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Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter

April 20, 2012

In This Issue
eBooks Club
Dzanc rEprint Series
Kickstarter project
Recent Reviews, Interviews and the Like
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 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 one that has a statement on revision from Robert Coover that is brilliant and I unleash Steven Seighman's wonderful Short Story Month 2012 (yes, May will again be SSM) logo!SSM 2012 Logo

Much going on with Dzanc as always, read on to learn of that please.
We've launched our two latest titles: Jac Jemc's novel, My Only Wife, and Josip Novakovich's essay collection, Shopping for a Better Country--both are excellent. We are now working on a trio of June titles (Matt Dojny's The Festival of Earthly Delights, Jennifer Spiegel's The Freak Chronicles and Jonathan Baumbach's You, or the Invention of Memory) and a whole flood of rEprint titles are about to his the world. We also have a Kickstarter Fundraiser Project in progress (details below).


Dan Wickett
EWN /Dzanc Books
Tim Wendel in SE Michigan

Author Tim Wendel is touring for his recent book, Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball--and America--Forever, and hits SE Michigan tonight and tomorrow.

Nicola's Book in Ann Arbor tonight at 7 p.m. and Book Beat in Oak Park tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. (I should be at this one).

The book is an excellent one (look for a 4.5 star review at the EWN some time very soon). An EWN favorite, Anna Clark, just talked to Tim for the Free Press last week.
Kickstarter Project

In line with the above, Dzanc has had a fundraising project accepted by Kickstarter--and it is specifically about our rEprint series.

Earlier this week we added some special new rewards such as lunches, drinks, conversations, etc with numerous Dzanc authors.

A bit from the About page of the Kickstarter Page:

As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Dzanc Books has expanded its publishing to include eBooks. Working with a great staff and distribution, Dzanc has created its rEprint series, the first of its kind, specifically dedicated to bringing back in eBook form works of deserving authors. Included in our current and forthcoming list of some 350 titles are Stephen Dixon, Michael Martone, Jonathan Baumbach, Joseph McElroy, Merrrill Joan Gerber, Charles Johnson, Stephen Graham Jones and National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist. Dzanc provides all authors with a generous 50% royalty. It is Dzanc's plan to increase our eBook list to over 1000 titles in 2012 for readers to enjoy.


The process to convert these out of print titles is both time consuming and costly with Dzanc Books spending over $250 per title prior to their being available to readers. Raising the $3500 through this Kickstarter Project will help us offset costs and allow us to bring more books into the rEprint Series and at a more rapid pace.


We'd appreciate any donations, any spreading of the word via emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and thank you in advance for the help.


Recent Reviews, Interviews, and the Like

Dzanc's titles have seen some review action lately:

Josip Novakovich (Shopping for a Better Country, April 10) was interviewed at The Rumpus.

There was  a sneak peek of Jac Jemc's My Only Wife at The Good Men Project.

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:


     " 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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