Born Ryan Campbell, r. r. campbell is an author, editor, and the host of the writescast, a twice-monthly podcast that features conversations on craft and interviews with authors from around the world.

His debut novel, Accounting For It All, is slated for release with NineStar Press in November 2018. His sophomore release, EMPATHY: Imminent Dawn, will also be available through NineStar beginning in January 2019. Imminent Dawn is the first installment in the planned EMPATHY sci-fi series. To date, his work has been published with Five:2:One Magazine, Erotic Review, and National Journal Writing Month.


For RevPit 2018, Ryan is looking for adult in the below genres:

  • Sci-fi (excluding space opera)
    • I’ll be all over your manuscript if it features VR, simulations, or any takes on near-future technology.
    • Give me your sci-fi dystopias, too, please.
  • Speculative fiction
  • Magic Realism (pretty please?)
  • Fantasy
    • I’ll accept YA in this genre only.
    • Regardless of category, in fantasy I’m looking for less traditional fantasy worlds and characters. Please no elves, orcs, dragons, etc. It’s not that I don’t love these stories generally, it’s just not what I’m looking for in this contest.
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Manuscripts that blur the lines between genres
  • LGBT narratives and #ownvoices is a plus in any combination with the above

For RevPit 2018, Ryan is not looking for:

  • Middle grade (any genre)
  • Young adult (except fantasy)
  • Procedurals (police, legal, you name it)
  • Thrillers (military, spies, etc.)
  • Mystery
  • Romance (I’ll take lower-case “r” romance in combination with other genres, however)

How can a manuscript’s first five pages make you sit up and take notice?

Any combination of the below will compel me to turn to page six and beyond:

  • Strong, unique voice
  • Goal-oriented storytelling (what does our protagonist want on the first page?)
  • Well-established setting
  • Dynamic dialogue

What can writers expect from working with you during #RevPit, including communication?

It’s my goal to act as a resource and mentor throughout (and beyond!) the event. This includes answering questions, being a sounding board for new ideas, and making the editing process as dynamic and collaborative as possible. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in (and you’re submitting one of my preferred genres), definitely send your work my way!

What do you expect from writers during the #RevPit revision process, including communication?

I’m looking to work with someone who has a clear vision for their story, but who’s also unafraid to take a hard look at scene-level mechanics. It’d be great to work with a writer who’s interested in the same collaborative, dynamic process that I’m seeking.

What hobbies do you have outside of writing and editing?

Outside of writing, I play soccer, volleyball, and enjoy lounging about with my fiancée and our cats, Hashtag and Rhaegar. Oh, is wedding planning a hobby? Then that, too—at least for a few more months.

What was your favorite childhood book and what did you love about it?

A few titles come to mind, but let’s go as old school as I possibly can: Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka. What makes it old school? It’s literally the first book I remember being able to read on my own. I got it in elementary school at a Scholastic book fair—maybe the first one I ever went to—and, well, I’ve been reading books ever since, so it must have been a pretty good read!

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