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I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing (fiction). I have over 15 years of experience as an editor and writer in magazine, book, and online publishing. I also have five years of experience as a transcriptionist. I currently work as Senior Editor for Selene River Press, Inc.

Experience in the area

I grew up on the Sisseton/Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation in Sisseton, South Dakota. After high school I attended college at Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. After receiving my BA in English, I stayed in MN for two years, working as a proofreader, a librarian assistant, and a print shop employee. I then moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University. I was an Associate Editor for The Colorado Review and worked in a print shop while pursuing my master's degree. After I graduated, I got a part-time job in Colorado as an editor and writer for Cottonwood Press, a small publisher specializing in supplemental books for teachers of English and language arts. A year later, I got an additional part-time job as Assistant Editor at Style Media and Design. I worked there for five years until I moved to full-time employment at Cottonwood Press. In 2010, Cottonwood Press was sold, and that year I got several freelance gigs: editor for Demand Media and Larimer County Natural Resources, and transcription editor for 3Play Media and Automatic Sync Technologies. In 2013, I found freelance work as a transcriptionist for Selene River Press. A few months later, I was hired as their Managing Editor. In 2014, I became Senior Editor at Selene River Press, and that's where I currently work full-time.


Member of The Colorado Authors' League


"A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises" (Prufrock Press, 2007). www.prufrock.com/A-Sentence-a-Day-P1597.aspx "Romance and Other Stories" (The Write Deal, 2011). www.thewritedeal.org/bookstore/103/


BA, English, Minnesota State University, 1995; MFA, Creative Writing, Colorado State University, 1999

Past/Present Clients

Selene River Press, Inc. Automatic Sync Technologies 3Play Media, Cambridge, MA Larimer County Natural Resources, Fort Collins, CO Demand Media, Santa Monica, CA Cottonwood Press, Inc. Style Media and Design

What do you like about this subject?

I like the fact that good stories simultaneously teach and entertain.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to further develop and refine my writing style.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Don't let what you don't know inhibit your writing. After all, one of the most beloved writers of children's books--Dr. Suess--never had children.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Literature has and will continue to have a positive effect on the world both culturally and politically.

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Recent Answers from Samantha Prust

2015-01-31 Science Fiction Story - "Immortal".:

Dear Prashant S Akerkar,    Thank you for your question. I hope I can help.     In my opinion, any idea can be a good science fiction story, film, or play if it's well-written. That is the key. Anyone

2014-01-05 need a little help with idea?:

It's difficult to help you without reading the whole story. To me, it would depend on one factor: how far was the sitter from the daughter when she saw her? If she saw her from a distance, it might be

2011-11-29 short story:

Hi Kiran!    Thanks for your question. A trick I learned from a writing professor to generate ideas is to get a stack of paper, cut it up into equal squares, and divide them up equally into three groups

2011-01-05 Using book titles in writing stories:

I am not a copyright expert, and I don't feel comfortable answering this question. Let me give you my opinion instead. Please check with a copyright expert about this issue if you are in doubt. My opinion

2010-12-15 Publishing short stories:

Hi Robert,    I appreciate your thanking me. You are welcome! You are on the right track with both options. Short stories do get published in a single volume. However, as a new, unpublished writer, you


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