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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ask for any five titles we have in eBook form--this includes Dzanc titles, our rEprint titles, and any of our imprint titles. The files will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your signing up.
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.
The Dzanc Novel Contest for Mid-Career Writers
In an effort to further support writers in mid-career, Dzanc Books announces the launch of our Dzanc Novel Contest designed to advance the publishing career of an established author. While at times it seems the publishing industry is only interested in the next big thing, we at Dzanc recognize the value of experienced writers who have gone through the process of creating and publishing two or more books. Mid-career writers are the backbone of our industry yet often these writers are overlooked and have a harder time finding a publisher than first time writers. In response, we at Dzanc have created this prize to honor those writers who have stayed the course and learned a thing or three over the years.
We are looking specifically for a writer with at least two full-length previously published books, either novels, short story collections, and/or non-fiction.
Entry to our novel prize involves sending a copy of your full manuscript, a cover letter detailing your previously published full-length books, as well as a $20 entry fee.
Entries by writers who have not yet published at least two full-length books will not be considered.
The deadline is February 1, 2012.
Every person that submits will receive a complimentary eBook from Dzanc (selected from one of the titles that has been a monthly selection in our eBooks Club) within 24 hours of submitting their manuscript.
There will be a winner selected, guaranteed, and this book will receive our standard publishing contract to be published both in print and as an eBook in July 2013,
including a $1000 advance and promotional efforts such as arranging a book tour.
To submit, first pay your $20 entry fee using the paypal button below, then send your cover letter and full manuscript (in .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF format) to email@example.com. (Entries received without an entry fee or a cover letter containing details of your previous books cannot be considered.)
SE Michigan Events Wednesday 9/28/2011
Tomorrow, September 28, 2011, there is a new great reading series beginning:
A series sponsored by Absinthe: New European Writing, Black Coffee Press, Dzanc Books, and Midwestern Gothic. It will be held the last Wednesday of every month at the Mentobe Cafe in downtown Farmington, MI (33336 Grand River) from 7 to 8 p.m. Free of charge.
Readers at this inaugural evening include:
David James' second full-length book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for poetry. He's also published four other chapbooks, including one of prose poems. His one-act plays have been produced from New York City to California. James earned a doctorate from Wayne State University and teaches for Oakland Community College.
Poet and novelist, David LaBounty lives in suburban Detroit. He is the author of Affluenza, The Trinity and The Perfect Revolution (all from Silverthought Press) and has had over a hundred poems published in various journals. In 2013 Black Coffee Press will release a collection of his poetry and short stories.
Peter Markus is the author of three books of short-fiction, Good, Brother; The Moon is a Lighthouse; and The Singing Fish, and the novel Bob, or Man on Boat. His stories and poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. He has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Peter holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University.
A few introductory things, both EWN and Dzanc related:
Full reviews are still forthcoming over at the EWN, beyond those books I've recently done mini-reviews for, look for a review on Jessica Francis Kane's The Report, a great novel published earlier this year. A couple of other things I'm currently (or have recently) enjoying include the galley for Karl taro Greenfeld's Now Trends (Short Flight/Long Drive Books), Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (OV Books), Robert Kloss' How the Days of Love & Diphtheria (Mudluscious Press), and any comics I can find that were written by Scott Snyder (just found out he had an 11 or 12 issue run on Detective that I've tracked down all but 3 of, plus the new relaunches of The Swamp Thing and Batman--DC Comics).
Dzanc Books, an independent publisher of award-winning fiction and non-fiction, is looking to hire freelance designers experienced in converting manuscripts to eBook form for an ongoing program. Applicants must have knowledge of InDesign and be able to produce accurate, high-quality files in both Kindle and ePub formats starting from InDesign, PDF, and Word files. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a sample ebook to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of you members that have recently started up an author website, or published a book, shoot me an email so that I can announce it to other members here, or add the link to the EWN blog--one recent announcement (look in the comments) we were pretty excited to see was that long-time member David Abrams has sold his novel Fobbit to Grove/Atlantic--those of you that have been around long enough remember when David was stationed in Kuwait and then Iraq, and we had the fortune to post some of his journal entries, which helped lead to his finding an agent, and these entries helped David put together a novel at least partially based on his experiences.
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.
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.
Two very recent titles include Peter Markus' We Make Mud (Dzanc) and Men Undressed (OV Books) which includes fiction from Aimee Bender, Aimee Parkison, Alicia Erian, Allison Amend, A.M. Homes, and 23 others (I decided to stop after realizing I was typing every name in alphabetical order).
Thank you for reading Dzanc, and enjoy the sale!
rEprint Titles Available About to Explode
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 where the author holds the eBook rights and is looking for a publishing partner for the electronic version of their book.
Dzanc has made some changes to its production process that will allow us to bring titles out at a much quicker rate than previously and there are at least seven or eight in full process now to look forward to very soon.
We've recently signed up titles by Ralph Lombreglia, Steve Stern, Charles Blackstone, Steven McDermott, Kate Zambreno, Edra Ziesk, Christopher Kennedy, Jason Ockert, Greg Johnson, Squire Babcock, Mary Troy, Michael Griffith and Dean Paschal among others and are in negotiations with dozens of authors for hundreds of books at this time. Look for new titles and announcements soon.
If you have any questions about the rEprint series, or have a title you believe would be a good fit, please email us at email@example.com.
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.
As I'm trying to get the EWN blog and emails more active again, I'd like to make the following offers of thanks as well (not much, but hopefully the thought counts):
Anybody donating anything: I will do an EWN post at the blog about you as an EWN Member of the Day (you'll feed me a bio and I'll use that and whatever else that I can find online with links, etc.)
Anybody donating Ten Dollars or more: I will do a post about your book or a story/poem/essay of yours including links where available, photos of the books, etc.
Anybody donating Twenty Dollars or more: I will do a mini-interview with you--five questions minimum. This will be included both as a blog post and in a future EWN email.
Anybody donating Forty Dollars or more: I will do all of the above AND you will receive your choice of one of our first four titles (Roy Kesey's All Over, Yannick Murphy's In a Bear's Eye, Peter Markus' Bob or Man on Boat, or Best of the Web 2008).
As working for Dzanc Books has allowed me to continue the
Emerging Writers Network the past five years, a timespan during which it most likely would have ended, I personally greatly appreciate any support you can show.
As mentioned earlier, Peter Markus' new story collection, We Make Mud, is now available. When we first started talking about cover ideas, Peter showed me a copy of a postcard he'd had up on his wall above his workspace, a portion of which ended up on the cover. The postcard was for a work by the artist,
Not only was the work very fitting for Peter's stories, but it led me to visit Astrid's website and to find more and more of her incredible work. I highly recommend you click on the link and take a look around. The work is moody and dark and I think atmospheric might be the best word I can come up with. We're thrilled to have one of her works on the cover of one of our titles.
New Purchasing Package at Dzanc Site
In an effort to both reward patrons for buying direct from Dzanc Books, as well as helping relieve some of the delaying in having your ability to read, Dzanc will now offer the following:
Any print copy ordered direct from Dzanc Books will generate not only the shipment of that book to the purchaser, but also an email with a free download of the eBook version of that title.
A couple of things:
a) while almost every Dzanc title is available in both eBook and print form, the few that have no eBooks will not participate in this particular purchasing package, and
b) in cases of buy one get xxx free sales, only the title specifically purchased will have an eBook sent.
Disquiet to Return to Lisbon 2012
The program will take place July 1-13 and feature some of the most interesting contemporary writers from North America and Portugal.
Below are some of the things participants in the inaugural 2011 program had to say:
Overall, this was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences I've ever had!
Thank you, to the entire DISQUIET team for giving me the experience of a lifetime. I truly feel blessed to have been included in such a wonderful program, and I felt that I left with more then I anticipated. The program was well organized, and, most notably, the team behind it all made it easier for a young solo traveler such as myself to feel welcome... Thank you thank you thank you for a time in my life that will remain magical forever.
I liked that there was always something going on--I felt no pressure to try to attend everything because that would have been nearly impossible. Instead, we had the freedom to build our days around speakers and panels we particularly wanted to attend and were able to structure the rest of the day around our own activities and interests as they occurred to us. Disquiet was, sincerely, one of the best experiences I have ever had.
The quality of the people who organized, participated, and contributed to this program was magnified by their kindness. I've learned so much about the writing life and will be applying this new knowledge towards changing my life to accomplish the writing goals that I've set out. I cannot express how thankful I am for this program. Very well done.
Excellent workshops, literary excursions, film screenings,meeting writers from all around the world, and all packaged in an inviting city -what more could I ask for? Overall, an incredible experience that will continue to feed my work in the years to come.