Marla Miller has been in the publishing industry for over a decade. In addition to journalism, authorship (co-author with Alicia Marie–The Booty Bible), co-directing and teaching at writers conferences, Marla also founded Marketing the Muse—a query letter critique workshop.
Recently Marla debuted a brand new section in her newsletter: “Authors Popping Above the Noise.” She used The Holder’s Dominion as the first feature saying: “…[Davis] attended my MarkingtheMuse workshop at the 2012 Southern California Writers Conference and read the first few pages of her work in progress. ‘The Holder’s Dominion is a thriller that spotlights gaming….’ When she read the opening, we knew we were hearing a ‘fresh’ story. We wanted more. Why? Not just because it was ‘fresh’ but because it was written so well. Good story telling of a ‘fresh’ topic? Those two ingredients combined spell success. With Genese’s permission, I am using her ‘press kit’ information to show you how she is popping above the noise. It all begins by writing compelling prose.
Genese’s post about the Y/A vs adult fiction dilemma attracted Publisher’s Weekly. Publishers Weekly | Genese Davis | Overcoming the YA Obsession: A debut author sticks to her new adult guns
Genese kept it short -my recommendation-& made sure it telegraphed the novel’s drama.
Why is networking so important? Here’s why.
“The Holder’s Dominion is a heartfelt, fast-paced thrill ride that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.”—Micky Neilson, New York Times-bestselling author
“Genese Davis is astonishingly deft at creating believable characters with a few sentences. You fall at once into Kaylie’s world, thinking you’re in for one story, and Davis sneakily takes you on another ride altogether. It will keep you turning the pages.” —Christie Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Ascension and World of Warcraft: Arthas—Rise of the Lich King
“The Holder’s Dominion is a must-read for gamers. . . . My secret hope is that her strong heroine’s experiences in such a rich video game world inspires more women to enter the game industry and make a game that can be this immersive and life-changing.”—Billy Cain, vice-chairman, International Game Developers Association – Austin
“Davis creates both an everyday world and a world of adventure, then she laces them together and pulls tightly. If anyone implemented Edannair, I’d certainly want to play it!”—Richard A. Bartle, PhD, Professor of Game Design, University of Essex
“A complex and inventive tale, The Holder’s Dominion reveals the world of online gaming through revolutionary characters. Gaming has never looked more intriguing . . . or inviting.”—Kristian Nairn, actor
“Genese Davis is an author to watch.”—James Waugh, senior developer and entertainment executive
“An imaginative outing. Davis gives a post-modern take on a classic fantasy journey as a young woman steps away from a broken family and faces a larger world.”—Alan Kistler, author and host of Crazy Sexy Geeks Podcast
“The Holder’s Dominion was a very good read. . . . The intensity and intricacies in the dynamics of a family struggling to cope with loss were expressed very well. . . . very eye opening.”—Timothy Mitchell, highly ranked World of Warcraft player
“A captivating adventure, a struggle through personal pain paralleled by the challenge to take on a mysterious leader, entirely real and curiously mystical . . . human emotions and relatable characters enhanced by a vivid fantasy realm.”—Jacob Horning, musician and video game expert
“With its climatic chapters, I can’t remember the last time a book kept me in such suspense like The Holder’s Dominion.”—Sarah Cypher, CEO, The Threepenny Editor“
About The Holder’s Dominion:
After her father’s death on a mountain rescue mission, Kaylie Ames watched her family shatter. She fled Tacoma for college in faraway Austin, figuring that even the worst campus drama would be a relief. But when her old friend Elliott turns up on his knees in the grocery store aisle, raving about something called a morphis, Kaylie feels compelled to enter Elliott’s unfamiliar world.
Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests.
Will she find the courage there to hold her real-world family together?
About Genese Davis:
Author, host, and columnist Genese Davis is a thought-leader in video game culture and its social development. Through her passion for the art community, Davis demonstrates how team-based video games like MMORPGs affect our lives and the new place video games have in fiction and other forms of media. Davis lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue. To learn more, connect here: Website | Facebook | Twitter