Tuesday, April 3, 2012

News from Emerging Writers Network/Dzanc Books #michlit

Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter

April 3, 2012

In This Issue
eBooks Club
Dzanc rEprint Series
New Signings!
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 matt@dzancbooks.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.



Hope you are all well and have noticed that the EWN has continued to post regularly since mid-February. Recent posts include reviews of a couple of Robert Coover titles, of a memoir of an Ohio State University basketball player, of the recent Julianna Baggott novel, Pure, as well as getting back into looking at old issues of The Quarterly! I know some of you have been on this list long enough to remember the days when I'd actually email the reviews and not just the links--I think this new route works a little better, but if you'd prefer to see things the old way, shoot me an email.

Much going on with Dzanc as always, read on to learn of that please.
One such going-on is the notice that Jeff Kass's Knuckleheads has been named a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the short story collection category--congratulations Jeff!


Dan Wickett
EWN /Dzanc Books
Dzanc rEprint Series

Publishing Perspectives recently did a nice, in-depth, piece on the Dzanc rEprint Series. They did a nice job capturing the essence of the series and explaining it--well worth a read.

Reminder--if you are an author, an agent, a literary journal or a publishing house and you believe your books would be a good fit with Dzanc Books in our rEprint Series, or, in the case of journals and publishing houses, are interested in having Dzanc Books aid you with converting and distributing your issues and/or titles as eBooks, please email us.

If you and I have emailed recently and you believe you are waiting for my next step, please shoot me a reminder email.
New Signings

These first few we announced a couple of weeks ago:

David Ohle's novel,
The Old Reactor: A Tale of Two Cities, will be coming out in October 2013, and yes, Moldenke is involved for all you fans of some of Ohle's previous works!

Eugene Marten will be publishing his fourth novel,
Layman's Report, with Dzanc in August 2013, and fans of his previous trio should absolutely be excited.

We are also thrilled to be continuing our publishing relationship with Jonathan Baumbach, publishingFlight of Brothers
, a novella and some short stories, in July 2013.

Some additions to those recent exciting signings include:

Kim Church's debut novel,Byrdwill be published in March 2014. It's always exciting bringing an author's first work to the public.

Another debut will be Sara Veglahn's novel,The Mayflies, in May 2014.

Also in May 2014 will be our second non-fiction title, John Domini's The Sea-God's Herb, a collection of excellent essays.

This will be followed in June 2014 by our second print collection of stories from George Singleton,No Cover Available. Next week we'll see George's earlier story collection,These People Are Us, available as a rEprint title, and this fall we'll publish
Stray Decorum, his next story collection. We are thrilled to be moving on beyond simply publishing one collection by this master of the story.

July will see us bringing Alan Michael Parker's The Committee on Town Happiness (his recent novel, Whale, was just announced as a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award--literary fiction category!).

And we are extremely excited to announce that we are also continuing our relationship with Peter Markus, bringing out
The Fish and the Not Fish in August 2014--a collection of novellas and short stories.

We've also seen a lot of new authors added to our rEprint series:  Terry Blackhawk with two poetry collections, Rachael Perry with a story collection, Sharon Dilworth with two story collections, Richard Wiley with a trio of novels, a slew of novels and story collections from Tracy Daugherty, four works from Carole Maso, and more are forthcoming.
Recent Reviews

Dzanc's titles have seen some review action lately:

Jac Jemc's forthcoming novel (April 10), My Only Wife, reviewed at Nous Pique:

     "My Only Wife is a sneaky book. It guiles the reader with clean prose and apparent simplicity into believing that it's a novel about the narrator's only wife. It may be about many things - about absence, emptiness, and loss - but it really isn't about the narrator's only wife. It's more like an empty glass from the cupboard, an abstraction, a form, and it invites us to fill it with particulars from our own experience."

Eugene Cross's Fires of Our Choosing has seen a few recent reviews too. From Fiction Writers Review:


     "With Fires of Our Choosing, Cross climbs boldly into the ring with the greats, if only to deliver a decisive knockout punch."


From the Huffington Post:


     "How noteworthy is it, then, that Cross offers no apologies for his characters: their poor choices, their lack of moral fortitude, their betrayals of each other and the poverty of their surroundings and, often, themselves; he leaves these things alone. They are who they are, and if dignity has been denied them by the rest of us, including us story-tellers, it is restored by this collection. That he has undertaken to serve as their raconteur should place Cross on the radar of all the big prizes that gift those blessed with talent, compassion and fearlessness, particularly during this present moment in our history."


and The Brooklyn Rail:


     "Eugene Cross has created stories in which plot rightly serves as the function of character, and characters' motivations are carefully tended. The stories make sense; they convince. And in each, there are scenes that will stay with readers for a long time."


David Galef's My Date with Neanderthal Women over at Slushpile:


     "...is a compelling read, fun and thought-provoking. The key strength of this book is Galef's ability to anchor such borderline ridiculous plots and twists in recognizable and relatable realities."  


As well as a couple of older titles getting some nice words. Peter Markus's Bob, or Man on Boat via The Lit Pub:


     "(Markus) gives us a story to hold."


And Pamela Ryder's A Tendency to Be Gone via The Nervous Breakdown:


     "A Tendency To Be Gone presents an artist unmoored, ascending exultant heights"  


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