Sunday, July 31, 2022

Interview with John Goodwin, the President of Galaxy Press




Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

My name is John Goodwin, and I am the President of Galaxy Press. In addition to publishing all the fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard, Galaxy Press also publishes the Writers of the Future series. I have been involved with the L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future program since 1986, beginning with Volume 2. We just now published Volume 38.

Shortly after the publication of "Battlefield Earth" in 1982, which was written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Contest. In his essay published in that first volume, he wrote:

“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”

“In these modern times, there are many communication lines for works of art. Because a few works of art can be shown so easily to so many, there may even be fewer artists. The competition is very keen and even dagger sharp.”

“It is with this in mind that I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged. With the advent of the Writers of the Future competition came an avalanche of new material from all over the country. . . .”

“Judging the winners for this book could not have been an easy task, and I am sincerely grateful to those professionals and top-flight veterans of the profession for their hard work and final selections which made this book possible.”

“And my heartiest congratulations to those they selected for this first volume.”

“Good luck to all other writers of the future.”

“And good reading.” —L. Ron Hubbard (1985)

The Contest has now grown to where we have received entries from over 175 countries and have published winners from nearly 50 countries.

What inspired you to author this book?

This series was inspired by L. Ron Hubbard. He announced the Writer Contest in 1983, with the first volume published in 1985. While he passed in 1986, he directed the continuation of the Contest into perpetuity through his Estate, and it has flourished since.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The cover was created by internationally acclaimed artist Bob Eggleton, winner of 7 Hugos and 11 Chesley Awards, who is also an Illustrator of the Future judge.



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Since its inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future have had as its judges many of the top names in speculative fiction who all agreed with Mr. Hubbard’s vision of providing for the future of science fiction and fantasy in the form of a Contest open to any amateur writer or illustrator of any age, nationality, or ethnicity, free to enter, and judged blind. It leveled the playing field in one move, allowing the best to rise to the top.

The Contest year is broken into four quarters. There are three writer winners and three illustrator winners selected every quarter. All winners receive a cash prize upon announcement.

Each year, the Contest flies out the winners from wherever they are to Hollywood for a week-long workshop, taught by Contest judges. In the last two years, winners and workshops have been held at the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The week is capped with a black-tie gala in Hollywood replete with red carpet, dozens of media, and beautiful trophies. The grand prize winners each receive a check for $5,000.

As the purpose of the Contest is to provide that helping hand to the aspiring writer or artist, we also endeavor to get a minimum of three media placements for each winner and at least one bookstore event.

A recent review from Midwest Book Reviews stated, “Writers of the Future is the gold standard of emerging talent into the field of science fiction fantasy that has contributed more to the genre than any other source.”

At the outset, the Contest started with writer judges that included Algis Budrys, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, C.L. Moore, Fred Pohl, and Jack Williamson, and carrying on to this day with judges such as Kevin J. Anderson, Nnedi Okorafor, Brandon Sanderson, Dean Wesley Smith as well as Brian Herbert and Todd McCaffrey, having picked up the baton from their parents. For the full list go to

Illustrator judges began with legends such as Leo & Diane Dillon, Will Eisner, Frank Frazetta, Frank Kelly Freas, Jack Kirby, and now with celebrated artists including Echo Chernik, Ciruelo, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, and Rob Prior. For the full list go to:

Over the 38 years, the writer and illustrator judges have contributed their advice and tips in essays published in every volume. Almost every one of these professionals have been friends of mine and every bit as proud to be judges as Mr. Hubbard was to found the Contests.

Tell your readers about your book.

“L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38” contains 12 winners’ stories plus 1 published finalist, with stories illustrated by the 12 winning artists. In addition, we have a short story written by Frank Herbert, one of our original Contest judges. He also provided a very important piece of writing advice, published in this volume, which was the last article he wrote.

Volume 38 was edited by David Farland, who passed away earlier this year. David had also been our Contest Coordinating Judge for ten years. His last story, based on the cover art from Bob Eggleton, is also included, called “A Word of Power.”

A key thing to know about the Writers of the Future anthologies is that these winners are who our judges—your favorite authors and artists—chose as the best new voices in science fiction and fantasy. It is why I can safely promise that if you like science fiction or fantasy, you WILL find something to your taste in each volume. Guaranteed!


Here are a few reviews so far to give you an idea:

“Writers of the Future Vol 38 is a literary smorgasbord where each new story comes with a feeling of excitement and mystery. With so many short stories one might imagine it easy to put down between breaks, but instead, it’s a binge read. Just one more, you think, and the next thing you know the entire book is gone!” —The International Review of Books, Gold Badge

“Thirteen original stories described as powerful, unpredictable, nicely crafted, appealing with many twists.” —Tangent Online

“Captivating, compelling, and exceptionally well edited. It delivers.” —OnlineBookClub.Org

Who is your target audience, and why?

We have two target audiences. One is fans of science fiction and fantasy. Writers of the Future contains short stories that are rated appropriate for middle school on up.

The second audience is aspiring writers and artists. Each year, they can see what level the bar is now set to, so they know how good they have to be to win.

And each volume has essays by the Contest judges to provide writing tips. For example, in volume 38 we share Frank Herbert’s “The Single Most Important Piece of Advice.” Frank was a judge for the contest and wrote this before he passed away. It is a real gem.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

The growth of the Contests has been such that writers and illustrators include an Honorable Mention in their resumé.

Our Writers of the Future Forum ( won the Critters Award, a major fan competition, as the best forum.

The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast was a finalist in the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. It is now over 3 years old. About 1 1/2 years ago, it was syndicated on the United Public Radio network where it really took off. The show now routinely gets over one-million listens per episode. The over 180 episodes have included our Contest judges and winners, as well as industry professionals, editors, publishers, and other international bestselling authors and artists. You can see the full list of guests here:

Two years ago, at what turned out to be the outset of the pandemic, we released the free L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Online Workshop. We were hoping to get 1,000 students by the end of the year. Instead, we had 2,000 students within 48 hours, and it has grown to over 6,000. The course includes 12 video presentations featuring Writers of the Future judges: David Farland, Tim Powers, and Orson Scott Card. There are 11 lessons with practical exercises as well as essays from Contest Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and Founding Contest Coordinating Judge, Algis Budrys. The result has been a very marked increase in the quality of stories being submitted to the Writers of the Future Contest.

And of course, we are most proud of the winners that have gone on to successful careers with their work. The 535 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,900 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. In addition, they have produced 36 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The 382 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,200 illustrations, 390 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

And now, as we approach September 30, we are coming to the close of Contest Year 39 when we will start once again to assemble what has proven to be the bestselling science fiction and fantasy anthology,

…and the Contest begins anew for Year 40!


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

The biggest difference that sets this anthology apart from others is these are the best of the best debut authors and illustrators in speculative fiction. The Writers of the Future anthologies are best described by the Contest judges:

“Science fiction as a genre has always looked to the future and the Writers of the Future looks to the future of science fiction.” —Kevin J. Anderson (co-author of the Dune sagas)

“Some of the most excellent speculative fiction that you can find. They’re cutting edge.” —Nnedi Okorafor

“These are the people who are going to be creating trends.” —Brandon Sanderson

“Writers of the Future, as a contest and as a book, remains the flagship of short fiction.” —Orson Scott Card

“The best new stories by new writers, anywhere.” —Larry Niven

“See the best of the best culled for you, curated and selected in a single volume every year.” —Robert J. Sawyer

“An absolute wealth of imagination, adventure, excitement, stimulation and joy, every possible human emotion.” —Sean Williams



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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Chetoca Barfield Talks About Her New "Book Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class"


Chetoca Barfield


Welcome to Ms. Nelly’s Sunday School Class

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Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

My name is Chetoca Barfield. I was born and raised in a small town in Eastern North Carolina with my parents, two siblings, and an older brother and younger sister. My parents are retired and living their best life doing whatever it is that retired folks do 😊. My brother resides in Virginia, and my sister resides in Western North Carolina, where she recently received her doctoral degree in Social Work.

Growing up, I had dreams of becoming a lawyer. Nothing sparked this interest, but I knew early on in grade school that I loved to research and explain how things came to be. After graduating from high school, I knew I would pursue criminal justice studies at Elizabeth City State University (i.e., ECSU) with hopes of having a career as a criminal prosecutor.

In my freshman year in college, I laid eyes on my dream guy, who has been my husband for the last 19 years. I knew I was going to marry him when I saw him walk out of the café. I know that may sound weird, but it’s the truth. Michael (my husband) and I didn’t begin dating until one year later. It’s funny how things happen, but that is a story for another day.

In 2000, I graduated from ECSU and began working in corporate America, starting from the bottom as a customer service representative. I was studying to take the LSAT to enter law school during this time. In 2003 Michael and I wed. Marriage was fun and enjoyable, and I didn’t want anything to interrupt our marital bliss 😊.

So, I decided to no longer pursue law school. To be honest, studying has never been my strong suit, and I knew law school would have demanded so much of my time that I just wasn’t ready to commit. I enjoyed working in corporate America but knew staying in a customer service role wasn’t my “forever” career choice. I wanted to move up the corporate ladder into a leadership role.

In 2006, I received my MBA degree from Strayer University. During this time, my corporate career was taking off. I moved into a supervisory role and led an operations team for a few years within the financial industry. In 2011, I was offered a higher-level leadership opportunity with a different company, but still within the financial industry.

Leading teams for the last 15 years led me down an unexpected path; mentoring. I’ve mentored many colleagues and peers from a career development perspective. This was an undisclosed passion I didn’t know I had until I was knee-deep in it. It was the best decision I could have made for my career goals, as I have thrived promotionally ever since. 

As time passed, mentoring evolved into helping individuals, groups, etc., navigate life challenges. My parents had a rule for my siblings and me growing up in my household. Every Sunday, we were in church. If we didn’t attend church on Sundays, we couldn’t go anywhere for the rest of the day.

While I didn’t appreciate attending church as much as I did, I’m thankful that I did. My Sunday school teacher taught me how to develop a relationship with God versus focusing on religious affiliations rules. As I’ve grown in my walk with Christ, this vital lesson has helped me through many difficult moments.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in 2020, all our lives were altered. The daily routines once in place replaced social isolation, mental health challenges, social injustice, and doubting faith. The need to have a healthy support system was magnified, and this need led to the birth of Treasured Possession

Treasured Possession is a mentoring community that I created to provide encouragement, support, and tools to equip the body of Christ to lead healthy lives in body, mind, and spirit. The name Treasured Possession comes from Deuteronomy 7:6 (ESV) “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

You and I are his most Treasured Possession.

What inspired you to author this book?

My inspiration came from my relationship with my Sunday School teacher, Ms. Nelly. She was a very caring, soft-tone lady who emphasized the importance of building a relationship with God through communication. She made God relatable to me. Through my experience and her teachings; I learned that it’s not about religion but about a relationship.   


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

In my head, I developed a mood board of what a “modern-day” Ms. Nelly’s Sunday school class would look like. From there, I could create the cover.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I know for most people, the response to this kind of question is always someone within your immediate family, and it’s no different for me. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting people from all walks of life during my 44 years on this Earth. Out of all those people, my parents have significantly influenced me through their service and dedication to God and to our family.

This will be a weird answer as a writer, but it would be God. I have never wanted to write a book, nor did I know anything about how to write a book. He literally spoke to me, and this book came to life.


What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I wish I had a brand message to my readers and other inspiring authors about the struggles of writing this book, but I honestly didn’t have any. As natural as it is, having a conversation with a friend is as natural as it was for me to author this book.

Tell your readers about your book.

Welcome to Ms. Nelly’s Sunday School Class is a book comprising six short stories about how Ms. Nelly and her class are preparing for their Sunday School program. The assignment of bible verses and each student crisis led to doubts about who God is. Ms. Nelly helps each student navigate their crisis by simply encouraging them to converse with God.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is adults (i.e., parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Sunday school teachers, etc.) trying to introduce God to a child but struggling with where to begin. There are so many adults within the body of Christ that weren’t properly taught how to live out biblical truths and apply biblical principles to everyday situations that they may face. We all know that having a good foundation for anything we try to succeed in is critical. This book shows how to do both, starting at the early age of six.

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

To instill in your child having a relationship with Jesus Christ vs. following a list of religious affiliation rules.

What do you consider your most tremendous success in life?

The ongoing growth and development of walking this life with Jesus.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

That I was a 42-year-old lady (at the time, I wrote “Welcome to Ms. Nelly’s Sunday School Class”), who wrote a Christian book for children based on the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Yep, that is a story 😉.


How do you overcome writer’s block?

For this book, I didn’t have any. But I would imagine it would include going for a walk and talking with God over a pack of Oreos if I did.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?

Go with the flow, and your only competition is you!

What is next for you in your writing career?

Here’s a sneak peek: While I’m not ready to fully disclose during the time of writing “Welcome to Ms. Nelly’s Sunday School Class,” I wrote two other books. So…… TO BE CONTINUED. Hint: join my website to keep updated on all things.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

I hope you all enjoy Welcome to Ms. Nelly’s Sunday School Class as much as I enjoyed writing it. In Ms. Nelly’s simplistic way, she was able to make God relatable to her students just as she can help make God relatable to the child in your life.



Saturday, July 23, 2022

Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class by Chetoca Barfield



Welcome to Ms. Nelly's Sunday School Class


Product Details

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Absolute Author Publishing House (July 16, 2022)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 92 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649535546
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649535542
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.3 ounces
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.22 x 10 inches


    For the last 22 years, Chetoca Barfield has been an Operational Leader within the Financial Sector. Having built and lead successful operational teams her career path opened the door of helping others navigate their career transitions and promotions, and plan for long-term career goals. Overtime, mentoring was no longer about career development, but about helping individuals navigate life challenges.

    Chetoca has been a Christian since the age of 10. While walking with Christ hasn't always been perfect the journey has always been worth it. It is through her attendance at Sunday school and the teachings of her Sunday School teacher that Christ became relatable to Chetoca.

    These experiences have led Chetoca to mentor others through their life challenges by teaching them how to apply biblical principles and truths to everyday situations for the last 15 years.
    Chetoca was born, raised, and currently resides in Eastern North Carolina where she has been married to her college crush of 19 years and spends a whole lot of time allowing their mini dachshund to rule them both.

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    Zoom Interview with Author Chetoca Barfield


    Chetoca Barfield 

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    Dear Readers:

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Chetoca on her journey and her amazing children's book. I can't wait for you to watch it. Also, please help send this book to the #1 status and order your copy today. Enjoy the interview.