Wednesday’s WIP: Happy News from Fellow Writers

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I don’t know–maybe my online universe is expanding–but within the past week or so there’s been a wave of happy news shared by *several* people in my writing community. These are genuinely nice people as well as genuinely gifted writers, so I’m moved to give them all a public shout-out right here.

  • David Ebenbach–he of multiple genre gifts–will see his first full-length poetry book, We Were the People Who Moved, published by Tebot Bach, as the winning title for the latest Patricia Bibby First Book Award.
  • From Michelle Brafman: “I’m very happy to announce that Washing the Dead, my first novel, will be published by Prospect Park Books in June of 2015.” Just a few weeks ago, Michelle shared that Shebooks will be releasing an e-book of hers, We Named Them All, later this summer.
  • Karen E. Bender’s story collection, Refund, will be published by Counterpoint in January 2015. (Here’s my take on Bender’s most recent novel, A Town of Empty Rooms.)
  • Many hearty congratulations to all.

    Want to let us in on good news about any of the writers in your circle? Why not do so here, in comments?

    8 thoughts on “Wednesday’s WIP: Happy News from Fellow Writers

    1. LS Bassen says:

      Hi, Erika … Great to see this at FB this Wednesday morning. I wrote to you about my novel Summer of the Long Knives (alternative history/assassination of Hitler) recently (and you wrote back!) … Well, publisher tells me the pre-release is nearly available at Smashwords and Kindle and will be in hard copy in a few weeks. I’ll be sure to let you know and hope you’ll share!

    2. Jane Moore says:

      A friend, Cynthia Bond’s book “Ruby” was just published by Hogarth. I have only begun it so can’t comment from personal knowledge. It’s about a black woman returning to a small, seemingly all black, town in Texas from New York city. She has big problems & no support except a very ordinary working man who secretly admires & sympathizes. Her writing is lyrical & so far I want to know what happens next.

    3. Jo Anne Burgh says:

      Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Susan Schoenberger’s second novel, “The Virtues of Oxygen.” It’s about a small-town newspaper editor and a woman in that town who has been in an iron lung most of her life. Since Susan’s first novel, “A Watershed Year” (winner of the gold medal in the William Wisdom-William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition) was so lovely, I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with her new one!

    4. Erika Dreifus says:

      Oh, I am loving these comments! Thank you all. And yes, LS, congratulations again–everyone, you can learn more about her forthcoming book at

    5. Lené Gary says:

      Hi Erika,

      Thanks for inviting these happy posts.

      I’ve primarily written creative nonfiction and poetry to this point, so I’m especially excited to share that my first short story will be coming out in an anthology next month. Part of the proceeds from that book will be donated to the Vermont Library Association.

      Thanks, again, for asking.


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Lene (you know I have trouble w/accents on ONE of my computers): This is thrilling! Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing the news & the link.

    6. Hi Erika,

      The brand new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?, includes my “Love Me, I’m Siamese” story. I’ll be doing a booksigning for that and an earlier Soup book that I’m in, My Dog’s Life, with part of the proceeds donated to the local humane society.

      Write on,
      Janet Hartman

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Congratulations, Janet.

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