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About Sam Swicegood

Sam Swicegood is an author, speaker, blogger, and podcaster from Cincinnati, OH. He is the author of fantasy and science-fiction literature, including The Wizards on Walnut Street and No Place.

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Here are my most recent posts

“Your Criticism is Lies”, or “Why I stopped giving advice to writers online”

Recently, to broaden my horizons as a writer, I joined a bunch of writers’ groups online. I’ve learned a few things.

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Sam’s FAQ for Writers who Post on Social Media Asking for Advice

I belong to a handful of social media groups that target writers of all kinds. I see a lot of the same questions posted a lot, and wanted to do my part to help answer common ones. feel free to share this post to any new writers looking for advice. But be aware: my answers are honest, and honesty is sometimes hard to hear.

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I have debated making this post. Afraid it would be seen as a publicity stunt, or a virtue signal, or any other number of terrible things people do to exploit the fear that surrounds death. But after giving it some thought and a good night’s sleep I have decided it’s worth saying.

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Announcing my NaNoWriMo 2018 Book: The Magician on Main Street

I am happy to announce my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel, the sequel to The Wizards on Walnut Street: The Magician on Main Street. 

Follow Andy, Apollo, Killian, gangster gnomes, a talking alcoholic snake, and a recently-resurrected mummy as they discover a new force threatening every magical creature in Cincinnati.

Please add me as a buddy on NaNo!

The Post-Eraser Culture

Recently there has been a lot in the news regarding things people did years ago. In a world where nothing can ever be truly removed from the internet, how does this impact the way people live their lives? In a world without erasers, are we judged only by our mistakes?

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What You Make

This weekend I ran several sessions of play tests for Cold Start
I’m not a vendor at GenCon, so when people ask me “What did you make so far this weekend” I tell them “I didn’t make any money”. A lot of the time they follow up with a sympathetic “I’m sorry”, but I laugh and explain the things I did make this weekend:
  • I made about 100 new friends.
  • I made tons of corny jokes.
  • I made a player really happy by using their character’s preferred pronouns consistently without making a mistake. “That almost never happens,” they told me.
  • I made a shy, nonconfrontational player feel empowered through the use of a highly social character who could end fights without throwing a punch.
  • I made people laugh with my corny jokes.
  • I made a character at the next table jealous: he told me he wished he could join my game, only to have him show up at the next session with generic tickets.
  • I made 4 separate adventures that touched on societal problems and started interesting discussions about philosophical concepts like self-identity and the source of law.

In short: I made a little bit more happiness. Just a little.

Maybe I’ll be a vendor next year and maybe I’ll make money. But that wasn’t the goal this year. Instead, this year I made a lot of good things happen. Seems like a win to me.

Where are the Non-binary Characters in Fiction?

Over a year ago, I started to plan my novel, The Wizards on Walnut Street. What started as an exercise in fantasy world-building and humor quickly became a major project involving diverse and interesting characters…but along the way I learned something terrible about the fiction industry.

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The World-Building Series

Hello, writers. And not just writers–creators, dungeon masters, game designers, and more. If you have a world and you’re trying to populate it, then you’re a world-builder and that’s why you’re here. To World-Build.

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Now on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

That’s right! I have delved into the wide world of Patreon, with the dream of finally being able to write for a living and share my words with the world.

Over 50,000 creatives use Patreon to support their work, and with the help of over a million users, I hope I can do the same. Every little bit helps–so please, consider sharing this with your friends! Great perks are on their way.

Wizards on Walnut is available for Pre-Order on Amazon and B&N


Dragon Street Press announced the release date of its upcoming New Adult Fantasy novel, The Wizards on Walnut Street, by Cincinnati local author Sam Swicegood.

When well-respected corporate sorcerer Tom LaFayette is murdered, his eldest child Andy moves to Cincinnati to investigate, discovering a magical society bubbling just under the surface of the mundane world. Encountering odd characters such as an Incubus barista, a knife-happy security guard, and an enchanted espresso machine, Andy uncovers a plot to overthrow the magical society’s hierarchy.

The Wizards on Walnut Street plays with fantasy tropes and juxtaposes goblins, unicorns and dragons into our modern world in a way that is both satisfying and hilarious, thanks to an expansive world and the addition of Employee Handbook footnotes throughout the book.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati. A future edition of the book will be printed in dyslexic-friendly format, with different spacing and font size to be easier to read.

This book features LGBT themes and characters, including a nonbinary main character. The book has been praised by Advance readers as “thoughtful and inclusive” of the LGBT community while not focusing on those subject specifically–instead “portraying sexuality minorities as perfectly normal, the way it should be.”

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The book will be available in bookstores, and online on August 8, 2018. Pre-orders are open NOW on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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