who put aside their differences and work together to bring down the White House. The novel (Amazon customer reviews) is based on a true story, a real place, and on Michael's own experiences working in Washington during those years. His latest novel, WAR OF THE WORLD MAKERS (under the pen name Riley Michaels and co-authored with writer Kevin Reilly), is an adult historical fantasy currently represented by Talcott-Notch Agency in New York.

Michael contributes as editor and publisher to several journals and literary projects, including but not limited to Del Sol Press, The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics, and Double Room. His upmarket and literary work has appeared in many prominent publications, including 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.


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