Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about authors and their cat editors, and among them are three contributors to the first edition of Among Animals. Learn more about the brilliant felines behind these wonderful writers…
Diane Lefer and Junie (click here to read more about Diane’s many muses…)
Suzanne Kamata and Sumi (learn more about these two here):
Jean Ryan and Tango, whom you can learn more about here.
We would like to officially thank these felines for keeping these terrific authors in their chairs; without them, we may not have received their stories, and we are most grateful. And if you have a feline muse of your own, please feel free to get in touch!
We are delighted to announce our 2016 Siskiyou Prize judge: JoeAnn Hart.
JoeAnn Hart is the author of two novels, Addled (Little Brown, 2007) and Float (Ashland Creek Press, 2013). Her essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, including Orion, Newfound, Terrain.org, and the Boston Globe Magazine. JoeAnn’s work has won a number of awards, including the PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction.
JoeAnn’s work has been praised as “witty, profound, and beautifully observed” (Margot Livesey), “joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative, and introspective” (Necessary Fiction), and “very funny and very moving” (Booklist). Her novel Float, writes the Cape Ann Beacon, is “a stellar model of eco-literature.” JoeAnn is currently working on a play with strong environmental themes, and she is a contributor to EcoLit Books.
The Siskiyou Prize will open on September 1, 2016, and will close on December 31. Please visit the Siskiyou Prize website for complete details.
I’ve had a wonderful time over the last few weeks promoting My Last Continent, including a reading and signing at New York’s fabulous Shakespeare & Co. on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
One of the fun things about this bookstore is its Writers’ Corner, which offers myriad services for writers via its Espresso Book Machine. The EBM is also great for readers: Many publishers’ backlist titles, including all Ashland Creek Press titles, are available on demand via this technology.
The Espresso Book Machine has come a long way … just a few years ago, it took more than twenty minutes to print out an on-demand title; now, you can have a book printed in just five minutes, says Françoise Brodsky, Director of Community at Shakespeare & Co. Check out the store’s author services for more information.
My travels also took me to Powell’s City of Books, which also has an Espresso Book Machine available to readers and writers.
Click here to learn about Powell’s EBM services. Not only can you publish your own work, but within minutes you can access print-on-demand titles from small presses, out-of-print titles, and Big Five backlist titles.
We love print-on-demand because as an environmental press, we feel it’s important to save as many resources as we can — which is one of the major reasons we print books only as readers need them. We’re delighted to see that the Espresso Book Machine is offering booksellers the opportunity to save more resources by avoiding shipping and by printing titles directly in the store. We hope you’ll check out Shakespeare & Co. and Powell’s, and help support all that they do!
Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting nonfiction submissions for a new anthology, Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire.
From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word.
And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals.
We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words.
There is no deadline at this time; we will accept submissions on a rolling basis until further notice. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication.
*Please note that this is a collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will NOT be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.
Areas of interest include:
- Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view
- The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)
- How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing
- How to address violence toward animals
- Animal rescue themes
- Animals and “personhood”
- The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature
- Animals in children’s literature
For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number.
And, just to be clear, we are not looking for essays about animals. We are looking for articles about writing about animals.
All submissions must be made using Submittable.
Last year, I began a blog series called Cat Editors, after noticing that I am not the only writer with a feline companion who is always in the middle of the writing action. (Below is my editor and our General Manager, Theo.)
Several of our beloved Ashland Creek Press authors also have cat editors — among them Mindy Mejia, author of The Dragon Keeper and the mystery novel EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, forthcoming this November from Emily Bestler Books; and Jean Ryan, author of the story collection Survival Skills.
Click here to learn more about Mindy and and her hardworking editor Dusty:
And click here to learn more about Jean and her devoted editor Tango:
And, if you’re a writer with a cat editor in your life and you’d like to share the joy, feel free to send me a note!