June 21, 2007
To Whom It May Concern:
To further its mission as a top-tier publisher of literary fiction, Dzanc Books is determined to become a gateway for writers of African origin. Beginning in 2007, Dzanc plans to acquire works by African writers to publish in North America.
Dzanc is aware of the exciting writing that has been trickling from Africa to the States. Sadly, though, it has been a trickle and from everything we hear and read there are many wonderful African writers whose work is not being made available beyond the borders of Africa.
We know there are thriving writing communities in Kenya, Nigeria, and elsewhere and that authors in these communities are publishing great material, but not seeing it find a home in the North American publishing world. We at Dzanc would like to change that.
We are in the process of developing contacts in these regions to help us get the word out that we are very interested in receiving manuscript submissions. Authors may contact us directly as well by sending manuscript submissions through our website and writing us with attached materials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to share this information and if you know people who are interested in contemporary African literature, or writers of African origin looking for a North American publisher, we would be thrilled to hear from them. We look forward to reading the submissions and hope to share more news of our efforts soon.
Executive Editor and Publisher
Founder and Publisher