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About Ben Zackheim

Ben Zackheim

Wolf, a character from the comic strip ‘The Block’ (who is actually Ben Zackheim). Written and drawn by, um Ben Zackheim.

Ben Zackheim is the writer of the Shirley Link mystery series of chapter books, and the fantasy adventure, The Camelot Kids.

Former Product Lead and Interim Director for, former (first) Editor-in-Chief of Joystiq, producer of many online games, cartoonist, thick hair.

I live in Massachusetts, surrounded by the Forbidden Forest, or Endor — depending on the mood — with my wife and son. I’m scheduled to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in 2015.

Feel free to leave me a message in the comments below and I’ll respond as soon as I can, or when I update this page again in seven and a half years. Whichever comes first.

There are approximately 1367 ways to contact me, but here are the best ways. I look forward to hearing from you!

[blockquote author_name=”” width=”50%” float=”left”]Twitter: @zackheim
Email: ben [at] shirleylink [dot] com[/blockquote]


  1. Dear Ben,

    your book Shirley Link and The Safe Case was yesterday free on the german amazon site
    Because I did like it, I suggested it at the german blog xtme.englishbooks, which offers a daily selection of free English books on You will find your book at This morning around around 8.00 am (UTC + 1) your book was at position 59 of the first hundred free english books on

    Germany is a great market for english books. Not only native speakers living in Germany purchase them, but a lot of germans prefer to read british or american books in the original language. Even bookstores in minor towns offer a shelf with english books. For english e-books is the biggest provider. Please let us know ahead of time when you give away another freebie.

    If you want to learn more about the german market for english e- books and promotion of your books in Germany please feel free to contact us: (Susanne Weigand) or (Johannes zum Winkel)


    Susanne Weigand and Johannes zum Winkel

  2. Thank you Susanne! It’s great to see Shirley on the charts in Germany. I will definitely let you know when the next freebie is coming up. For now, the ebooks have gone back to their original prices of .99 to 2.99 USD but I’ll have another giveaway before the end of the year. I’ll also be releasing a new series titled The Camelot Kids. It’s YA Fantasy and I’m really proud of it. Thanks again!


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