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Our Core Values

At the center of our work stand these four traits:

  • Creativity
  • Authenticity
  • Diversity
  • Quality

We seek creative people who write with authenticity about a diversity of subjects, all while in pursuit of literary quality. Our mission is to find, nurture, and reward these writers in any way we can.

Much More than a Blog

We’re a growing community dedicated to the celebration of writing skills and talent.

Our authors are experienced writers with some proven track record of publishing fiction.

Our editors all have solid editing experience, and they share a keen desire to help writers get better at their craft.  

About Tal Valante, Founder

Tal ValanteTal's business life revolves around two passions: literature and computers. They may seem worlds apart, but in Tal's view, they're one and the same.

Her attraction to literature is easy to explain: Tal's father is a bookseller, and she grew up surrounded by books. No wonder she picked up the pen (well, keyboard) and started writing herself. To date she has published two science fiction and fantasy novellas and a nonfiction book. She’s always hard at work engineering fantasy worlds and torturing her characters to the breaking point (where their true, heroic nature can shine).

Enter Tal's natural affinity for computers, and especially for programming languages. "They're just like any other language," Tal says. "They can be used to tell interesting stories, and that's what I love about them." Tal graduated cum laude from Tel Hai Academic College in Israel with a B.A. in computer science and economics.

Literature and computers meet constantly in Tal's life. She's co-owner and webmaster of Riptide Publishing; a regular contributor at Re:Fiction; and the driving force behind Readership Pro, a revolutionary website builder for writers (still in development).

Tal shares her home with Sansa the cat. In her spare time—which she insists does exist, despite all evidence to the contrary—she enjoys devouring stories in various forms: books, movies, and even games. In particular, you can get her talking forever with a few well-placed words such as "Babylon 5" (the TV show) and "Assassin's Creed" (the video game). A word of caution, though: "forever" means just that...

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