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Support the SJU Writing Series – Dr. April Lindner Reads From Her New Book LOVE, Lucy

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Dr. April Lindner

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The very talented Dr. April Lindner, Professor of English here at SJU, will read from her new novel LOVE, Lucy on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 during Free Period at the Library.  Read on for a brief description of the book, as well as the terrific reviews the book has received.

 

 

 

 

I could just disappear–lose myself in Florence.

The thought gave Lucy a delicious little shiver.

She could go anywhere, pick a new name for herself, become a whole new person.

She could learn Italian, apply for a job in a cafe, and never go home again.

I could be whoever I want to be.

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician.  After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.”  But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over too.

In this coming of age romance, due out in January 2015, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

 Reviews

“April Lindner brings on the feels with her usual charm. Love, Lucy is another romantic winner from this amazingly talented writer.”—Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and the Heather Wells mystery series

Love, Lucy hits all the right notes…This is a great coming-of-age story, perfect for Sarah Dessen fans or those who enjoy books with a summer romance.”—VOYA (starred review)

“A contemporary romance with surprising depth in its coming-of-age elements, this modern update of E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Lindner’s reimagined classics.”—SLJ

“This intelligent love story will resonate with readers who are themselves balancing the thin line between making lives of their own and seeking parents’ approval. A good read-alike recommendation for fans of Jennifer E. Smith or Stephanie Perkins.”—Booklist

 

 

 

 

NewPages.Com – An Excellent Resource for Creative Writers

 

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You have to see NewPages to really appreciate it.  NewPages.com is news, information and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.  Their Call for Submissions list is pages long, as well as their Writing Contest opportunities.  I’m not a serious writer, but I might just take a swing at one of their offerings.  What have I got to lose?  Take a look and let me know if anything jumps out at you.  I know you have something that would wow those judges!

Editorial Assistant Wanted

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Merion Matters is the company behind the popular ADVANCE brand, a leader in the healthcare industry for almost 30 years.  We’re committed to serving the informational and career needs of millions of doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals through a wide range of products and services including magazines, websites, a retail shop, events, custom promotions and communications, hospital shows, conferences and partnerships.  We offer corporate clients the opportunity to connect with and influence the healthcare market with effective, targeted and customized media, marketing and merchandise solutions.  Join our award-winning team and touch the lives of millions of healthcare professionals.  Visit us online at www.advanceweb.com.

We are seeking an Editorial Assistant to assist ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine and ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, serving our well-known publication and its supporting Web sites http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com & http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com. ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine & ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners provides timely, topical, balanced articles to connect rehab professionals with the latest issues surrounding the field.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage the entire site’s content, including: features, online columns, national news, blogs, resource centers, multimedia, etc.
  • Update top story/graphics and develop related content links weekly
  • Coordinate with editors to plan site content and generate story ideas with the objective of increasing advertiser appeal
  • Develop a thorough web content schedule each month and communicate this with editorial and sales teams
  • Coordinate graphics for top articles and communicate with art department on the supply of these materials
  • Update site according to deadlines
  • Update and manage Social Media pages such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Research and write, or acquisition, original news and feature articles and manage the process ensuring receipt of both materials and payment
  • Perform first edits of acquired web and/or print articles
  • Create Web table of contents to appear in print publications
  • Proof site when ready to go live
  • Write electronic newsletters to promote site
  • Write articles for print magazine as needed
  • Coordinate news section for print magazine
  • Attend monthly art/cover meetings and present ideas for photos, illustrations and graphics
  • Assist editor in the proofing of designed print articles and the production deadline process of the magazine
  • Attend annual conferences and provide conference “wrap-up” features after returning
  • Coordinate special projects as needed, including digital editions, surveys, patient handouts, conference calendars, etc.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of newspaper writing, magazine or trade publication experience. Entry level candidates with internship experience will be considered
  • Web content management experience a plus
  • Ability to forecast and manage business-related issues pertaining to the publication
  • Ability to collaborate with in-house sales and production staff

Please send resume along with 3 published samples to espiegel@advanceweb.com

Web and multimedia samples are strongly preferred.

Five Questions for Jordan Heil

Five Questions

by John M. Rafferty

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As a new member to the graduate Writing Studies program, I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Jordan Heil, a fellow, and much more seasoned, member of the program. In the following five questions, he shared his experiences thus far, where he sees himself headed, and a good deal of wisdom for all recently-enrolled students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What brought you to St. Joe’s?

 

I did my undergraduate work at Kent State University in Kent, OH. I was a typical English nerd, cardigan sweater, honor society—the works.

I wanted to go on to get a master’s degree, but I was young and lacking direction. At the time, I was living in a full state of panic. As most seniors, the threat of reality pushing in on my cozy, college world was horrifying.

At graduation, they pretty much hand you a degree, push you out the door, and wish you the best of luck—like any twenty-something, kicked out of the proverbial nest, I was sure my foray into the real world would end in disaster.

I vaguely thought I’d like to work for a magazine, so like any good millennial, I Facebook stalked my favorite editors and their publications. I looked up their backgrounds and school affiliations, work history and reading habits. The Internet tells all.

I figured if I played my cards right, I might end up like one of them—with a desk at The Paris Review or Esquire.

Well, after a while, I typed a magic combination of words into Google and found the Writing Studies program. I applied, and they accepted me.

Eventually, I packed up my Mustang and hit the road, took the turnpike and didn’t ask any questions. There was a girl, too, of course. She had a lot to do with it.

But I’m saving the cliché, romance for my future memoir.

 

What do you see as the program’s greatest strengths?

 

I’ve had a lot of wonderful experiences here at Saint Joe’s. It’s hard to narrow down…

There was this one time, I’d written an essay for a class I was taking. The essay was about education, but there was a lot in it about growing up, religion, faith—everything. It was the first time I’d let myself be vulnerable in print.

We were work-shopping our stuff that week, so everyone had read it. I sat at the table like a man awaiting judgment, expecting the worst. I was afraid that I’d revealed too much about myself.

It was like that scene from “Almost Famous” where Russell and William are standing by the pool. There are half-naked girls and Gibson guitars and scraggly musicians in the background. Russell turns to William and says, “What am I doing? I’m tellin’ secrets to the one guy you don’t tell secrets to.”

It was exactly like that—except it wasn’t sexy. And the soundtrack was not Lynyrd Skynyrd, but total silence (Laughing).

I struggled to write about myself before then. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t think I was interesting, or if I’d just thought that silence was the better option.

Finally, someone spoke up and said my prose was “elegant.” Another person chimed in and said it was “like poetry.” The feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive. It was, honestly, better than I could have imagined.

The support of my peers encouraged me to keep going. Now, I try not to hold anything back, and it’s all because of them.

The program’s single greatest strength is exactly what I’ve just described. There’s a real sense of community here, from students to staff. It’s an amazing environment.

 

Can you tell us about your experience as editor of The Avenue, the Writing Studies literary magazine?

 

I still can’t believe they’re letting me do it.

Sometimes, I wonder if Tenaya knew what she was getting into when she let me take on the project (Jokingly). I’m pretty high energy. I’ve got a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of ideas, and I ask a lot of questions.

In addition to my emails, I interrupt her work, in person, on like a weekly basis. I admire the people who tolerate me most (Laughing). I always think I’m being pesky.

The Avenue is an amazing publication. It’s the University’s best-kept secret, and I can’t wait to share the 2015 issue with everyone.

It’s going to be great, and we’ve got some things planned—a few updates on the horizon—for the people who are already familiar with it.

I’m not known for keeping quiet, but in this case, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Everyone needs to check it out!

The magazine is really my passion project. I can’t imagine a better opportunity, and I’m so grateful to have a shot at it. I love The Avenue, and the people who are working on it with me are really the best.

It wouldn’t be possible without their help, and I’m lucky they’ve stuck around.

 

What advice would you give to students who are just getting started in the program?

 

There’s this little place to eat back in Kent. It’s a small, family operation, and they used to have a chalkboard with inspirational messages, daily specials written on it—your standard diner stuff. I used to go there for dinner a few nights a week.

Well, one day I was there and they had a quote from Babe Ruth—“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” —up on the board.

At the time, I thought it was complete bullshit.

But the older I get, the more I realize there’s a bit of truth in it. It’s a lesson I’m still trying to learn.

My advice is just to take a chance. You never know where you might end up if you do.

 

As far as goals for the future, where do you see yourself headed?

 

Oh, well I’d like to get a job, travel, write a book or two…

After that, if I have my way, I’ll head for the hills. I think there’s probably a pumpkin farm and hound dog for me somewhere. But—who knows?

I’ve got no set plans.

I’m just trying to figure things out as I go along. Maybe it’s not the best course of action, but so far it seems to be working.

 

John Rafferty (johnmrafferty@gmail.com) is a student in the Writing Studies M.A. program at Saint Joseph’s University. This is his first in a series of posts.