Friday, September 9, 2011

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Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter
September 9, 2011

In This Issue
eBooks Club
rEprint Titles NOW Available!
SSC Contest
Recent Reviews
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.


Shockingly, I'm still behind on my reviews over at the EWN, still looking to wrap up those reviews on the forthcoming Everett, the recently Man Booker short-listed novel by Patrick deWitt (plus his earlier novel), and also the newly published (in the UK only right now) Magnus Mills novel--all of these were pretty fantastic). Check the blog over the weekend for some action on these.

If I were to give some quick mini-review ratings to some of these:

Ablutions by Patrick deWitt - set in a bar with a pretty unique viewpoint, one that HAD to be written well to keep a reader's attention--he succeeded, 4 stars

Hustle by Jason Skipper - Music, family, redemption. A more than solid coming-of-age tale, 4 stars

Assumption by Percival Everett - This one is closer to a mystery, or small series of mysteries, than I think Everett has written before, and as usual, he's created a compelling group of characters, setting and plot. 4.5 stars

Erasure by Percival Everett -- a re-read of this reprint. I might have enjoyed it more than I did half a decade ago when reading it jump-started me into finding and reading everything the man has written, 5 stars

The Devil  All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock - his debut novel takes up where Knockemstiff left off--hard living folks in small OH towns, and some drifting into West Virginia as well. A trio of stories really that blend in and out of being one larger story. DRP has created some people you are more than happy you only meet on the page, 4 stars

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt--the Man Booker folks made a great decision here. Just a great book from the fantastic front cover on to the very end, 5 stars

Three to See the King by Magnus Mills - I LOVED this one too. Some interesting looks (I believe) at religion, our place in society, and  a completely unique setting that may or may not be from our current world (and I don't believe it matters which the case is) done in Mills' pretty unique way of writing and telling stories. 4.5 stars

A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In by Magnus Mills - sorry to tease those who love his writing as this is UK available only at the current time. A completely different world this time, but  this is very allegorical and thought provoking about top dog societies and some of the structures they set their lives to. 4.5 stars


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

Welcome to our "Back to School Sale," which starts today and runs through next Sunday:   


The "almost back to school sale" was pretty popular so we decided to do something extremely similar to celebrate the extra activities flooding so many of your households. 


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!


Three rEprint titles now available as an eBook

The first trio of eBooks in our rEprint Series are now available (stay tuned as many more will be appearing in the very near future). The idea behind this series is publishing great works of contemporary literature that are deserving and clearly will benefit from having their work appear in electronic form. Our efforts include works that have recently gone out of print, books in print that have yet to be converted to e-form, as well as titles iPad Ted Peltonwhere the author holds the eBook rights and is looking for a publishing partner for the electronic version of their book.

Stephen Graham Jones' Seven Spanish Angels is available (after never quite being published in print form--check out Stephen's blog for the story on that), and the first two titles brought into availability as eBooks in this series are David Lynn's Wrestling With Gabriel and Ted Pelton's Malcolm & Jack and Other Famous American Criminals.
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.

Recent Reviews

A couple of recent reviews of Dzanc titles:

"Love Doesn't Work is by one of those storytellers, who produce real stories, stories you will remember & stories you want to remember."--Marcus Speh, GoodReads

"A rather genius questioning of the self and what each of us mean to one another, and the perceptions and realities therein. A moving work, though also, incredibly heartbreaking."--Nicolle Elizabeth via The Faster Times about Dreams of Molly

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