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A Literary Journey

It's gratifying to see how time and space can bring together two people who love good writing. Here at the Internet home of eighty-book author D. J. Herda, you'll find the best of the best. Why not take time to check out Mr. Herda's latest and future book offerings (Books), ask him a question, engage in a voluntary exchange of unbiased ARC book reviews for your mutual benefit (Contact), or ask him for a little help when you simply need a proven pro on your side (Struggling Writers)?

Herda has been writing for publication for half a century. He penned his first novel at the age of fourteen--a book that, he admits, was just "God-awful!" He has worked at perfecting his craft ever since. Today, he has more than eighty books and several thousand conventionally published short stories, articles, columns, and scripts to his credit.

A superb craftsman and a book, magazine, and newspaper editor, Herda knows publishing from both sides of the desk. He also knows the uphill battle that struggling young (and not so young!) writers face today, and he continues to honor a lifelong commitment to help talented, deserving authors get the opportunity to succeed in an increasingly hostile and competitive marketplace. (Check out Struggling Writers in the menu above.)

The founder of Creative Writing Workshop and a former instructor of journalism, fiction, photography, music, and downhill skiing, Herda is also former Dean of English at Chicago's Fox Community College. A native of the Windy City and a graduate of Columbia College, he has spent much of his adult life in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah. In addition to writing, he mentors other authors and occasionally works as a freelance book editor, doctor, and ghostwriter. He is a literary scout for independent, conventional book publisher Elektra Press and is constantly on the lookout for remarkable new talent to showcase to the world.


If that includes you, get in touch with him. He'd love to get acquainted with your work.


"Good writing is the result of good writers dedicated to their craft; it never occurs by accident or happenstance!"