Jeff Somers is Awesome

Jeff Somers ( was first sighted in Jersey City, New Jersey after the destruction of a classified government installation in the early 1970s; the area in question is still too radioactive to go near. When asked about this, he will only say that he regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books (, Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People (

Jeff’s published over thirty short stories as well; his story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. He survives on the nickels and quarters he regularly finds behind his ears, his guitar playing is a plague upon his household, and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices, but this is only half true.

Today, he makes beer money by writing amazing things for various people. Favorite whiskey: Glenmorangie 10 Year. Yes, it is acceptable to pay me in it.

Freelance Writing

Sometimes people pay me money to write things. I'd be delighted to take your money, too. Here are some of the freelance pieces I've done with a byline. You may not want to read the stuff I write without a byline.

Barnes and Noble

I write reviews and brief think pieces about books for Barnes and Noble. You can read some of them here and here.

Hoboken Life

I write about a lot of lifestyle stuff for the blog HobokenLife, which is where I live. You can see my work for HoLi here.


I do work for from time to time. See my work for them here. (Formerly

I'm an expert in bestselling contemporary books and classic literature, and write several times a week at Thoughtco on the subject, usually brilliantly, sometimes competently.

Writer's Digest

I'm a Contributing Editor at Writer's Digest, where I discuss how to write real good and make money at it.

Media Planet

I'm a journalist writing sponsored content for Media Planet.


Jeff Himself

POB 3024
Hoboken, NJ 07030


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New Leaf Literary & Media
110 West 40th, #2201
New York, NY 10018



Jeff has appeared at multiple conventions, writing groups, library events, and book clubs, and he'd be delighted to appear at yours! Please contact Jeff directly at to discuss having him make a presentation, do a reading/signing/Q&A, or other appearance at your venue.

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Jeff's podcast, the No Pants Cocktail Hour

In the No Pants Cocktail Hour, I take a story I published and discuss its inspiration, process, and the business of selling it, telling many humiliating and entertaining stories, and then I read the story. I add in some sound effects and other post-production goodness, too. Check it out!