Valley of Scribes is a community of wordsmiths and publishing tradespeople. The project is in its infancy, so you’ll encounter errors, omissions, and disconcertingly inexplicable Great Big Empty Spaces. You’re welcome to comment, criticize, and suggest improvements. Write to valleyofscribes at gmail dot com.

You’re also welcome to volunteer if you wish to be a part of the project. We need stewards, magistrates, and the like: people who monitor industry sectors and report changes. You’ll get a spot on the masthead and all the wild boar you can eat.

A complete list of Valley content can be found on the Index Page. We’d like to direct your attention especially to:

The Map
Hover over a building to see who occupies it. Click on the building to visit their website. If you think something vital to the industry is missing, make your case. We have lots of unclaimed real estate.

If you’d like your book promoted in the sidebar, send the Amazon page link to valleyofscribes at gmail dot com, along with a very brief description and a pull-quote or blurb (imitate the examples in the sidebar). The book should be available for preorder at Amazon or have been published within the last three months. We reserve the right to decline the submission based on professional appearance and scope of interest to our readership. At present the service is free.

Recent Releases
We’ll accept anything here, including The Toothpick Identification Handbook, as long as it’s available for preorder at Amazon or was published within the last three months. Send us the Amazon page link.

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Eldin Manor (League of Scribes)
Writers and publishing professionals of all stripes and experience levels are invited to join the league. Send us an email with a link to your website, blog (that concerns itself mostly with writing), Poets & Writers page, publisher’s hosted page, page (about you, not me), or Amazon author’s page. One link per customer.

Prester John’s
Our tavern. Okay, so it’s really a blog, but it’s open to the public and everyone’s welcome. If you have something you want to get off your chest, and it has something to do with writing or publishing, and you think other tavern patrons might be interested, send it along. Previously published material okay. Include a brief bio.

Kingman Stadium
Debates, discussions, and other events take place here. Query first.

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Lascaux Review Valley of Scribes Easy Street Lascaux 250
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A prophetic collection of speculative short fiction
Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined —Emily St. John Mandel
The second book in The Broken Earth trilogy
Shatters the stillness —NPR
A combination of thriller, fantasy, and historical novel
A terrific, suspenseful tale —Kirkus
A novel of dynasty building and cultural destruction
Lovely, dark, and deep —NPR
An intense reimagining of the Trojan War
Brings new life to a classic epic —Library Journal (starred review)
A debut novel about a girl's coming of age
Powerful and vividly wrought —San Francisco Chronical
A 16-year-old girl searches for her missing mother
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and true. —NPR
A dramatic family reunion, where simmering tensions come to a head
A big, brilliant novel —Lily King
An account of the Salem witch trials
This book needs a seat belt —Kathryn Harrison
An adventure into the dark heart of America
A strange and beautiful genre-busting novel —Elizabeth McCracken