Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dispatches from the Desk: Please Don’t Lie

 

by Libby Cudmore & Matthew Quinn Martin

…hello all, your president and vice president here with our another of our semi-regular featured blog posts.

…mmm…doughnutty!!!

Ah, autumn, where we are treated to hot apple cider and donuts, crunching leaves beneath our feet…and the annual reminder that a certain fellow writer in our circle has a novel coming out “next fall,”…the same novel that he’s told us was coming out next fall for the past six years. We’re starting to think that he’s been lying.

And we take a rather dim view of liars.

We see it all too often…as we mentioned in our article for the (now-defunct) Writer magazine, lying is not a good way to jumpstart a career. Unpublished writers (and sometimes published ones too) can sometimes have this terrible habit of referring to a work as “forthcoming” when it isn’t forthcoming from any place other than their desktop printer (or, more likely, imagination).

…who WOULDN’T want to read this???

While it’s great to think positive, if Libby went around telling everyone about her “forthcoming” marriage to Jason Sudakis, you’d look at her like she was crazy—so when writers talk about a “forthcoming” novel that they have yet to finish (or a “debut” novel that has yet to get published) they look just as nuts.

Here’s a great example––self-proclaimed “World’s Youngest Novelist” Gloria Tesch. Ms. Tesch, now 18, had her book Maradona and the Seven Bridges published through “Liberty Media.” This “small press” has only published a handful of other books, and ALL of them are part of Tesch’s the six-book Maradonia trilogy (yes, she calls a six-book series a trilogy)

It’s a bit like hearing a writer going on and on about their agent only for you to find out later that they were talking about their real estate agent. We knew a writer who boasted about her agent, only for us to find that not only did her “agent” not have her listed as a client, this “agent” didn’t have a single writer listed there. We were, frankly, embarrassed for her. We didn’t make a funny YouTube video about it…but perhaps we should have.

we’re 99% sure THIS is the agent she was talking about

And if we spot any of you engaging in these deceptive tactics…we just might.

Bottom line, if you want to be a successful, and more importantly a respected, writer…save the fiction for the page and keep it out of your press releases.

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Stonecoast Faculty Member Nancy Holder blogs about community and how she stays connected to Alumni.

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Blog

By Nancy Holder

When I first started teaching at Stonecoast, I wondered if I would feel like part of a community, since I would only see the other faculty members and students twice a year. After having taught in the lit department at the University of California at San Diego, I figured I would miss the mingling—passing students in the halls and seeing them during office hours.

I did remind myself that I’ve worked for years with editors I’ve never met in person, and I’ve done a substantial amount of online teaching and never met any of those students. But I knew it would be different as a faculty member of an intensive low-residency program, where I would only see other Stonecoasters every January and July.

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Create your AWP Portfolio Page

I’m putting together portfolios to feature our alumni and faculty at AWP and other public gatherings in which we can showcase our collective work. If you’d like to be included in the portfolio, it’s really easy. Each person gets ONE page in the portfolio, which will comprise a series of 3-ring binders arranged by Stonecoast concentration.

I’ve included two different ONE-PAGE samples based on my own work that you can use as an example when putting together your portfolio page. Feel free to take a look at them and copy the style or come up with something of your own that you feel adequately represents your work. I think something along these lines is good since it gives you an opportunity to display book covers as well as text. However, the choice is yours. Use your one-page of space wisely. The only part of the portfolio that needs to be identical for everyone is the header since that is what I will use to organize the pages within each binder.

If you want to be included in the AWP portfolio, please be sure to send your ONE portfolio page to me as a WORD document no later than January 31, 2013. Please do not send late submissions. Note, whatever you send will include in the portfolio. So please make sure that your page is perfect before submitting it to me. Thank you for your understanding.

When submitting your page, please email it to Erin Underwood and include “Portfolio Page” in the subject line so that I can easily search my email to ensure that I don’t miss anything. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Cheers, Erin

Examples:

Portfolio Pages Received:

  • Armistead, Cal
  • Bouthillette, Emma
  • Bovenmyer, Karen
  • Martin, Amy
  • Rhodes, Steve
  • Roessner, Michaela
  • Schmitt, Catherine
  • Underwood, Erin

 

 

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Community News & Updates October 2012

ALUMNI NEWS

Jennifer Marie Brissett has had two stories published. “Clone” is in Ripped Genes: The Biopunk Special Issue of Morpheus Tales magazine and is available for the Kindle and other eBook formats as well as in paperback. Her story “Secrets of the Sea” is in The Future Fire magazine and it’s available free online!

Debbie Daughetee, aka D. Lynn Smith (Popular Fiction, S’08), sold her short story “Anointed” to Blood Bound Books for publication in their new anthology D.O.A. II: Extreme Terror.

Julie Day (Popular Fiction, S’12) has a short story titled “Finding Your Way to the Coast” in the Fall 2012 issue of A cappella Zoo.

Louis A. Di Leo (Fiction, S’10) graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in July and began working as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is pursuing a PhD in English. He is currently working on articles regarding the law and literature movement.

Lissa Kiernan (Poetry, S’11) is a finalist in the 3rd Annual Terrain.org Contest in Poetry.

Susan Lilley‘s (Poetry, ’08) new chapbook, Satellite Beach, will be coming later this fall by Finishing Line Press.

Will Ludwigsen‘s (Popular Fiction, W’11) collection of horror and dark fantasy short fiction, In Search Of and Others, will appear in March 2013 from Lethe Press. It’s available now for pre-order on Amazon. Also, Will’s story “Leverage” (a memoir of the world’s laziest hitman) is available in issue 67 of Cemetery Dance, and his story “The Ghost Factory” (a tale of an abandoned asylum haunted by both the living and the dead) appears in the September/October 2012 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.

Alison McMahan (Popular Fiction, W’10) has been hired by Armada Studios to collaborate on a sci-fi vampire film. Her documentary, Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs, will soon be screening on BBC Scotland and streaming on Kanopy.

Laura Navarre (Popular Fiction, W’11) launched her maiden foray into contemporary romantic suspense, writing as Nikki Navarre, with her debut release for The Russian Seduction (Affluent Press, Oct. 1 release), the first in a two-book deal for her Foreign Affairs series. The Russian Seduction was her second-semester project with Mike Kimball at Stonecoast. Meanwhile, Harlequin is keeping historical Laura plenty busy—her Tudor paranormal romance trilogy is scheduled for quick release starting in March 2013 with Magick by Moonrise.

STUDENT NEWS

Sheila Boneham (Creative Nonfiction) wants you to drop dead—but for a good cause! Sheila is celebrating the release of Drop Dead on Recall, her new mystery, by collaborating with an independent bookstore for “Drop Dead for Healthy Dogs,” a “virtual book launch & signing” running now through October 11. A portion of sales will be donated to either of two not-for-profit organizations that support canine health research. Purchases of Sheila’s nonfiction books, including Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster and Rehome Companion Animals (Alpine, 2009) also qualify for the event. For information about the “virtual book launch” (a collaborative model that may work for other authors), please click here.

 

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