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Howard and Sandra Tayler

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip, available online at He also co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Erin Roberts, Dongwon Song, and Dan Wells. Howard has written tie-in fiction for  Privateer Press, horror for the Space Eldrich anthologies, Planet Mercenary RPG and was the illustrator (and co-author) for X-treme Dungeon Mastery.   

Sandra Tayler is a writer, editor, and publisher with credits in over thirty different titles. She is a consistently successful crowdfunder, and has spent the last thirty years managing a household alongside several small businesses. Her latest work-in-progress, STRUCTURING LIFE TO SUPPORT CREATIVITY (crowdfunding in late Spring of 2024), is a non-fiction book meant to help writers, artists, and other creatives make more art with less burnout. You can find Sandra online at


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