Joan Marie Verba

Joan Marie Verba

Joan Marie Verba has given presentations about social media to groups such as SCORE and SCBWI. She has also given presentations to various groups about ebooks and self-publishing. She is the author of more than 20 science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction books. She has a bachelor of physics degree.


Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, FTL Publications, 2016
Sword of Queens, FTL Publications, 2012
Danger Zone: FTL Publications, 2012
Extreme Hazard, FTL Publications, 2011
Situation: Critical, FTL Publications, 2010
The Bestseller Book Marketing Strategy Workbook, FTL Publications, 2010
Weight Loss Success, FTL Publications, 2010
Deadly Danger, FTL Publications, 2009
Action Alert, FTL Publications, 2008
Countdown to Action, FTL Publications, 2008
Autumn World, Stone Dragon Press, 2000 (co-author with Tess Meara, Deborah K. Jones, Margaret Howes, Ruth Berman)
Boldly Writing, FTL Publications, 1996
Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets, Lerner Books, 1991

Short Stories:
"Revenge, Denied," FTL Publications, February 2012
"The Wisest Wizard," Mythic Circle 32, June 2010
“Safe Passage,” Snows of Darkover, 1994
“The Madwoman of the Kilghard Hills,” Towers of Darkover, 1993
“The Sum of the Parts,” Science Fiction Review, Summer 1991
“An Invitation to Chaos,” Leroni of Darkover, 1991
“The Honor of the Guild,” Renunciates of Darkover, 1991
“Mind-eater,” Domains of Darkover, 1990
“Death’s Scepter,” Four Moons of Darkover, 1988
“This One Time,” Free Amazons of Darkover, 1985

"Working Together in a Novel Way," The Writing Group Book, September 2003
“Post-It Software Notes,” ComputerUser magazine, July 1996
“Coda Music Technology,” ComputerUser magazine, December 1995
“Computer Manuscript Formatting,” SCBWI Bulletin, April/May 1995
“The Three Great Myths of Writing,” SCBWI Bulletin, December 1994/January 1995
“She Dunit,” Mpls./St. Paul Magazine, October 1984, p. 147

Journals and Diaries:
A Writer's Journal
A Fantasy Reader's Journal
Address Book
A Convention Journal
The Anytime Day Planner
The Anytime Day Timer
A Gratitude Journal Notebook
Make Your Own Cookbook
The Anytime Daily Timer
Your Personal Password Vault
Ultimate Password Protector
A Universal Food Diary
My Food Diary
Personal Income and Expense Journal

Awards and Memberships

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

International Association of Media Tie-In Writers


Countdown to Action, National Best Books Awards finalist, Mom’s Choice Awards Silver recipient, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards finalist

Action Alert, Mom’s Choice Awards Silver recipient

Deadly Danger, Scribe Awards Finalist and Mom’s Choice Awards Silver recipient

Situation:Critical, Scribe Awards Finalist and Mom’s Choice Awards Silver recipient

Extreme Hazard: Scribe Awards Winner and Mom’s Choice Awards Silver recipient

Danger Zone: Mom's Choice Awards Silver Recipient

Sword of Queens: Finalist, Midwest Book Awards and Epic Awards

Related Experience

I was a Weight Watchers employee from 2000-2009, and giving presentations was a routine part of my job. I have given presentations to SCORE, SCBWI, and other groups about social media, ebooks, and self-publishing.

Accessibility Needs

I have asthma and allergies, and need an environment which is free of nut and peanut products, and also has no pets.

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