Friday, January 30, 2015

BOOK: The Hedgerows of June by Ron Shannon

BOOKS

The Hedgerows of June

France, late June 1944.

The town of Saint-Lô is an important Nazi transportation hub in occupied France and the experienced German Army is determined to defend it. An inexperienced American Army is equally determined to conquer Saint-Lô. The result is the Battle of the Hedgerows, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

A British spy, Chris Weymouth, and an American expatriate, Mary McCorkel, meet at the home of Jean-Claire, an aging French Resistance operative. She tells Chris they have been given the responsibility to reunite four children with their fugitive parents in Saint-Lô. Chris is reluctant to take the dangerous mission, but Jean-Claire tells him he has no choice. The OSS has ordered Chris to get the children to Saint-Lô for purposes he is not permitted to discuss with Mary. Mary has her own secret reasons for making the journey.

To get to Saint-Lô they must cross the treacherous French farmland known as the bocage, or hedgerows, and what will soon be the battlefield. While staying one step ahead of the attacking Americans and dodging the defending Germans Chris and Mary discover their lives are threatened not only by the war, but also by the secrets and deceptions they are sworn to protect.

Ron Shannon discovered a passion for storytelling at a very young age: while listening to his teacher read the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to the overly-excited members of his sixth grade class. Later, he went on to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with the unlikely degree combination of accounting and English. Recently he completed his Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Ron lives, daydreams, and writes at the New Jersey shore.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOOK: Virgin Quest by Mark Radford

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Virgin Quest is a romantic comedy unfolding within a mystery.

Tom Webber was ready for the race of a lifetime - the Virgin Quest, where moral values is the key to winning the heart of a decent woman. Finding love, hampered by lustful temptations and the chaotic obstacles that threaten to derail the whole Virgin Quest race. Can Tom win through in this satire on the romance game with a touch of mystery?


Mark Radford is a deaf British author born in 1964, who has been living on the south coast of England for over 30 years. After many dormant years, his writing dream was revived when in mid 1998 ill health caused him to lose his job on medical grounds. It was diagnosed as Menieres. During the recovery period, he enrolled in two creative writing courses that led to writing qualifications and two books were written in that time, one of which was 'Early Memory', his debut publication release. A full biography of the author can be found at his website www.markradford.co.uk. He is presently working on his next book.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VIDEO: Pulp Crazy - Two Hawks from Earth by Philip Jose Farmer with Mention of Dakota's Gate by Heidi Ruby Miller

VIDEOS

Jason Aiken of Pulp Crazy wishes Philip Jose Farmer a Happy Birthday by taking a look at Two Hawks from Earth. He mentions the latest edition from Monkey Brain Books with a foreword by Christopher Paul Carey and my follow up story "Dakota's Gate" from The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster from Meteor House Books (8 minutes in).


The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster
Foreword by Frederik Pohl
Peoria-Colored Worlds
Missing the Wit and Creativity by Michael Bailey
Down in Phil Farmer's Basement by Steven Connelly
Over All, After All by Philip José Farmer
Of Friendships and Influences
The Holy Spirit of Science Fiction by Bruce Sterling
A Box of Influence by Chris Garcia
Wild Weird Clime by Philip José Farmer
To Be, or Not to Be by Tom Wode Bellman
Worlds in Disguise
Trout Masque Rectifier by Jonathan Swift Somers III
Kilgore, Kurt, and Me by David M. Harris
The Many Dooms of Harold Hall by Charlotte Corday-Marat
Desires Denied by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
Classic Worlds
Osiris on Crutches by Philip José Farmer & Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor
The Genuine Imposter by Rick Lai
The Long Wet Dream of Rip van Winkle by Philip José Farmer
Up, Out, and Over, Roger by Philip José Farmer
Expanded Worlds
The Wild Huntsman by Win Scott Eckert
Dakota's Gate by Heidi Ruby Miller
The Last of the Guaranys by Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi
Trickster of the Apes by S.M. Stirling

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

RESEARCH: Life after the MFA by Heidi Ruby Miller

RESEARCH

UPDATED - JUNE 2016!

YOU WROTE A WHOLE BOOK.

CONGRATULATIONS!

NOW WHAT?

LIFE AFTER THE WPF PROGRAM


The following is an outline from a class I teach for the graduating students during their last residency in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. I am a WPF alumna and now adjunct faculty and a mentor there.

PURSUITS
1. More education
2. Teaching
3. Organizational memberships
4. Jobs in publishing industry
5. Something else entirely
6. Hybrid of options
7. Publication

1. MORE EDUCATION
A. Online offerings
GoGRAD - http://www.gograd.org/online-masters-programs/teaching-degree
Poets & Writers - http://www.pw.org/mfa
NewPages - http://www.newpages.com/creative-writing-programs/
AWP - https://www.awpwriter.org/programs_conferences/guide_writing_programs

B. Local schools

C. Letters of recommendation/references - professors, mentors, peers, and alum

2. TEACHING
A. Online listings
HigherEdJobs - http://www.higheredjobs.com/
Academic Careers - http://www.academiccareers.com/
The University Jobs - http://univjobs.com/

B. Local listings
Craigslist - http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites - Check out listings here carefully!
Newspapers
Word of Mouth
College/University sites

C. Letters of Recommendation/References - professors, mentors, peers, and alum

3. ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
A. Professional organizations
The Authors Guild - http://www.authorsguild.org/
ITWhttp://thrillerwriters.org/
RWAhttp://www.rwa.org/
HWAhttp://horror.org/
MWAhttp://mysterywriters.org
SFWAhttp://www.sfwa.org/
Pennwritershttp://www.pennwriters.org/

B. Local organizations

C. Seton Hill WPF Alum

4. JOBS IN PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
A. Freelancing
BloggingPro - http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/
CraigsList - http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites - Check out listings here carefully!
Duotrope - https://duotrope.com/
Freelancewriting.com - http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs.php
Freelance Writing Jobs - http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/category/writing-gigs/
JournalismJobs - http://www.journalismjobs.com/search_results.cfm?JobTypeID=4
LinkedIn Jobs - http://www.linkedin.com/job/home?trk=hb_tab_jobs_top
MediaBistro - http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings/default.asp?gdsr=1&jbdr=3
ProBlogger - http://jobs.problogger.net/
Word of mouth

B. Editing
JournalismJobs - http://www.journalismjobs.com/search_results.cfm?JobTypeID=4
LinkedIn Jobs - http://www.linkedin.com/job/home?trk=hb_tab_jobs_top
MediaBistro - http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings/default.asp?gdsr=1&jbdr=3
CraigsList - http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
Individual publisher sites
Word of mouth

C. References - professors, mentors, peers, and alum

5. SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY
Maybe your bliss lies outside the writing realm. And, that’s okay. It’s your life, your dreams.

6. HYBRID OF OPTIONS
Most likely you’ll be working in many of these fields, especially the combination of publishing and education.

7. PUBLICATION
A. Agent
AgentQuery.com - http://www.agentquery.com/
Poets & Writers - http://www.pw.org/literary_agents
Query Tracker - http://www.querytracker.net/
Writer's Digest - http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/literary-agent
Author Advance - http://www.authoradvance.com/agencies

B. Publisher
Ralan.com - http://www.ralan.com
ITW - http://thrillerwriters.org/aboutitw/recognized-publishers/
Duotrope - https://duotrope.com
Dark Markets - http://www.darkmarkets.com/search/label/Book%20Publishers
Romance Book Publishers - http://www.everywritersresource.com/romance-book-publishers/
Individual sites

C. Self-Publishing
Amazon KDP - https://kdp.amazon.com/kdp/self-publishing/signin
Lulu - http://www.lulu.com/
Lightning Source - https://www.lightningsource.com/
Create Space - https://www.createspace.com
Nook Press - https://www.nookpress.com/
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/
Xlibris - http://www2.xlibris.com/

GOOD LUCK!