January E-Book Sale! Buy One, Get One Free.

In preparation for launching new material this spring, we’re offering a sale on ebooks of our current publications, when purchased directly from us. Buy any of the items below, and we’ll email you to find out where you want another copy of the same item sent. Give a belated holiday gift! Give someone a birthday present! Share our books just because you love your friends and want them to read good books!

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Bibliotheca Fantastica $4.99:

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You can also get Bibliotheca Fantastica as an ebook bundle:

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Fish $4.99:

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Buy Bibliotheca Fantastica and Fish together!

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IN SITU $3.99:

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Cthulhurotica $3.99:

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Get Fish, IN SITU, and Cthulhurotica together as an ebook bundle for only $8.98:

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Inedible Sins (novella) $1.99:

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We’re also offering this sale on our annual subscriptions to Lakeside Circus, so if you already have our previous books, you can get new original fiction delivered to your inbox for an entire year – and gift that to someone else as well.

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We need to buy ISBNs. You want to improve your writing. We can help each other.

In the US, every version of every book published needs to have its own  International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The print version needs a different number than the ebook version, but more than that: the hardback and paperback versions have to have different numbers, and the ePub, mobi, and PDF versions of the digital edition have to have their own unique ISBNs, too.

One ISBN costs $125. That’s not very useful, is it? 10 ISBNs costs $250, which covers 2, maybe 3 titles. For $575 we can buy 100 ISBNs, a much more useful number. It can publish about 20 books, or our planned catalog for the next three years. That’s what we’d like to do.

Our publisher and editor, Carrie Cuinn, teaches online workshops on a variety of subjects related to writing and editing. Her next class, which begins Sunday, November 17, is on “Plotting the Short Story”. She’s going to put the proceeds of the class signups toward our ISBN purchase. From her website:

All workshops take place in my private online forum, so you can post questions, comments, and writing excerpts without worrying who will see it. Plus, since we have deadlines of a certain day, not a set class hour, you can be anywhere in the world and still participate!

We’ll cover how to fit a whole story into different lengths: flash (1000 and under), mid-length short story (about 4000 words), and longer short stories (up to 6500 words). What do you put in and what do you leave off the page? Fundamentals of storytelling, prepping (including outlining, character arcs, and plot twists) and editing (including how to recognize the different moments of your story so you can move them around) are also covered. Only $50 for 4 weeks. sign up here

Like her other classes, this one will be capped so it doesn’t get too big. Plus, once you’ve taken any of her workshops, you retain access to the forum, which has space for sharing critiques, a market directory, and more. You can also purchase enrollment for a friend if you don’t need one for yourself (be sure to note that when you fill out the form).

Thank you for your support.

(Because we’ve been asked, yes, you can simply donate a few dollars to our goal by clicking here; link goes to PayPal. But we’d rather give you something for your money, so please make sure to let us know who you are, and we’ll send along a special thank you.)

Learning from the Circus

I’ve been asked why we’re taking a little break here at Dagan Books. Are we tired of anthologies? Dislike novellas? Are we shuttering our doors for good?

No, no, and definitely not.

While it looks, on the outside, that we’re taking time off, behind the scenes, we’re busier than ever. Our staff is working very hard to support the team at Lakeside Circus while we put together and publish Issue One. We’re going over the novella submissions we got this year to make final decisions. We’re looking at the projects we thought were a good idea a couple of years ago, and deciding which ones to move forward with.

More than that, I’m changing the way we do business. It’s often difficult to make course corrections while you’re still in the middle of a thing, still swimming in that river, being carried away even while you know you’re supposed to be headed in the other direction. When I began Dagan Books in 2010, three years ago this month, it was to support a fun little anthology I didn’t think I could publish any other way. It wasn’t supposed to be this big thing, but over time, that’s exactly what it became.

When you’re running a small press out of your kitchen on your own dime, without getting paid, without really knowing what you’re doing, it’s a gigantic thing.

I asked for advice from people I thought knew better than me (and often, they did). I got a lot of advice from people I didn’t know well, but who seemed sincere. Some of it was good. Some of it was terrible. I was pushed to grow faster, take on projects with people I didn’t know, didn’t like, changed what we publish, change who we publish… everyone had an opinion, and the last year or so, it’s been obvious that we’d lost something along the way. At some point this summer, I sat down with the people who’d been there with me from the beginning, and realized:

This isn’t what I wanted. I wasn’t excited about this work anymore. I started to dread opening my email, looking at our accounting spreadsheets, talking with nearly anyone about what we were planning to publish. I hit the point where most people, I think, would have quit.

But there was a project I was still excited about. Lakeside Circus. A quarterly magazine of very short literary speculative fiction. The kind of work that I read, when I get to read for my own enjoyment. The type of story I write, when I can find time to write. Even SF/F poetry, because when it’s done well, I love it.

So I took a few months, gathered up new readers, and starting putting together the magazine from scratch. I used everything I’d learned from Dagan Books, working as a freelance editor, a writer, an office administrator, and we did things differently. New, more author-friendly contracts. Clearer deadlines. Pay rates we could afford to offer. Faster response rate on submissions. Payment on publication, or in advance. Better business practices, all across the board.

And it worked. We put together an amazing magazine of almost 50,000 words, in only a few months! Contracts have been sent, subscriptions set up, authors are already starting to get paid, and the magazine will be out in advance for reviewers (something we were never able to do for Dagan’s anthologies). Our finances and tasks are documented; it’s a better business, run by a version of me who knows what she’s doing, instead of the me from three years ago who just had an idea and wasn’t sure of how to make it happen.

Over the next few months, we’re going to be migrating these best practices back over to Dagan Books. Authors will get the new contracts and new payment schedules, projects will be done in advance for reviewers, and we’ll use the new accounting/office workflows to keep everything open and on time. We’re going back to the strange, beautiful, often-literary, speculative fiction I love. We’re going back to the vision that I have for Dagan Books, instead of what everything else thought we should be.

In the meantime, please do check out Lakeside Circus. You can find us on the web at lakesidecircus.com, on Twitter and Facebook, and even Pinterest. You can submit work to us (read our guidelines here) and subscribe, too.

If you subscribe now, you can get our first year for only $20. Even better, if you purchase your subscription before November 15, our first issue will be delivered a week early. Before anyone else can buy the magazine or begin to read us online, you’ll have an entire quarter’s worth of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, including work by:

Dean Francis Alfar, C.S.E. Cooney, Trevor Shikaze, Ada Hoffmann, Mike Allen, Alan Baxter, Lucas Ahlsen, Cate Gardner, Jill Corddry, Rachael Acks, Conor Powers-Smith, Andrew S. Williams, Lisa Bradley, John P. Murphy, Dan Campbell, Gitte Christensen, Megan Arkenberg, Rich Larson, Jon Arthur Kitson, David Sklar, Andrew Gilstrap, Sarah Hendrix, F.J. Bergmann, Virginia M. Mohlere, Michael Haynes, John Skylar, H.L. Fullerton, Sofia Samatar, Eric Rosenfield, Jamie Lackey,  Hermine Robinson, Deborah Walker, Vajra Chandrasekera, David Steffen, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Bryan Thao Worra, and more!

Read more and subscribe here.

Thank you for your support over the years. I hope you’ll stick around for what we’re going to be next.

– Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

We are closed to submissions until 2014

We are closing to unsolicited submissions for the rest of 2013. We have enough projects in progress, both here and at our forthcoming magazine, Lakeside Circus, that we can’t put out anything new until next year. Because of that, we don’t feel comfortable accepting new material when we don’t currently have space in our schedule to put it into production.

When we have space in our schedule again, we’ll reopen to unsolicited submissions.

Thank you.

Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

New review of BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA now up at SF Signal

Says SF Signal:

Each story offers its own interpretation of the central theme; subtle work as well as more head-on approaches are represented; imagination and creative freedom are king.

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars!

Of special note were stories by Garry Kilworth, Lydia S. Gray, A.C. Wise, Colleen Anderson, J.S. Bangs, Michael Skeet, Tina Connolly, Andrew S. Fuller, Megan Arkenberg, David Sklar, and Ray Vukcevich. The reviewer’s favorite was Todd T. Castillo’s “Where Love is Written”, about which he says:

It’s a stripped-down, but heartfelt tale and its the emotional honesty that hits very hard. Often the simplest things cause the most astonishment.

and in conclusion, says about the book:

All in all, even the most fanatic of bibliophiles will suffer an overdose in the most positive connotation of the word. In the end, that’s what you need to understand about Bibliotheca Fantastica.

Read the rest of the review here.

Want to read Bibliotheca Fantastica now? Our ebooks offer instant download and an immediate chance to read.

Buy the epub file here, mobi (which also works on your Kindle) here, or PDF here, for only $4.99 each. Always DRM-free! Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $6.99 (here)

Haven’t read FISH yet? Buy FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $8.98… less than the cost of buying them separately.  Epub or mobi.

If you buy your ebooks exclusively through Amazon, then please go here to purchase a copy of Bibliotheca Fantastica for only $4.99.

Barnes and Noble has it here, and Kobo has it here (both as an epub for their readers). Weightless also offers the DRM-free epub or mobi here.

However you buy it, Bibliotheca Fantastica is a

guaranteed treat for the readers who are infatuated with books as physical objects as the stories help you rediscover why you fell in love with the written word and the act of reading in the first place.

Just ask SF Signal.

Author Interview: Amber Polo (Bibliotheca Fantastica)

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Name: Amber Polo

Age: Old enough to know I don’t have to answer

Author of: “Egyptian Holiday”

Where are you now? Near Sedona, Arizona

Twitter: @amberpolo

Website: http://www.amberpolo.com/

Recent Publications: The Shapeshifters’ Library Book 1: ReleasedThe Shapeshifters’ Library Book 2: RetrievedRelaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer’s High.

What’s the last book you finished? The Shapeshifters’ Library Book 3: Recovered (Due 2013)

The next one you can’t wait to start? A fantasy explaining the changes in the publishing world.

Tell us about the place where you wrote your story: “Egyptian Holiday” is a prequel to The Shapeshifters’ Library series. Egypt is where the journey started and Cleopatra’s librarian sister had this story to tell. Perhaps living in the desert near the red rocks makes me feel close to the Pyramids.

What is your favorite bit? 

Alex lowered her voice. “The Romans have sworn to wipe out our people and my books, every tablet and scroll.”

“As head of state I pay close attention to foreign affairs.”

“Swapping drool with werewolves is not statesmanship.”

You can buy Bibliotheca Fantastica directly from us, in a variety of formats:

Buy the epub file here, mobi (which also works on your Kindle) here, or PDF here, for only $4.99 each–instant downloads! Always DRM-free.

Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $6.99 (here)

Haven’t read FISH yet? Buy FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $8.98–$1 less than the cost of buying them separately.  Epub or mobi.

You can also order print copies of Bibliotheca Fantastica via Amazon, for $13.99. This is a 5″x8″ trade paperback, 314 pages. Best of all, the book is currently on sale for only $13.29! The Kindle version, via Amazon, is $4.99.

From Wieghtless Books: epub and mobi, $4.99 HERE

Author Interview: David Sklar (Bibliotheca Fantastica)

Name: David Sklar

Age: Enough to know better.

Author of: “The Philosopher’s Nectar””

Where are you now? At a picnic table in a school playground. I just picked my son up from school, and I’m using his play time to answer these questions, so I can get back to editing for a client when I get home.

Twitter: In flux. For now it’s @realdavidsklar but I rarely use it. I haven’t settled on one I like yet.

Website: http://davidwriting.com

Recent Publications: My story “Lady Marmalade’s Special Place in Hell” in Scheherazade’s Façade, is the last story in the first book from Gressive Press, which explores gender—mostly the genders that can’t be summed up by male and female. I’ve also got “The Velveteen Golem” in Unidentified Funny Objects, and my poem “Sky Fishing” just came out in the spring issue of Ladybug. I’m kind of thrilled about that, because I used to subscribe to Cricket when I was a kid.

What’s the last book you finished? This may be self-serving, but the last book I read cover to cover was the contributor copy of Scheherazade’s Façade, which I’m quite happy to be a part of. I have my favorites, but there really wasn’t a bad story in the book.

The next one you can’t wait to start? A lot to choose from. Probably The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia, or Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. And of course I’m looking forward to reading my contributor copy of Bibliotecha Fantastica when it arrives.

Tell us about the place where you wrote your story: A scenic overlook off of Route 78 (I think) in New Jersey. I was supposed to work on site for a client, but they didn’t need me until 11 a.m. In the meantime, I still had to drop my son off at school before 9:00, and I had this idea that wanted to be a story. So I drove most of the way to the office, and then I pulled off to the scenic overlook and wrote the first draft sitting in my car with the window open and the engine off in a small, unremarkable parking lot surrounded by trees and overgrown bushes.

What is your favorite bit?

Two words: bug porn.

Nah, not exactly. But a big part of the story is the sensuality of alien species—species that pass on information through different senses. They’re insects, so they communicate partly through smell and taste, and of course they taste things with their feet. So there’s a moment that, if they were human, would be a woman showing a man a page in a book. But because they are the creatures they are, it’s kind of like playing footsies, and kind of like a French kiss:

Zeklichek lightly brushed one of her legs across the edge of one of his. Vryll felt a tingle as the buds of their tasting feet slid together, and the flavor she carried on hers was airy, like freedom. Beneath the calcified airiness, there was the glimmer of an idea—a delineation of the boundaries between people, edged and discrete yet working together, like the facets of an eye.

Vryll’s wings flared Wow. “What was…”

“The teachings of Brackacax,” she answered. “From back when the colony was just starting.”

“Do you have more?” He caught the eagerness in his own voice.

You can buy Bibliotheca Fantastica directly from us, in a variety of formats:

Buy the epub file here, mobi (which also works on your Kindle) here, or PDF here, for only $4.99 each–instant downloads! Always DRM-free.

Or you can buy a bundle of Bibliotheca Fantastica in all three digital formats, for only $6.99 (here)

Haven’t read FISH yet? Buy FISH and Bibliotheca Fantastica in a bundle together for $8.98–$1 less than the cost of buying them separately.  Epub or mobi.

You can also order print copies of Bibliotheca Fantastica via Amazon, for $13.99. This is a 5″x8″ trade paperback, 314 pages. Best of all, the book is currently on sale for only $13.29! The Kindle version, via Amazon, is $4.99.

From Wieghtless Books: epub and mobi, $4.99 HERE