Maaja Wentz concocts magical worlds and mysteries in a variety of genres. Her first novel, Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer, was serialized on Wattpad where it won a Watty award before being published. For a challenge, Maaja wrote 52 short stories in 52 weeks, finishing April 26, 2020. Her unique locked-door mystery, Inside of a Dog, appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. You, won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto.
Praise for: Feeding Frenzy: Curse of the Necromancer
Take a spooky town, a food obsession and wrap it all up in a wee bit of @MaajaWentz creepy, ghoul-tainted humor and you end up with the kaleidoscope that is Feeding Frenzy. This is for the sweet-toothed reader who likes fantasy and a little bit of everything else while they get their sugary fix.
Seemingly unsatisfied with sticking to one genre alone, Feeding Frenzy Encompasses a little bit of horror and a whole lot of humor; a tale told through the eyes of a quirky, eccentric and sometimes awkward set of adolescent characters.
If you’re looking for a quirky read that has unmistakable zombie roots, good old giggles and packs enough dextrose to give you that next rush, then this book is for you!
— JettaFrame for WattZombie reviews (Wattpad)
"Feeding Frenzy" (YA supernatural thriller serial novel) won a Watty HQ Love Award in the annual Wattys Competition.
"You" (short story) won a prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto.
“When Johnny Mars Turns Five” (poem) was a finalist in the Science Fiction Poetry Association contest.
“Found Poetry Finds You” finalist in the 2014 WCDR poetry slam competition.
"Flimflam" (spoken word poetry) won the 2016 WCDR poetry slam competition.
"Inside of a Dog,: upcoming in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Fallow God” in EDGE’s Urban Green Man Anthology.
“Wild Caving” in the WCDR Amprosia anthology.
"Gift Fruit," in Panorama: Journal of Intelligent Travel
"When Johnny Mars Turns Five," in Grievous Angel.
Blasted Bloomers: Loon Lake Supernaturals Prequel
by Maaja Wentz
Tonya is shocked when the hunk of her daydreams asks her out. He must be pranking her, or is he? To make sure he likes her, Tonya snitches magic panties from the notorious Witch of Loon Lake. Will her risky plan end in triumph or disaster? Read this free urban fantasy book to find out. Expect mystery, romance, and a whole lot of suspense in this comic tale of Loon Lake magic.
The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone
by Maaja Wentz
Can a handful of kids defeat a cyborg army -- and their parents? The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone is a comic screenplay perfect for screen or stage that lasts about one hour. Suitable for family viewing.
Life on the Moon base is always hard for the handful of children growing up there, but now their parents are acting strangely. The kids suspect Cyclone Industries is to blame.
The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
on July 08, 2012
Mark Coker does it again with this in-depth guide to epublishing success. I used his previous formatting guide to publish a children's screenplay with little expectation of financial gain. With this new guide, Coker has inspired me to consider epublishing my current manuscripts-in-progress, instead of submitting to agents or publishers. Informative, clear and inspiring, this guide is a must-read for prospective Smashwords authors.
The 10-Minute PR Checklist - Earn the Publicity You Deserve
on July 30, 2012
I read this book partly as a Mark Coker fan and partly as an author thinking about platform building. The information is solid and the techniques viable. Company managers, owners and CEO's will find this a valuable read. There is also material here for smaller business owners.
One of the best points Coker makes is that in order to have good media relations and promotion, a company must be doing something newsworthy, but also worthwhile. Marketing can influence policies and make a company better and more responsible to the public.
For people thinking about ePublishing, this book is less relevant than Coker's other books, specifically devoted to publishing on Smashwords.