Monday, August 1, 2011

News from Emerging Writers Network/Dzanc Books #michlit

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Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter
Week of August 1, 2011

In This Issue
eBooks Club
Almost Back to School Sale
Seven Spanish Angels
SSC Contest
Dzanc Books eBooks Club

What It Is

An exciting opportunity for our most loyal readers, the Dzanc Books eBook Club delivers a new eBook to its members on the first day of every month, with each selection coming from Dzanc and all of its imprints. In response to the proliferation of compatible devices and increased interest in eBook readings, Dzanc is committed to making it easier and less expensive for our readers to keep up on the newest releases from our catalog, and to delivering our titles in different formats for different kinds of readers.


Started in December 2010, selections so far have included acclaimed novels and short story collections by Robert Lopez, Roy Kesey, Stacey Levine, and Jeff Kass. Future books will be drawn from both our frontlist and the Dzanc Reprint Series, allowing us to deliver a wide variety of accomplished and emerging writers to our members.


Like all our eBooks, titles in the Dzanc eBook Club are delivered in DRM-free MOBI, ePub, and PDF formats, ensuring that club members will be able to enjoy it on their Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, or whatever other platform they choose to use, as well as their PC and whatever newer devices might emerge in the near future.


The Dzanc eBook Club is one of the best ways to stay current with our newest books, and we truly believe it is the best value available to eBook writers anywhere. With subscriptions costing just five dollars per month or sixty dollars per year, members receive a 37% discount off the eBook list price of our selections, on top of knowing that they'll receive many of our new titles as soon as they're released, in the format best matching their choice of reading technology.


If you have any questions or concerns, please free feel to email Matt Bell at

How It Works

Option One: Get eleven books for $50, including five titles immediately upon signing up, plus a six-month subscription! This is a 43% savings compared to the cost of ordering the eleven titles individually in eBook form.

Upon signing up for the Dzanc eBooks Club, you will instantly be able to download these five books:

You will also receive the current month's selection within 48 hours. Then, on the first of each of the next five months, you will receive an email announcement containing a unique link, allowing you to immediately download and enjoy the month's book.


After the sixth month, members will be able to continue your subscription for just $5 per month, a savings of nearly 40% from the Dzanc eBooks cover price.


Option Two: If you already have some of the above bundled eBooks, you may also sign up for the eBook Club directly, starting with the current month's book, which will be delivered within 48 hours:

  • $15: three-month subscription
  • $30: six-month subscription
  • $55: one-year subscription (includes one free month!)

On the first of each month, you will receive an email announcement containing a unique link, allowing you to immediately download and enjoy the month's book. With this option, you will be automatically resubscribed for the same period when you current subscription ends, unless you cancel through your Paypal account.

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Hope your weekend was a great one. Been doing some follow-up on last weekend's fiction writing here (still considered a huge rarity) and also started up Quarterly II posts at the EWN website..

Should have been last week on the blog and by email, but I believe will be coming this week--reviews of Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier (somehow I didn't review it last year when posting reviews of every book the man wrote), Patrick deWitt's The Ablutions, and his The Sisters Brothers, and Paul Maliszewski's Prayer for What They Said and What They Were Not Told (a great chapbook/story/novella?) and hopefully an interview.  More on all that soon.


Dan Wickett
EWN /Dzanc Books
Dzanc Almost Back to School Sale!

Welcome to our "Almost Back to School Sale," which started last week and runs through this Sunday:  


For a limited time, buy any print book Dzanc has published, and get another of equal or less value free, with no additional shipping!  


To take advantage of this deal, just add the higher-price book to your cart, and then, before checking out, click the "Add" link next to "Note to Seller," and put in the name of the free title you would like to receive.


eBooks are all also available for the same buy one get one free sale! Once again, simply add a note before checking out and let us know what other eBook title you would like. Your first will be available instantly for download, and your second will be sent by email as soon as possible.


Thank you for reading Dzanc, and enjoy the sale!


Seven Spanish Angels now available as an eBook

Many of you may know something of the back sgjstory of Stephen Graham Jones' novel, Seven Spanish Angels, and many probably do not. Knowledge of said back story is not necessary to pick up and enjoy this fantastic novel.

Life isn't easy in El Paso, Texas. Neither is death. Caught between them is crime-scene tech in-training Marta Villarreal, trying to work a case that may very well be her last. And she's having to work it without her assigned homicide escort, who's also kind of her boyfriend, and would look a lot more innocent if he would just come in, answer some questions about all these dead girls. Have the Juarez murders come north of the border now, or is it a copycat? And, why these women, why now? For as long as Marta can remember, the El Paso sun has baked the ground into a hard shell, so the dead can't climb out. Not this week, though. This week the dead are all over town. And Marta may be among them.


The quick version of the back story is this--the book was supposed to be published in 2005 but was not. It's been rolling around in Stephen's head ever since and is a great novel to help kick off the Dzanc rEprint Series off with. It's also available at retailers like Amazon and, etc. but ordering direct from Dzanc gets you both the .mobi and .epub files in case you ever opt to switch eReader types in the future.

More from Stephen on this book from his blog.
Short Story Collection Contest

Congratulations to Jason Ockert, whose manuscript, Neighbors of Nothing, has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Award, joining previous winners David Galef and Luis Jaramillo.


Dzanc is currently holding its fourth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2014, and will receive a $1000 advance.


Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $20 reading fee and a full manuscript, both submitted through our submission manager.

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