James M. Weil
James Weil is an award-winning writer who has written for newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals. Fresh out of high school, he was accepted into Antioch’s Summer Seminar for Writers at Oxford, England. From there he attended Antioch’s Writer’s Year Abroad in London.
Taking a two-year hiatus from school, he moved to Padua, Italy where he made a living working odd jobs and tutoring English to medical students at the University of Padua. During his two-year stay in Italy, he traveled extensively throughout the country, and speaks several dialects of Italian.
He received his B.A. in Journalism from Temple University with a minor in business. After several years working for next to nothing in newspapers and magazines, he decided to go into the business end of publishing and found a job in circulation management with a controlled-circulation magazine publisher in Westchester, NY.
The company was years behind the times, and their fulfillment house was sending their circulation files on microfiche. Realizing quickly that this would never do, he researched database software that would fit the needs of the company.
Visual FoxPro 3.0 was the hottest database programming language on the market for small to medium businesses, so he ordered a copy, had the fulfillment house send all their data on tape, and taught himself computer programming.
Within months, he built a robust circulation management system, enabling the marketing department and upper management to segment their circulation data and produce detailed reports about their target audiences.
Quickly realizing he could make a small fortune as an independent consultant, he quit the publishing business and went out on his own. In just a few years he made a name for himself in the FoxPro community, and travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe mentoring others, as well as designing database systems for companies of all sizes. Things were going gangbusters until September 11, but after that most of his independent work dried up, and he found regular jobs programming in an assortment of industries.
He finally landed his dream job with the State of New York, where he now works with an extremely talented group of people. In the intervening years he wrote three novels: Swiss Chocolate, El Aguila, and Esmeralda. All three books got picked up by his agent, Chamein Canton of Chamein Canton Literary Agency. Chamein Canton is an award-winning, bestselling romance writer who has published nine books, and works her agency fulltime.
He and Chamein became very good friends, and he began helping her by vetting manuscripts and query letters. Eventually she gave him the authority to sign writers he really fell in love with, and is responsible for getting four new writers published. In return, she taught him the ins and outs of the book publishing industry, a leviathan that is nearly impossible to keep up with.
James Weil is as passionate about writing as he is about editing, and is torn between two loves, but most of all, he lives to see new talent get a start in the publishing business.
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Life in a Swiss boarding school is idyllic for Drew Smith. Captivated by the beauty of the Swiss Alps, he is also in love with the girl of his dreams, Alexandra Cavalletti, a young aristocrat from Rome.
His world is ripped apart when he and Alexandra are expelled from school after being caught making love in the woods one night. Drew goes home to a broken family, and all that he has come to expec
The Last Summer
A nostalgic look at a high school summer romance from the point of view of an abused young man, whose upbringing prevents him from expressing his true feelings to the young girl he loves with all his heart. A painful, touching story of what happens to us when all we know is abuse and neglect.
The War Machine
A factory laborer destroys the machine he works on after finding out he is a cog in the instrument of war. One of my earliest stories, The War Machine won second place in a short story contest at Mesa College in San Diego in 1987. It was published in two places: Inword Journal and The Mesa Press; March 9, 1987. The restriction was 2,000 words.
Turpitude & Bad Financing
A misguided middle-aged man deals with the heartbreak of losing the love of his life, his job, his marriage, and ultimately his loss of self. A painful, brutally honest dissection of a man on the edge and what he will do to win back his identity, even though he is sitting on a house of cards.
A moving story about a young man trapped in the turmoil of a family that has gone astray. Harmony House won first place in Dailey Swan Publishing’s 2011 Short Story Contest. Hundreds of stories were submitted from all across the country. The top forty were chosen and posted on Dailey Swan Publishing’s website and scribd.com. The winners were decided by reader choice.
The Dance Teacher
A writer decides to take up salsa and falls for his temperamental dance teacher, leaving him wondering whether he is actually in love, or simply infatuated with the idea of being in love. A somewhat comedic look at the foibles of two artists, struggling with their demons as they dance their way through a myriad of nuances and mixed signals.
The cafeteros in Colombia get forced into growing coca after the bottom drops out of the coffee market. The guerrillas get involved and then all hell breaks loose when the military gets wind of it and tries to force them out. It is told from the eyes of a nineteen-year-old girl who hires a coyote to bring her across the Arizona border after her entire town and family are decimated by bloodshed.
Smashwords book reviews by James M. Weil
- Milk Run
on June 29, 2012
Beginners often neglect the essentials of grammar and punctuation. Also, solid sentence structure is paramount for good story telling. Nice effort. Keep writing.
~ James M. Weil