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1. Dzanc Books Receives Matching Donation

Last week Dzanc Books sent out an email and announced at their website that they had received an anonymous matching donation up to $6,000 for any donations received before December 31, 2012.

Any size donations are helpful--a dollar means two dollars, five means ten and so on.

Truly, ANY amount helps--that five that turns into ten helps us get two to three review copies of our books our to reviewers; money goes  to our publishing, our promotion of literature, as well as our programs like the Dzanc Writer in Residence Program with a writer visiting/teaching the same class of children once per week in the schoolroom about the power of words--to write and read creatively.


www.dzancbooks.org/support/ is the place to visit and donate. ALL donations, no matter the amount, will see the wonderful person donating to Dzanc put into a drawing to potentially receive a copy of every title we published in the year 2012.


Thank you.

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2. Dzanc Books Poetry Collection Competition


Dzanc Books announces the Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest, an annual prize for a book of poetry.  The judge for the inaugural contest will be C. Dale Young. The contest is open to new and published poets, and we invite submissions of poetry in all modes and aesthetics. The Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest-winning manuscript will be published in high quality trade paperback and eBook versions. The winning author will receive a $500 advance and a standard Dzanc publishing agreement including support for readings and distribution via Consortium and our network of eBook distributors. Finalist and runner-up manuscripts may also be considered for publication.


 C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry: The Day Underneath the Day (Northwestern 2001); The Second Person and Torn (Four Way Books 2007, 2011).  His poems and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including several installments of The Best American Poetry series.  A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.


 The contest deadline is January 31, 2013.

  • The winner will be announced in the second quarter of 2013. All entrants will be notified of the winner by email before the announcement is made public.
  • Previously published excerpts or individual pieces are acceptable as part of your entry, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but entries should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Once submitted, manuscripts  may not be revised without a complete withdrawal and the payment of a new entry fee.
  • You may enter the contest as many times as you like, but each entry will require its own separate entry fee.
Relatives, close friends, and/or former students of C. Dale Young should not enter this contest, and will not be eligible to win in the case of their entry. If such a winner is selected, the manuscript will be disqualified at our discretion, and no refund of entry fees will be granted.

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3. Andy Plattner Receives Dzanc Books Mid-Career Novel Award

Per the Dzanc Books News blog:



August 14, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is pleased to announce that Andy Plattner is the winner of our 2011 Mid-Career Novel Award.  Plattner’s manuscript, Offerings from a Rust  Belt  Jockey, was selected from more than 100 submissions.  This collection will be published in October 2013.

Steven Gillis, Publisher and Co-Founder at Dzanc Books, notes:  “Andy Plattner's Offerings From A Rust Belt Jockey is a dead on the money infectious novel.   The writing is hilarious and touching, the narrative, and each of Andy's fully realized characters, presents a perfectly pitched tale of love and ambition, honor and betrayal. The ability to be at once funny as hell and at the same time heartbreakingly accurate in the depiction of what it means to be human with all of our flaws and wants and needs is captured with a marksman's eye.  Dzanc is pleased and proud to have Andy Plattner as the winner of our Mid-Career Novel Award.”

“Dzanc is a smart, purposeful press,” Plattner said upon winning. “I know my manuscript will benefit from this collaboration.”


Andy Plattner’s first story collection, Winter Money, originally published in 1997, is set to be re-released in paperback from the University of Georgia Press at the start of 2013. (The collection won the Flannery O'Connor Award in 1997.) His second story collection, A Marriage of Convenience, was  published last year. He has stories in the current editions of The Southern Review and Fiction, have forthcoming work in The Sewanee Review and apt. Plattner lives in Atlanta with his wife, Diana.


The short list of finalists consisted of novels from Margo Berdeshevsky, Maria Flook, Karen Osborn, Micah Perks, Russell Rowland, Chris Torockio, Mary Troy, and Edra Ziesk.


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. More details can be found at www.dzancbooks.org/submissions/

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4. Dzanc's Dog Days of Summer Sale

Read Them  While They're Hot!

2012-07-09 14.49.03The titles pictured here are the three most recent Dzanc titles: Josip Novakovich's essays: Shopping for a Better Country; Matt Dojny's novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights; Jennifer Spiegel's short story collection, The Freak Chronicles--and the next three titles with set dates for publishing: Josh Russel's novel, A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag; George Singleton's short story collection, Stray Decorum; and Luis Jaramillo's Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest winning collection, The Doctor's Wife.

Each of these is available if you're taking advantage of the Buy One Get One at an Equal of Lesser Value Free option of the sale.

The other option available is five titles for $25 (including eBooks and free shipping) or ten titles for $50 (also including eBooks and free shipping).

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5. Novella Month - Preparations for Search by Joseph McElroy

JuneNouvellaI'm always a little lost in the wilderness when it comes to just what exactly is a novella. Two years ago I had a few authors that had published novellas give me their definitions but I'm afraid they were mostly a little too smart for me. I know I don't simply believe it's a word or page count. I think there's something that differentiates a novella from a long short story, and from a short novel as well--I just don't know what exactly that is.

A long-winded introduction to say that I'm not fully sure that Joseph McElroy's Preparations for Search is a novella, but it feels like it to me. Originally this material was a portion of McElroy's novel, Women and Men, that was removed. He published it rather quietly in the journal Formations in 1984. Small Anchor Press then published it as a square-bound book with some slight revisions to the text that sold out rather quickly. It has recently been published in eBook form by Dzanc Books in their rEprint Series with an introduction by Mike Heppner.

From this introduction:

In conversation with Joseph McElroy, I once described his short novel Preparations for Search in genre terms as "noir-core," in which the conventions of noir are flattened and compressed into dense, jet-black space, a gravitational singularity...There's a sense of noir in Preparations for Search as well, "noir" as defined by George Tuttle as a subcategory of hardboiled detective fiction in which "the protagonist is usually not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator"...One could say that McElroy, in both his novels and short fiction, invites us to become sleuths as we plunder, decode, hypothesize about and interrogate his information-rich narratives. But what makes Preparations for Search "noir-core" is McElroy's approach to tempo and tone. Here the prose is so tightly wound—the pace accelerated to two-hundred beats-per-minute—that what we're left with is the structural essence of noir Preparations for Search FINAL Coverwithout the flabby clichés.

An example of McElroy's writing, Preparations for Search begins:

     It was only money, but it was quite a lot of money and I told him I felt I couldn't let him have it. Enos said he could understand. I said what he did with the money was his business, but--eleven hundred dollars to pay a detective to track down someone Enos hadn't seen since he was two? He looked me in the eye and asked if it was true that what he did with the money was his business. "What money?" I said, and he laughed and said didn't I mean whose money?

And so it begins. That last line of what I've quoted of Heppner's introduction perfectly describes McElroy's work here. The pace of the book does accelerate with the lack of excess, or cliche, that one might

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6. Dzanc Books to Publish Robert Coover!

Dzanc Books just issued a Press Release--exciting news!                                                  


Dzanc Books to Publish Robert Coover

May 29, 2012 - Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is proud to announce that it will publish The Brunist Day of Wrath, the sequel to Robert Coover’s award-winning debut novel, The Origin of the Brunists, in September 2013. Dzanc Books will also publish an as yet untitled Coover short story collection in September 2014. The Dzanc rEprint Series will be publishing ten of Coover’s backlist titles to eBook form beginning in August 2012 and running on up through August 2013. Titles include the aforementioned award-winning The Origin of the Brunists; Pricksongs & Descants; The Public Burning; Spanking the Maid; Gerald's Party; A Night at the Movies, or You Must Remember  This; Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears; Pinocchio in Venice; John's Wife; and Ghost Town.

Robert Coover has published fourteen novels, three short story collections, and a collection of plays since The Origin of the Brunists received the The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. At Brown University, where he has taught for over thirty years, he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries.  In 1990-91, he launched the world's first hypertext fiction workshop, was one of the founders in 1999 of the Electronic Literature Organization, and in 2002 created CaveWriting, the first writing workshop in immersive virtual reality. Michiko Kakuntaini of The New York Times has said “Of all the postmodern writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious, mixing up broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls, and clever word plays that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it.” Coover has also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Rea Lifetime Short Story Award.

Dzanc's Executive Director, Dan Wickett, said of the acquisition:  "We are thrilled to be able to bring out both new and past work from Robert Coover, a favorite author of ours here at Dzanc Books for many years. To be able to bring back many of his older works to a new readership is extremely exciting and to see him return to West Condon and the Brunists after all these years with a simply fantastic novel is something we’re very happy to be a part of."

This signing was made through Robert Coover’s agent, Georges Borchardt.

About Dzanc Books

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and our advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools.

For more information on Dzanc Books and its mission, imprints, books, authors, awards, and programs, please visit www.dzancbooks.org.

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7. National Short Story Month - Trio of Dzanc!

SSM 2012 LogoThree story collections I cannot wait to see enter the world are a trio of collections that Dzanc Books is bringing out before the end of the year: Jennifer Spiegel's The Freak Chronciles (June), Luis Jaramillo's The Doctor's Wife (October), and George Singleton's Stray Decorum (November).

The Freak Chronicles Cover FINALThe short stories in this collection explore, both implicitly and explicitly, the notion of freakiness.  They worry over eccentricity, alienation, normalcy, and intimacy. What is it that makes one a freak, makes one want to embrace quirkiness, have the fortitude to cultivate oddity? Is there a fine line between abnormality and the extraordinary?  Jennifer Spiegel’s stories delve into these questions and others.

Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Contest, Luis Jaramillo's The Doctor's wifeDoctor's Wife pushes the limits of what a short story collection can be. In stylish, intimate, and devastating short flashes, Jaramillo chronicles the small domestic moments, tragic losses, and cultural upheavals faced by three generations of a family in the Pacific Northwest, creating a moving portrait of an Stray decorumAmerican family and the remarkable woman at its center.

Eleven stories, all previously published in journals like The Atlantic, Oxford American, and The Georgia Review, in which George Singleton brings small-town South Carolina alive. Using everyday situations like a dog needing its annual vaccination and buckets of humorous observations, Singleton pokes and prods his readers into realizing we're all simply restless for a pat on the head.

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8. NOOK Daily Find - The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis

ConsequenceofSkatingCoverFINAL2Today Barnes & Noble's NOOK Daily Find selection is The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis (Black Lawrence Press, 2010), which can be purchased at the following link for the very low price of $3.50:
The Consequence of Skating was named the 2010 Silver Medalist for literary fiction in the IPPY Awards.

"The moments (in The Consequence of Skating)  are small and detailed and probably the best compliment that can be given Gillis is that, as we move through them with (the protagonist) Mick, we really get a sense for what it might feel like to be an actor who is suddenly scriptless, an obsessed boyfriend who finds himself without a partner, a broken man forced to put his life back together.  'Everything is recovery,'  Mick says.  'Think.  Act. Redo...  The cause and effect causes cause and effect, the link inexorable...  I take one step and then another, until I am across the floor and in my kitchen.  In my kitchen I turn on the machine for coffee.  Once I have turned on the coffee, I go and rinse my cup.'"--Dave Housley, American Book Review 
"Steven Gillis possesses that rarest of gifts, the voice that seems to flow effortlessly. This guy makes it look easy. Read the first three pages of The Consequence of Skating and if you're not hooked, go see a doctor."--Jonathan Evison, author of  All About Lulu and West of Here
"I enjoyed The Consequence Of Skating a great deal, it is a very human book... I am definitely planning of seeking out Steven Gillis' other books." -Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network 
As a thank you for purchasing The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis through today's B&N Nook Daily Find, you will also be eligible to receive any four Dzanc eBook titles for $15, a savings of over 50%.  You can choose your titles from any available in our regular catalog or our rEprint Series.  Simply forward your B&N receipt email to dan@dzancbooks.org  

All proceeds from the sales of Steven's book go direct to running Dzanc's charitable programs.

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9. Let the writing begin

Something is going on around here that rarely takes place--I'm writing fiction.

For the next four days I'll be setting some time aside from Dzanc, from the EWN, from my kids, etc. and trying my best to figure out how all you wonderful writers come up with ideas and actually create something worth somebody else's time.

It is beyond rare--the last time I sat down to do this was the Dzanc Write-a-Thon two years ago and that is the occasion this time around too.  Our prompt has just been sent out to this year's participants and so, off to it. 

Logo If you'd be so kind to consider sponsoring my efforts this year--which gives you a) the satisfaction of helping out a great nonprofit publishing house and their/our efforts to setting up DWIRPs and continuing our annual Dzanc Prize, and b) the receipt in about two weeks of a special pdf of the work done by the participants this year--we have it all set up at www.dzancbooks.org/participants.html for you to simply click on my name and pay via Paypal.

Man, just look at that blank screen over in MS Word right now!

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10. Steven Gillis' Book Notes up at Largehearted Boy

Steven Gillis wrote an essay and compiled an interesting set list for his hot off the Front Cover press (available on September 21 in both hard and e-book forms) novel, The Consequence of Skating.  This is Steven's fourth novel and fifth work of fiction.

A tease from the essay:

The Consequence of Skating is my homage to the slippery slope. The majority of the book was written during the time my wife, Mary, was first diagnosed and then subsequently went through chemo, surgery and radiation for breast cancer. This was not a fun time for any of us - we have two school-aged kids as well - and the writing of my novel provided me with an anchor, gave me a place to hide and search for my sanity.

The novel revolves around Ludwig von Mises’ ideas of Human Action, the reason we make decisions, how we are always striving to improve our situation and cure a dissatisfaction. At the center of the narrative is Mickey Greene, an actor who has seen better days, has allowed a troubled affair and a sudden infatuation with drugs to undo him. Over the course of the novel, Mick winds his way through a course of actions which, if not designed to bring him redemption, offer him a reboot, a way to get his life back on track, even as the course he charts continues to unravel.

The rest of the essay gets a bit more into the book, Steven's thoughts when gearing up for publication, and his reaction to anonymous reviewers--it's all well worth your time and consideration.  Not to mention he gives us a damn good set list of music to listen to while reading the novel!

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11. Why the Best of the Web is Important

The Best American Series has a spiffy website up today that has separate pages for each of the anthologies under that moniker.  Each title has a details page which has two tabs, one that lists the pieces that will be fully included within the book, and the other listing the notable works, those that were considered, but not quite the favorites of the Guest Editor.

The series' most popular (I at least have heard this is the case, though have no sales figures to back this up) title, Best American Short Stories, was Guest Edited by Richard Russo this year.   If I understand the process, that is, if it's the same as when Shannon Ravennel was the Series Editor, than Mr. Russo was presented with 120 short stories.  He read them, selected his favorite 20, and boom, an anthology is ready to go with 20 short stories and 100 notable stories.  I know that some Guest Editors come to the table with a story or two in mind, I believe I've read that both Michael Chabon and Stephen King brought some to the anthology that may not have been in that original 120.

A look through the 20 stories selected for inclusion this year finds that 12 whole journals are represented.  Some shockers too:  The New Yorker has two stories, and The Atlantic has a trio.  Tin House is the big winner with four of their publishings being reproduced within the anthology.  McSweeney's is another repeat offender with a trio as well.  Continue looking through the names in the notables and you'll see each of these names appear again, along with a long list of journals--I didn't count, there is a great deal of repetition this year though, I'd venture to guess it's less than 100 total journals represented.

Narrative has a trio of notable stories.  This makes them the King of the Online Journals as not one other online journal has published a story worthy of cracking the Top 120 this year according to the folks behind this anthology.  Nothing from Guernica.  Nothing from failbetter.  No mentions of Storyglossia, or storySouth, or Joyland, or any of the 900 plus online journals you can find listed in the index of Best of the Web 2010.

Some visiting here will not have heard of BotW 2010.  Maybe you haven't heard of the journals noted above, or many online journals.  Here are two links to stories snagged from the BotW 2010 Table of Contents.  Give them a peek and then you two can question how awesome things must be these days if there were 120 better stories published last year.  Christine Schutt published "The Girl Needs to Be Kissed" in Blackbird and Stephen Graham Jones' "Modern Love" was captured by Everyday Genius.

The Best American Mysteries Stories major inclusions do not list the original source, so I have no idea how well they scan the online journal scene, but looking at their notables list (seemingly much lower than 100 stories), the only online only journal I could find listed was Thuglit, with two notable works.

None of the Best American Essays looked like they were from online journals either (though there were definitely some notable essays from online only journals).

This is not meant to be a slam on anybody that will find their name on any of the lists mentioned above (or in the Best Comics, Best Non-Required, Best Travel, Sports, Music, Poems, etc.), not at all.  Their work has gone through astringent process an

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12. Fiction Writers Review Loves the Best of the Web 2010

FictionwritersreviewIf you're not visiting Fiction Writers Review on a regular basis, you're missing out on a great website, and journal.  Wonderful book reviews, great essays, books of the week, giveaways, and more. 

Michael Rudin recently reviewed Best of the Web 2010 over there and did an incredible job - statistically analyzing the content, comparing it to Best of the Web 2009, looking at specific works within the anthology, and using some wonderful graphics as well.  To say that we at Dzanc Books were pleased with the review would be an understatement.  And we understand that later today, the Best of the Web 2010 will be named as their Book of the Week and highlighted over there as well.

One way to be sure to keep up to date with what's new over there is to join their Facebook page.

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13. The Story of Dzanc Books

Many thanks to Jeremiah Chamberlin (see much more of his work at Fiction Writers Review), and Poets & Writers, as JC spent a good 4-6 hours talking to Steven Gillis and myself Steve_and_Dan awhile back and put together a really nice article on the forming of Dzanc Books, how it all works and what our big goals are.  If you have any interest in the early days of either the EWN or Dzanc Books, or what exactly makes the amazing Steven Gillis tick, it's well worth your time to read.

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14. New Book Trailer from Luca Dipierro

And it happens to be a Dzanc title:  Robert Lopez's short story collection due out next month, Asunder.  Art and animation's from Luca, music from Sin Ropas, and the great words are from Lopez and Asunder.


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15. Dzanc Books Independent Bookstore Program - Burke's Books

From November 15 through December 14, 2010, Burke's Books of Memphis, TN is the Burkessign2 Dzanc Books Independent Bookstore of the Month.  This gets Dzanc back on track with this program after a month off to take a look at what worked well September 15 through October 14 at Riverrun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, and tweak a couple of things as well.

Burke's has an incredible history--it's 135 years old for one thing--read much more here

There are two main aspects to the program:

1)  Dzanc Books will continue the donating of a title from our catalog, or one of our imprints.  The patron of Burke's Books will inform us of the library to which the donation will be made.  Dzanc Books has created fliers that have a simple form to fill out and send to us with the receipt, showing that the book was purchased during the correct dates, and was for a book of literary fiction from Burke's Books.  The books do NOT need to have been published by Dzanc or our imprints.

Storefront 2)  Burke's Books, along with promoting the donation of books, will also promote the Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions, our extremely inexpensive and successful writer mentoring program.  For every order to the DCWS placed by a writer that notes on their order that they were sent our way by  Burke's, Dzanc will donate $5 to the Memphis Literary Council, a non-profit based near the bookstore.  Dzanc Books will make this donation in Burke's Books name in one sum at the end of the month.

Throughout the future of the Dzanc Independent Bookstore Program it is our goal to promote shopping at independent bookstores, develop better relationships with the stores we'll be working with, promote literary fiction, help writers via our DCWS program, and to donate both books to libraries, as well as money to worthwhile non-profits local to the bookstores we are working with.  Dzanc Books strongly believes that every single one of these aspects is vital.  Interested bookstores should email Dzanc Books at info@dzancbooks.org.

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16. 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide - Dzanc Books

Gifts photo An annual (at least 3 or 4 years now) tradition--offering literary related holiday gift suggestions, and hopefully pulling many other literary types into the fray and getting their suggestions as well.

Okay, a little self serving here, but no worries, there will be at least one of these per day on up through December 24 from me, and hopefully many guest posts as well during that time.

The first EWN 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide suggestion is going to be that you visit the Dzanc Books website and see that they have a Holiday Sale going on with a few special deals:

Order any trio of Dzanc titles at the low cost of $30 and we will ship them for free. 

Order any five Dzanc titles at the low cost of $40, and also receive free shipping. We will also be happy to split this order, and send the books to two separate addresses to make gift giving easier. In either case, if you'd like the books gift wrapped inside the postage packaging, we will be happy to take care of that for you. Just let us know if the send to address is one different than your own.

Buy a gift eBook Club membership, and we'll also send you a print book for free! Give a friend 17 books over the course of the next 12 months (5 immediately and one per month) for $50 now, and later be billed just $5 per month for the last six months June through November 2011. For more information about the Dzanc eBook Club and our first month's selection--as well as the five eBooks your friend will receive as soon as you sign him or her up--click here.


* the photo of gifts has been pulled from an old AARP newsletter that didn't appear to have been copyrighted--as it will be being used throughout the month, I thought I should at least give that much credit to it.

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17. EWN Favorite, George Singleton, to be Published by Dzanc Books

From the Dzanc Books website:

March 7, 2011 - Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is proud to announce that it will publish a collection of stories by George Singleton in fall 2013, entitled Stray Decorum.  George Singleton has previously published four collections of stories (These People Are Us, the Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel), two novels (Novel, Work Shirts for Madmen), and a book on writing advice (Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds).  His work has also appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, among them The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, Zoetrope, Oxford American, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Epoch, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Food Writing and ten editions of New Stories from the South.

George, currently a teacher of creative writing at the South Caroline Governor’s Snake arm and Dooley School for the Arts and Humanities, has seen his work widely acclaimed.  Recently he has seen work about his writing in Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today.  Additionally, William Giraldi published “A Holy Impropriety: The Stories of George Singleton” in the Georgia Review’s Winter 2010 issue.  George recently won the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from The Fellowship of Southern Writers.  He lives in South Carolina and has done so since the age of seven minus a quick jaunt to graduate school. George is represented by Christina Ward of the Ward & Balkin Agency.

“Having really enjoyed George’s previous titles,” Dan Wickett said, “we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring his latest collection of stories to the reading public.  The addition of Stray Decorum to what we felt was an already strong 2013 catalogue, and to add somebody of George’s stature to Dzanc’s growing roster of extremely talented authors, is really exciting.  His writing is one-of-a-kind and this collection will only continue to elevate his reputation as one of the funniest writers around.”

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18. Kathy Wickett Memorial Dzanc Writer-in-Residence Program

At their blog, Dzanc Books announced today that they have established the Kathy Wickett Memorial Dzanc Writer-in-Residence Program.  This is a pretty big deal for me here at the EWN as it means that my mother's name will be remembered in conjunction with a program I'm very proud of--it's a great combination.

Thanks to the great folks at Community Foundation of SE Michigan and specifically to my Aunt Jean, and Uncle John Wickett for coming up with the idea to donate to Dzanc in my mother's name and ask us to set up something special with it.  This donation will allow Dzanc Books to continue running their writer-in-residence program at the Mack Open School in Ann Arbor for years and with the formation of this particular program, Dzanc has also set it up so that targeted donations to this specific program can continued to be made in Kathy Wickett's name. 

I've written here before about the influence my mother had on me, especially in regard to reading and sharing my love of books with others.  I couldn't be much happier than to be able to announce this today, on what would have been her birthday.

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19. Dzanc Books Launches eBook rEprint series

Per the PR posted over at the Dzanc Blog:




Dzanc Books to Launch eBook rEprint Series


April 11, 2011 - Ann Arbor, MI— Dzanc Books is excited to announce our new electronic rEprint Series. In conjunction with our traditional publishing of new works in both print and electronic form, Dzanc is now set to publish great works of literary fiction that have recently gone out of print.  These works will be offered back to the reading public in the form of eBook titles available on all eReaders, including Kindle, Nook, Sony, Cybook, Jetbook and all others. As with all of our eBooks, the author royalty rate on the titles in our rEprint series is 50%.

The first batch of Dzanc rEprint titles will appear in the next two months and include:  Pinckney Benedict’s short story collection, Town Smokes; Noy Holland’s short story collection, The Spectacle of the Body; Brian Kiteley’s novel, Still Life With Insects; Patricia Lear’s short story collection, Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W, and So Forth; two of David Lynn’s books; a trio of Michael Martone’s short story collections; and Michael Hickins’ short story collection, The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing.  We are currently in discussions regarding hundreds of other fantastic titles that we will be announcing in the near future.

Continuing with our commitment to publish great works of new literary fiction in both traditional print and electronic form, Dzanc is proud to add this new rEprint series to our roster.  The titles that are published under our rEprint arm will also be available through our eBook Club, which distributes a different eBook title on the first of every month at an incredibly low rate to members.  When joining the Dzanc eBook Club, members also receive 5 new books free.  Dzanc’s eBooks are designed in house, and as noted, work on all formats, ensuring that they look exactly the way they are supposed to on all reading machines.

Dzanc’s eBook titles are available both at our website, and distributed by Constellation, the digital management arm of Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, LLC, which makes them available through all standard retail outlets, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.


About Dzanc Books

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and our advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings.  As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools.

For more information on Dzanc Books and its mission, imprints, books, authors, awards, and programs, please visit www.dzancbooks.org.

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20. Dzanc Books to rEprint Stephen Graham Jones

Per the Dzanc Books Blog and PR:

As part of Dzanc Books rEprint Series, Dzanc is pleased to announce the signing Sgj of Stephen Graham Jones to a three book deal.  Dzanc will be publishing in eBook format three of Jones' most innovative novels.  The first two works fit the name of the series perfectly:  All the Beautiful Sinners, and The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti as both titles are available in print form and this will mark their debut as eBooks (All the Beautiful Sinners will be slightly different in its eBook form as Stephen has revised portions of the text.) The third title, Seven Spanish Angles, is a new venture for this series as it has never been published before and makes its debut under Dzanc's eBook publishing arm.

"I've been meaning to re-rig All the Beautiful Sinners for some time now, am excited to get this chance,” Jones said. “And, Seven Spanish Angels: it's been real to me for so many years, now. Now maybe it'll be real for everybody else as well."

Jones’ work has been called “mesmerizing” and “masterful” by Booklist, and Texas Monthly describes him as “an unapologetic pop-culture savant.”  Jones holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University and teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

 “Stephen Graham Jones is an amazing writer,” Dan Wickett said. “We at Dzanc are very excited to bring out these three novels in eBook form and to give his fans a chance to finally read Seven Spanish Angels.”

Jones is represented by Kate Garrick of DeFiore and Company, Author Services, LLC

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21. Two Great Writers--Two Great Men

Gillisauthor Mid-afternoon yesterday, the fine folks at the Independent Publisher Book Awards announced something that I was more than happy to tell you months, or even at least a couple of years ago--Steven Gillis and Hesh Kestin can write their asses off.  Kestin's novel, The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, tied for their gold medal as best novel in the category of literary fiction; Gillis' novel, The Consequence of Skating, tied for their silver medal in that same category.

The fine folks at the IPPYs would also tell you they've known this fact about these Front Cover
two writers longer than simply yesterday as Gillis has also won the bronze medal for literary fiction in 2004 (Walter Falls), and 2006 (The Weight of Nothing), and for the short story collection category in 2007 (Giraffes), and undoubtedly would have won the gold with what should have been his breakthrough novel, Temporary People: a fable in 2008 had his dumbass publisher and partner remembered to enter it into the competition.  And Hesh Kestin? They awarded his debut fiction, Based On a True Story, a tie for the bronze in 2009 for the short story competition.

While both may beg to differ, neither has ever been the pretty young thing, at least not of the publishing industry--both were beyond their 30s when their first books came out, and neither was brushing out lush locks in their author photos. They weren't writing about hot topics that might guarantee five, six, or (are there really such things?) seven figure advances. They were however writing books that matter, books that should absolutely be on your shelves.

ShoeshineCatsCoverFINAL What the fine folks behind the Independent Publisher Book Awards probably don't know (I have to say probably as they might and I simply don't know it) is that Steven and Hesh go well beyond great writers--they are both great men. Both felt the call early to write and while both indeed wrote while they were younger, they also set that writing on the back burner, even if only slightly (ie, burning that candle hard at both ends), while earning livings so that they could provide for their families. It turns out they were both excellent at something besides the writing of fiction--Gillis as an attorney and Kestin as a journalist. Based on the dealings I've had with each of their families, I can also state they have done, and are doing helluva jobs as fathers, and family men, as well.

Neither was trained as a writer beyond the old fashioned method of reading thousands of incredible books and writing and revising and throwing away and writing and revising and

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22. Dzanc Books to rEprint Entire Jonathan Baumbach Backlist

The following is the Press Release over at the Dzanc blog regarding the signing of the 15 titles in Jonathan Baumbach's backlist to their rEprint Series:


July 1, 2011 - Ann Arbor, MI—Dzanc Books is proud to announce that it has acquired the eBook rights for Jonathan Baumbach’s entire backlist to be published within the Dzanc Books rEprint Series.  This includes his 14 books of fiction prior to Dreams of Molly, which Dzanc published earlier this year, and his nonfiction, The Landscape of Nightmare.  The full fiction list is: A Man to Conjure With; What Comes Next; Reruns; Chez Charlotte and Emily; My Father More of Less; The Life and Times of Major Fiction; The Return of Service; Separate Hours; Seven Wives; Babble; D-Tours; B, a novel; On The Way To My Father’s Funeral: New and Selected Stories; and You, or the Invention of Memory. These eBooks will be published, three at a time, every other month, beginning in October 2011. The final trio will be published in June 2012, at which time Dzanc Books will also publish a paperback version of You, or the Invention of Memory.

Jonathan, co-founder of The Fiction Collective in 1973 (it was reinvented as FC2 in 1988), the first fiction writers cooperative in America, has seen his work widely praised.   His short stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, O.Henry Prize, and The Best of Tri-Quarterly.  The New York Times Book Review referred to him in 2004 as “. . . an underappreciated writer. He employs a masterfully dispassionate, fiercely intelligent narrative voice whose seeming objectivity is always a faltering front for secret passion and despair."

“Jonathan Baumbach is one of the true paterfamilias of independent-minded writers.”  Steve Gillis said. “He’s been a staple in the literary scene for over 40 years.”

“Reading through his backlist has been a fantastic experience,” said Dan Wickett. “It will be great to see the current generation of readers getting access to these incredible works.”

This acquisition was done through Jonathan's agent, Andrew Blauner of the Blauner Books Literary Agency.

                                  About the Dzanc Books rEprint Series

 The Dzanc Books rEprint Series is dedicated to publishing great works of REprint series logo.jpg contemporary literature that have recently gone out of print, as well as titles where the author holds the eBook rights and is looking for a new publishing partner for the electronic version of their book. Starting in Summer 2011, these works will begin being made available to the reading public in the form of eBooks compatible with all currently available eBook platforms, distributed both directly from Dzanc and through most eBook resellers.

This series originates out of a belief that many of these titles did not have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential audiences in the time of their original publication, and that a second chance for achieving a wider readership is long overdue. By bringing them back into print in widely-available electronic formats, Dzanc hopes to restart the critical conversations around these books, and to get them into the hands of

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23. Dzanc Write-a-Thon - My Work

While it may seem from the onslaught of Quarterly posts the past half a day that I'm doing everything possible to avoid sitting and writing something for the Dzanc Write-a-Thon, that is not the case. I'm working on something. For a small taste (apologies in advance):

     (I'm running. There is nothing in front of me but kneehigh grass and daffodil flowers. To the left, a stream; the water is clear and cool. My mane whips in the wind over my sweatglistened neck. Free. Free.)


     Butch bends down and kissed his wife Jill--some of the egg he has just consumed rubs off onto her cheeck. He walks out the door onto the large wooden porch. Heading toward the barn, he plans to wake up Lester, his farmhand. Lester should be in the fields already--the lazy bastard always needs to be roused. The only reason Butch keeps him on is his size, his bulging biceps. The leather gloves Butch wears fit his fingers perfectly but are a little loose in the thumbs. The soft ground gives way underneath his trunklike legs.

While I am not hoping for accodales for the above two paragraphs (and yes, there is much more), I do hope that you'll consider sponsoring me, or one of the actual authors, in this year's write-a-thon. You can do so by clicking on that link above. Many thanks to those of you that already have done so.

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24. Dzanc Books Receives NEA Grant!

Per their blog:

Dzanc Books receives NEA grant to support the publication, promotion and national distribution of books of fiction.

Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide

November 22, 2011--Ann Arbor, MI—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Dzanc Books is one of the grantees and will receive a grant to support the continuation of our publishing, promoting and nationally distributing books of fiction. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Through the course of 2012, Dzanc Books will publish books by Josip Novakovich, Eugene Cross, Jac Jemc, Matt Dojny, Josh Russell, Henning Koch, Seán McGrady, and George Singleton, a combination of debut authors, mid-career authors, U.S. born, and foreign authors. These will be published in both print and eBook form.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“Dzanc believes with absolute conviction in the undiscovered talent of writers at work today,” said Steve Gillis, co-founder and publisher at Dzanc. “It is part of Dzanc's mission to uncover these great works that may otherwise slip through the cracks. Our editors focus on the quality of the work, not the amount of money the writing might earn. It is Dzanc's belief that great writing will find its audience if given a chance to be published.   We are determined to present deserving talent to a broader audience, and coupled with the charity work we do and programs we run nationally in the schools and communities, nothing excites us more than to publish and tour a talented voice. We appreciate the NEA’s belief and support of our work.” 

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

                                                      About Dzanc Books

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to  advance literary readership and our advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings. 

As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary fiction, but works in partnership with literary journals to advance their readership at every level. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in schools.

For more information on Dzanc

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25. Dzanc Books Announces New Program with Independent Bookstores

As noted over at the Dzanc Books News Blog, Dzanc Books has begun a new program called the Dzanc Books Independent Bookstore Program.  Following up on the giveaways to libraries and schools that Dzanc did during the month of July comes this new program working in conjunction with independent bookstores.

The Dzanc Books Independent Bookstore Program

August 16, 2010 - Ann Arbor, MI--Dzanc Books is excited to announce a new program, the Dzanc Books Independent Bookstore Program, which has Dzanc working in conjunction with one or two independent bookstores each month (from the 15th—with a slightly delayed start this month—through the 15th, coinciding with our monthly online journal, The Collagist, to move forward with our mission of promoting literary fiction.

There was great interest during the month of July, where we at Dzanc donated books to many schools and libraries when provided proof of purchases of books bought at an independent bookstore.   We have decided to continue this offer.  We believe that by focusing on one or two bookstores each month, with the help of their cross-promotion, that we will be able to help inspire sales within the indie bookstore community of not only Dzanc books but all great books, while at the same time drawing attention to the many charitable programs Dzanc Books sponsors and runs, including our Dzanc Writer in Residence Programs and the Dzanc Prize, which the purchase of our books, and/or usage of our Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions helps our ability to sustain and advance these programs across the country.

The first store to celebrate this program with Dzanc Books will be the RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH.  There are two main aspects to the program:

1)  Dzanc Books will continue the donating of a title from our catalog, or one of our imprints.  The patron of RiverRun Bookstore will inform us of the library to which the donation will be made.  Dzanc Books has created fliers that have a simple form to fill out and send to us with the receipt, showing that the book was purchased during the correct dates, and was for a book of literary fiction from RiverRun Bookstore.  The books do NOT need to have been published by Dzanc or our imprints.

2)  RiverRun Bookstore, along with promoting the donation of books, will also promote the Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions, our extremely inexpensive and successful writer mentoring program.  For every order to the DCWS placed by a writer that notes on their order that they were sent our way by  RiverRun, Dzanc will donate $5 to Seacoast Local, a non-profit based near the bookstore that promotes that people think local first when it comes to their money and time spent.  Dzanc Books will make this donation in RiverRun Bookstore's name in one sum at the end of the month.

Throughout the future of the Dzanc Independent Bookstore Program it is our goal to promote shopping at independent bookstores, develop better relationships with the stores we'll be working with, promote literary fiction, help writers via our DCWS program, and to donate both books to libraries, as well as money to worthwhile n

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