"If I'd had more time, I'd have written a shorter letter."
- Mark Twain
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Lifting Fog - photo by Janice Lind
August - 2011 - COMING SOON - Watch for new initiatives.
Currently assembling submissions for hoi polloi IV - All are welcome to participate!
August - 2011
- COMING SOON - Watch for new initiatives.
submissions for hoi polloi IV - All are welcome to participate!
September - 2009
Currently assembling submissions for hoi polloi
IV - All are welcome to participate!
September - 2009
Cleaning up some edits for hoi polloi III – May lose one of our contributing
authors due to a simultaneous submission issue.
new publishing initiative(s) will begin soon.
again for your patience and support…
the author front…
Best wishes to Heather
Parker and her recent publication Middlewitch. This humorous fantasy novel is set in a small English
village and it's published through Drollerie PressHeather is a contributing author
from the UK and her story 'In the Mind's Eye' appears in hoi polloi III. Visit Heather's website and blog to learn more and say "hello".
August - 2009
Our friend Jan Bornstein will be signing copies of her latest book at Borders Books in
Kingston, MA on Saturday - August 22nd from 11 AM to 1 PM. The book Deuces Are Wild completes the
Song Trilogy series. Learn more about the author and The Song Trilogy at http://www.janbornstein.com/
The next issue of hoi polloi will be available soon. A print
copy will be reviewed for errors and other editing considerations. Thus far, the following authors are represented in hoi
polloi III – A Literary Journal for the Rest of Us:
Beverly Beckham, Paula J.
Botch, Teresa T. Brader, Mary J. Breen, Jacqueline Cartel, Sally A. Connolly, Tristan D’Agosta, Yelena
Dubrovin, Bill Dunn, Justin Evans, Vishwas Gaitonde, Geraldine Glodek, Clyde Grauke, John Grey, J. Conrad
Guest, Mary Ann Honaker, Patricia Isaac, Allen Kopp, Suvi Mahonen, Peggy
McFarland, Mark McNulty, Robert Moreira, Rebecca Morrison, Heather Parker, Donna Rossetti-Bailey, Terry Sanville,
Adelaide B. Shaw, Steve Shilling, Fred Skolnik, Renee Summers, Luke Waldrip Phoebe Wilcox, Alexander
Woodbury, Christopher Woods, and Rhonda Zangwill
A selection of potential hoi polloi
III book covers will be posted here. Your opinions are welcome. The front cover will be from the pastel creations of
local Marshfield artist Donna Rosetti-Bailey. The back cover selection (not shown yet) will be from another local artist –
We now have a presence on FACEBOOK as Dog Days Press andwe hope to be more responsive
to the writing community through this venue. The book cover choices are currently available for review at this Facebook venue.
April – 2009
We are currently assembling hoi polloi III as we continue
to accept submissions. We will create a review copy over the next few weeks and it will allow for additional modifications.
In the meantime, we are promoting the sale of hoi
polloi II with all proceeds benefiting The National MS Society. For the month of April, the publisher is promoting
a sales contest. We have entered this challenge to sell as many books as possible. It’s a daunting task but our publication
is for charitable endeavors and maybe there is a chance
If you are involved with fundraising for The National MS Society, you are welcome to contact us regarding
book sales. We can arrange to provide copies of the book at cost for your fund-raising efforts. We are purchasing a
number of copies of the book for the May 2nd MS Walk event in Cohasset, Massachusetts. In addition, we have organized
the Dog Days Walkers team for this occasion. This event typically attracts an enthusiastic crowd.
Incidentally, a generous supporter
has offered to match contributions up to the total of $90,000.00 with the challenge deadline set for April 8th.
If you are inclined to support this effort, your donation will go much further if you act now.
We have just received authorization to sell copies of hoi
polloi II at the local chapter(s) of The National MS Society. A quantity of copies will be printed for the Cohasset,
Massachustetts MS Walk event. Minor edits are being applied to hoi pollooi II; speia;l thanks to Clyde Grauke for his
thorough review of the publication.. Copies of the first hoi polloi anthology have been made available to Library Thing as part of the Member Giveaway program. This feature of Library Thing has produced a great deal of
intererest in hoi polloi. Library Thing enjoys a membership of more than 600,000 individuals. We are currently accepting submissions for hoi polloi III. We expect to introduce other
publishing initiatives shortly.
October/Novenber – 2008
Our site has joined Duotrope.com for enhancing market visibility and submissions have uncreased dramatically for the next issue of hoi
polloi. Review copies of hoi polloi II are now availabvle through www.LULU.com for preview and purchase. Contributing authors and artists will have a period of time to offer suggestions,
corrections, additions and modificatios prior to the journal being frozen. Once finalized, the book will be issues
an ISBN for greater marketability through online retailers such as Amazon.com, Borders. com, BarnesandNoble.com,
etc. Going forward, the next issue of hoi polloi will be published in a much shorter time frame.
have created a prototype copy of hoi polloi II and it will be available shortly.
June – 2008
are currently assembling the next issue of hoi polloi. The writing craft section will feature a celebration of the contemporary
short story writers with profiles and essays of authors such as Tobias Wolff, Raymond
Carver, William Trevor and Andre Dubus to name a few. In
addition, the section offer author profiles and interviews. Sample authors include Nel Rand –
author of Mississippi Flyway and Bathsheba Monk – author of Now
You See It… Stories from Cokesville, PA. Also, Bathsheba Monk’s website features a short-story writing contest for those interested in participation..
writing venue: Contributing hoi polloi poet Valerie Lawson has teamed
with Michael Brown for the publication of Off the Coast – A Maine
all inquiries, submissions, and subscriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Off the Coast, P.O. Box 14, Robbinston, ME 04671
Another small press that we like – Press53
based in North Carolina. Press53 is currently promoting a Support the Troops with
books drive – a noble venture and these troops appreciate the gift of reading.. Check out the site
- Press53 offers another terrific writing venue for the aspiring writers among us. We will feature a profile on this
small press in our next issue of hoi polloi.
The thunderstorms passed just prior to the MS Walk in Cohasset, MA and
the weather was better than expected. Our team of The Dog Days Walkers received about $1000.00 in pledges from generous
supporters. We continue to receive donations and they are gratefully appreciated. Anthony Everett of WCVB TV's Chroniclekicked-off the event and rallied the walkers. We assembled photos of our walk through the back roads of Cohasset with the hope of success in finding a cure for MS. "Thanks" to all for
your encouragement and support.
March 24, 2008
While we are presently promoting the current issue of hoi
polloi, we are busy assembling the next issue which will benefit The National MS Society. On April 12th, 2008 we will participate in the local MS Walk event in Cohasset, Massachusetts and we have created
a walk team - The Dog Days Walkers. All walkers, donors and supporters will be included in the next issue of hoi polloi. And, we will publishany
special intentions or messages along with your name and location unless you prefer to remain anonymous. All are welcome to
participate. We appreciate your support in this worthy endeavor.
March - 2008
We are currently upgrading and modifying our website. There has been a
lapse in website maintenance due to the implementation of a new network platform. Going forward, we would appreciate any assistance
in identifying problems. You may come across a 'typo' here and there or some other inconsistency. Also, we welcome your suggestions
regarding website content and organization.
Due to the changes, we are extending the submission date for hoi polloi
to May 31st, 2008.
Thank you for your patience, encouragement and support.
December - 2007
Now that the ISBN has been secured, the journal
has been submitted to several south shore (MA) book retailers. Soon, it will be available for widespread online purchasing
through a number of sites including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
We have made additional book donations to the Clift
Rogers Free Library and Ventress Memorial Library… both of Marshfield, MA. In addition, we have made donations to the San Jose Mercury News Gift
of Reading program. This program is in partnership with the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT).
We have have continued to send more books to
the troops who are serving overseas.
Congratulations to all those individuals who supported
the establishment of the Maggie Collection at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, MA. On December 5th,
2007 this remarkable collection of children’s books was launched
in loving memory of young Maggie Adler and it will serve as a fantastic resource for young readers.
We have added the photography of Jan Lind to this
site... joining Andra Smith.
November - 2007
We have secured an ISBN for the 6" x 9" paperback version of hoi polloi and
it is: 978-0-6151-7760-1 Soon, the book will be available for wider distribution through larger online resources
and local retailers.
We are donating several hoi polloi books to the military men and women serving
overseas. This effort is in response to the call from WBZ radio host Dan Rea and his efforts to correct an
unfortunate situation that occurred in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more, visit http://wbz1030.com/pages/697858.php
Special thanks to the Patricia and S. Richard Penni Charitable Trust
for sponsorship of the hoi polloi journal. The journal is available for purchase through the publisher. A
slightly modified version of the journal will be published shortly... reflecting an update of the Sowing Seeds organization.
Since this is a charitable endeavor, we made this a do-it-yourself effort to minimize
out-of-pocket expenses and it was definitely a learning process. We had test copies printed of the larger paperback
issue and we produced a more compact 6 x 9 version of the journal. A few enhancements were made to the larger edition. The
smaller edition had some technical problems but it appears they have been resolved. We have ordered a couple of print copies
of the 6 x 9 book and we will review them before making them available to the public. Thank you for your patience.
06-20-2007 - The hoi polloi journal has
been completed and a few review copies have been printed prior to full scale availability. We recently donated a number
of manuscripts to the Books for the troops effort in addition to copies of Mark McNulty's novel The Sea Shack.
The journal is a collaboration of more than fifty contributors including:
Nava Atlas, Dean Baris, Janet Bornstein, Paula J. Botch, Elizabeth
Bullock, Sofija V. Canavan, Sally A. Connolly, Claire Cook, Katherine Critelli, Skip DeBrusk, Karyn Donahue, Bill Dunn, Harriet Emerson, Richard Fannoney, Robert Feeney, Dennis Feeney, Alessandra Fisher, Dave Fisher,
Ralph Fletcher, Sarah Fox, Chris Fraas, Walter C. Frye, Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Frank M. Hynes, Marilyn
Johnson, Robert Laplander, Valerie Lawson, Jamie Long, Heidi Marble, Mark McNulty, Robert McNulty, Richard Mills, Shea Mullaney, Erin O’Brien, Jay O’Callahan, April
Parker, D. T. Pollard, Stephen Puleo, Chet Raymo, Jordan Rich, William Russo, Mike Ryan, Bob Sanchez, Jackson Sellers, Tucker
Smallwood, Reed F. Stewart, Renee Summers, Michael Trainor, Kimmy Van Kooten, Caitlin Womersley, Alexander Woodbury and Virginia
Passing this along.... Just in time for summer... Our friend Claire Cook is launching
her new book...
Life's a Beach
Come meet Claire at the following book signings...
Tuesday, June 5
BUTTONWOOD BOOKS & TOYS 9:45 AM @ Atlantica Restaurant
We are excited and pleased to welcome storyteller Jay O'Callahan to our hoi polloi publication.
Dog Days Student Journal Launch!
We have initiated a summer journal project for middle
school and high school students.
Our hoi polloi journal project is
being reviewed and it will be processed for publication shortly. If you have any last-minute additions or modifications, please
contact us. We expect to create several draft copies as well.
Books for the troops campaign
Author Jan Bornstein is initiating a book
drive campaign for the troops overseas. She is looking for authors who may be willing to donate books for this effort.
The campaign is being developed at this time and there will be press releases issued to the media. Interested in participation?
You are encouraged to contact Jan at:
We are pleased to recognize the poetry collections
by three of our contributing authors.
From Scituate, MA - Renee Summers has published If the Potter's Hands Shake.It features a compilation of nature poems,
poetry about man's inhumanity to man; personal poems about family, friends and neighborhood.
- S. Donovan Mullaney has published Follow the Wolf Moon.
Valerie Lawson has published
Dog Watch. Valerie is a resident of Buzzards Bay, MA.
Skip DeBrusk has joined our hoi polloi endeavor.
The author of Codfish, Dogfish, Mermaids and Frank,Skip has been busy
with author events throughout the south shore of Massachusetts. His memoir has enjoyed terrific success; it has been featured on the bestseller list of the Quincy
Patriot Ledger for many weeks.
The Scituate native is another welcome addition to our publication.
In addition, Representative Frank Hynes has sent
along well wishes and congratulations to Sowing Seeds for 12 years of remarkable service to the community of Marshfield.
We will be launching a journal effort for secondary
school students shortly.
We are pleased to include WBZ radio host Jordan Rich as a literary particpant in our hoi polloi journal project. Jordan is the late night weekend host at WBZ 1030
AM and his show is heard in 38 states and Canada. With Internet radio, it's not surprising to hear callers from more distant locations.
Jordan is also the 'go to' guy on a regular basis when the station needs aomeone to fill-in for another host. Each year,
Jordan hosts two book night shows that are very popular. These author-friendly shows are highly
anticiipated events; and Jordan is assisted by 'Bonnie-the-booklady' and his longtime friend and business partner Ken Carberry. Of course,
the callers contribute as well with their own book suggestions. The website is another source for book suggestions
from these shows.
Welcome aboard to authors Ralph Fletcher, D T Pollard,
Nava Atlas, Sally Connolly, Valerie Lawson, Jan Bornstein, April Parker and… special thanks to RAIN TAXI review of books
and a review by Sarah Fox. Also, we appreciate the support and encouragement from author Claire Cook and wish her continued
success with the anticipated publication of Life’s a Beach. In addition, we have received a number of literary submissions and your participation is appreciated.
We have been fortunate to receive support from a number of authors including
Elizabeth Evans Fryer, Marilyn Johnson, Robert Laplander, Shea Donovan Mullaney, Chet Raymo, William Russo, Bob Sanchez, Jackson
Sellers, Tucker Smallwood, Renee Summers and more….
If you are in the area... author of The Dead Beat: lost souls, lucky stiffs, and the perverse pleasures of obituaries, Marilyn Johnson
will be appearing at the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge
on March 6th at . In addition, she will be appearing
at the Boston University Barnes & Noble Bookstore on April 4th at . To learn more, visit http://www.marilynjohnson.net/
We appreciate the support of these contributing authors and we encourage
our audience to reciprocate in kind.
The submission of essays, poems, short fiction and creative non-fiction
are greatly appreciated. The creative element is the primary driver and focus of the hoi
As the assembly and creation of hoi polloi evolves, we have received several submissions and interview responses from the 'self-published'
community. A segment of hoi polloi will thus be devoted to these enterprising authors
and their achievements. In addition, we will feature author profiles and interviews from the traditional publishing houses.
The authors offer refreshing insight and candor regarding their craft and industry.
An All Things Local
section will include a Marshfield profile; a feature on the Sowing Seeds organization; a Literary Slice of Life in Marshfield...
a community profile of what people are reading, favorite authors, reading lists, author influences, book reviews,
Stay tuned and keep those submissions coming...
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all... And, special thanks to everyone
for their thoughtful submissions to hoi polloi. Your support
and encouragement is very much appreciated.
We are in the process of issuing press releases;
inviting individuals to contribute their literary talent. In addition, we are contacting authors who may be interested in
participation. Jordan Rich has long been a favorite radio host at WBZ (1030 AM) in Boston.
He hosts periodic ‘book nights’ and he has offered his encouragement and 'well wishes' to our enterprise. And,
we are pleased to feature some added photography from the talented Andra Smith. You are encouraged to visit her gallery.
Dog Days Press is up and running. So, let the writing
An integral aspect to this venture is collaboration.
We are all very much a team with regard to sharing our creative energies and publishing a finished product. It may not be
obvious on the surface, but we have become a ‘writing society’. Our email culture has certainly contributed to
this change in our lifestyles. As a culture, this email writing has morphed into other adventures like ‘blogging’
and it has become easier to communicate through the internet. If we aren’t writing letters to the newspapers, we are
producing newsletters; we may be writing restaurant reviews or sending scathing letters of complaint to some anonymous,
unsuspecting soul at the end of an email address. Computer alter-egos… there is a story for another time.
So, people are writing more often and many feel
compelled to tell their stories. Their skills have been enhanced through osmosis. Publishing houses are busier than ever and
technology is making it easier to have books produced.
Now, many people have the compulsion to write and
get published but they don’t know how to get started. Dog Days Press is very much that ‘getting
started’ point. Writing short stories, essays and poetry in small batches is a positive approach to realizing goals.
Very often, the traditional authors have embarked on writing careers through literary journals and magazines. And, many successful
authors still contribute to these resources on occasion.
The literary journals and magazines are tremendous
sources for experiencing variety in your daily reading enjoyment. A good number of these professional publications are products
of the University and College communities. There are also many independent journals and magazines that are achieving success.
Dog Days Press is our ‘grass roots’ effort to join this literary culture. With your partnership, we are committed
to producing a quality and entertaining journal with the publication of hoi polloi. We will produce other books over time and they won’t be limited to just collaborative writing. But, hoi polloi promises to be a good start.
As an aside...
At times, the publishing business can seem quite
unfair. We sometimes hear of quality authors going 'undiscovered' for long periods of time...several books into their careers.
But, they persevere, pursue their passion and eventually find their niche.
Then we hear of the opposite extreme regarding 'accidental'
successful authors. Those individuals who achieve their '15 minutes of fame'; literary agents and publishers trip over
themselves to sign these individuals to book deals. And, to make matters worse, a ghost writer produces their stories.
Again, these are the extremes that challenge our cultural views and sensibilities. Then again, sometimes it's
these extremes that maintain our interest level and make life a little more interesting.