A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Tim Weed’s new fiction collection

51bkcjkdvplGreetings everyone,

Pleased to announce the forthcoming (April 7, 2017) release by Green Writers Press of my new fiction collection, A Field Guide To Murder & Fly Fishing.  The book is available for pre-order, or, if you’re interested in writing a review, feel free to send me a note to request a free advance copy!

Here’s some of the advance praise, beginning with an excerpt of a review written by our very own Ron Samul:

“A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing is more than a collection of adventure stories. It is a significant and moving collection of ideas, snapshots, and visions that leave a lasting impression . . . Never predictable, this collection is a must for travelers, adventure seekers, and anyone who cares to examine the depth of [Weed’s] varied and flawed characters.” —Ron Samul, We Are the Curriculum

“From the mountain lakes of the Colorado Rockies to cobbled streets of Spain, this fascinating collection of short stories by Vermont-based writer Tim Weed (Will Poole’s Island) never disappoints. The stories are more about choices than they are about fly fishing or murder, but time and again Weed’s vivid characters in these thirteen tales of dark adventure are forced to confront a vision of themselves—or others—that’s not quite as positive as they’d hoped . . . A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing is a collection you’ll be happy to get lost in.” Julie Reiff, Ploughshares.

“In his first short story collection, novelist Tim Weed shows his stunningly impressive range—transporting readers from the heights of the Andes and the depths of the Amazon to the backstreets of Rome and Granada. Many of Weed’s stories have a hint of the mysterious, even the supernatural, but they are all grounded in sharply-rendered material worlds so fresh one feels one might step directly into the literary photographs he has created and stroll around for a while. A top-notch debut, not to be missed.”—Jacob Appel, author of Einstein’s Beach House

If you’re interested, you can read all about it here. And again, feel free to send me a note if you’d like to request a review copy!

Warm regards,

Tim

 

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Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader)

Hey all,

It was nice to meet so many of you at the residency last month. Some of you may remember my discussion of my next book, Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader)—and indeed, some of you from residencies past may remember a sample book proposal for a book called “Flash Cocktails”—so I am writing to let you know that it is up for pre-order on Amazon. Other major etailers will have it up in a week or three, but Big A always seems to get their pages live first.

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The book combines flash fiction I selected and edited (plus a story of my own) and cocktail recipes curated by my co-editor Molly Tanzer. One of the stories is from Westconn faculty lecturer Libby Cudmore!

Gift-style books like these are a way of keeping busy between larger projects, and this one is also a bit of a personal passion project—I want to help short fiction survive. Who’d expect to find a short story anthology among the cookbooks and party-planning titles far from the Fiction/Literature section? These sorts of titles—quick, short “compiled” books designed to be purchased as presents—are also relatively easy to sell (Mixed Up  got “only” fifteen or so rejections before landing with Skyhorse Publishing) and is something a writer with a relative handful of credits can end up doing as a first or second book. Think about it as you strive to enter the publishing world; go to sections of the bookstore you don’t normally check out and you’ll see a ton of this sort of book.

Mixed Up won’t be out till October—it’s a gift book, the idea is that it works as a casual gift for friends, or a stocking stuffer for close family—but I hope some of you decide to pre-order, or check it out when it hits the shelves this autumn. Buy copies for everyone you know who rates a $10-15 present.

Here’s the fiction table of contents, which includes stalwarts from fantasy, crime/thriller, literary, and even experimental fiction:

(n.b. There are more cocktail recipes in the book than there are stories.)

Maurice Broaddus “Two Americans Walk Into a Pub…” (Pimm’s Cup)

Selena Chambers “Arrangement in Juniper and Champagne” (French 75)

Libby Cudmore “One More Night To Be Pirates” (Dark ‘N’ Stormy)

Gina Marie Guadagnino “In The Sky She Floats” (Manhattan)

Elizabeth Hand “Eat the Wyrm” (margarita)

Cara Hoffman “I’ve Been Tired” (Negroni)

Jarett Kobek “Wes Anderson Uses A Urinal” (champagne cocktail)

Carrie Laben “Take Flight” (aviation)

Carmen Machado “There and Back Again” (corpse reviver #2)

Nick Mamatas “The End of the End of History” (vodka martini)

Jim Nisbet “Mint Julep Through the Ages” (mint julep)

Benjamin Percy “Bloody at Mazie’s Joint” (Bloody Mary)

Dominica Phetteplace “Gin is Stronger Than Witchcraft” (orange blossom)

Tim Pratt “But You Can’t Stay Here” (fin de siècle)

Robert Swartwood “Dinner with the Fire Breathers” (Smoking Bishop)

Jeff VanderMeer “Marmot Season” (Moscow Mule)

Will Viharo “Hot Night at Hinky Dinks” (mai tai)

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Essay at Literature

At long last, my essay, featuring illustrations by Christina Sun, is out at Electric Literature. Take a break from politics and have a read.

https://electricliterature.com/crime-of-the-ancient-mariner-by-brian-lance-with-illustrations-by-christina-sun-da2f89e52c6b#.x4nvywa9l

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Enter the Black Orchid Novella Award Contest!

As you may know, I’m the chair of the Black Orchid Novella Award. There’s no entry fee, and the winner receives $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The deadline is May 31, 2017.

We’re looking for a traditional mystery that honors the literary excellence of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries. The novella should be between 15,000 and 20, 000 words. Complete rules and submission instructions are available at www.nerowolfe.org.

Any questions? You’re welcome to email me directly.

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Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot nominated for an Agatha Award

I’m thrilled to announce that Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, from Writer’s Digest Books, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot cover art - Jane K. Cleland

The Agatha Awards are sponsored by Malice Domestic, an annual conference held in Bethesda, MD each April, dedicated to traditional mysteries. They’re considered one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery world.

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OMG!s are Active

Both syllabi are up. Please review and direct any questions or problems to the instructor.

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Job Listing

I received this job announcement and post it here in case of interest:

Dynamic Part-time Instructors Needed
Are you passionate about teaching and insanely gifted at motivating young people? Catalyst Prep, an innovative, outside-the-box test prep company, is looking for talented SAT, ACT and Subject Area teachers (no prior test prep experience necessary!) to work with students. Areas covered will include the East Coast and nationally online.
Catalyst Prep strives to change the way learners prepare for standardized tests by pairing extensive test prep experience and research with a humorous, ground-breaking curriculum. Catalyst provides the perfect opportunity for students, pre-service and seasoned educators to utilize a talent for teaching while enjoying a flexible evening and weekend schedule.
Compensation starts at $25/hour for independent prep and $250/weekend for Bootcamp workshops. Paid training included.
For more information and to apply to be considered for 2017 please contact Kate Meersschaert: kate.meersschaert@catalystprep.com
Or, apply directly: http://catalystprep.com/career/explore-teaching-opportunities/

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