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.

Here's a picture of Jeff giving a speech at Mepham High School on Long Island for the National English Honor Society induction on April 9, 2019, just to prove that some people think he's smart. (Photo credit: Jeff Somers; released under Creative Commons) Jeff Somers at Mepham High School for the National English Honor Society induction.

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


Over at BookBub I write even more about books and all topics literary.


I write about ... well, just about anything over at Lifehacker.


Over at Chirp I write about audiobooks you should put in your ears.

Over at Grunge, I write about history, literature, pop culture, and weirdness..

Book Maverick

I write about books, books, and more books at Book Maverick, and you should read what I write..


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

I also write about current books and classic literature 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


Janet Reid


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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Writing Without Rules: Deep Dives.

Sign up for "Writing Without Rules: Deep Dives," where I will be sending out a weekly Substack newsletter discussing why stories work, using pop culture like movies, TV shows, and video games as examples. It's gonna be ... well, 'brilliant' seems like overselling. 'Interesting,' maybe?

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!