Thursday, March 7, 2024

SCANTIC BOOKS ~ HOME

SCANTIC BOOKS ~ HOME

~~ Scantic Books will be CLOSED to submissions June 1, 2024 - September 1, 2024. ~~

Scantic Books is a small, independent publisher located in New England.

The Scantic River flows through many small towns of Connecticut and Massachusetts and brings with it local history and lore. Named after a local Native American tribe who settled nearby, the Scantic roars in the spring, murmurs in the summer, and once powered such mills as the Hazard Gunpowder Company. This hidden river in the heart of New England now lends its name to a publishing house dedicated to bringing high-quality authors to light.

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Scantic Books

 
Our Editors:
Are experienced writers, editors, and instructors who work in higher education teaching English (Composition, Literature, Creative Writing, Communication, etc) to college students. They are widely traveled, have held seminars on writer's block, led fiction writing and journalism clubs, and have served as reviewers and tutors for other authors. They are animal lovers, newspaper columnists, and literary club advisors. They believe small press has the ability to publish voices that otherwise may go unheard by major publishing corporations. They believe in working closely with their authors to produce and publish quality literature that all involved can be proud of.
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What We ARE Looking For:
In FICTION:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror (for Horror think scary, not buckets of blood.) Short Story Collections, Novels and Novellas, Young Adult, and Children’s Literature.  Limited Historical Fiction.
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In NON - FICTION:
Memoir, Essay Collections, Politics/Current Events.
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We ARE accepting GRAPHIC NOVELS!!  Finished PDFs only.  If your novel falls under one of the genres listed above (For example, fantasy), and is finished in PDF format, send it along!
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What We AREN'T Looking For:
Romance, Relationships, Dystopia, Mystery, Religion.
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What Acquisitions would LOVE to see: Speculative Fiction with strong female characters.
 
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS TO SCANTIC BOOKS:
Please send a cover letter, synopsis, and first 15-25 pages in the body of the email to: ScanticEditors@yahoo.com Be sure to include the word QUERY in the subject line, followed by the title of the manuscript. For example: Query - Heartbreak Hill.  No attachments unless requested.
Questions? Contact us via email.  We are also on Facebook.
We prefer to work with un-agented authors, and never charge reading fees.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 


 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS TO SCANTIC BOOKS:
Please send a cover letter, synopsis, and first 15-25 pages in the body of the email to: ScanticEditors@yahoo.com Be sure to include the word QUERY in the subject line, followed by the title of the manuscript. For example: Query - Heartbreak Hill.  No attachments unless requested.
Questions? Contact us via email.  We are also on Facebook.
We never charge reading fees. 

What We ARE Looking For:
In FICTION:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror (for Horror think scary, not buckets of blood.) Short Story Collections, Novels and Novellas, Young Adult, and Children’s Literature.  Limited Historical Fiction.
*
In NON - FICTION:
Memoir, Essay Collections, Politics/Current Events.
*
We ARE accepting GRAPHIC NOVELS!!  Finished PDFs only.  If your novel falls under one of the genres listed above (For example, fantasy), and is finished in PDF format, send it along!
 *
What We AREN'T Looking For:
Romance, Relationships, Dystopia, Mystery, Religion.
 *
What Acquisitions would LOVE to see: Speculative Fiction with strong female characters.

"The Loneliness Channel" by Michael C. Keith

 

"The Loneliness Channel" by Michael C. Keith
 
Scantic Books is proud to present "The Loneliness Channel" by acclaimed author Michael C. Keith. (Available in paperback and ebook; proceeds to go to charity supporting loneliness.)
 
The country’s major communication media (networks, magazines, journals, newspapers, and internet) have been reporting what it considers the new global pandemic: loneliness. The reports stem from the research of prominent medical and psychology institutions. While the findings are startling, they have not been a surprise to Michael C. Keith, the author of The Loneliness Channel. A sense of aloneness and isolation were prominent aspects of his life as a child hitchhiking America under the dubious stewardship of his divorced alcoholic parent. Frequently left to his own resources in strange cities while his hapless father took day jobs before hitting the road again to places the elder Keith imbued with endless unrealistic possibilities, his son passed time companionless in gloomy rooming houses. While the pair’s cross-country jaunts possessed moments of distracting adventure, they were inevitably followed by long periods of disappointment and longing. This left an indelible mark on the author even as he grew to be a successful adult, surrounded by loving friends and family. In recent years, those far-gone days have manifested in a myriad of fiction and an acclaimed memoir, including this new collection, which is devoted to the topic of loneliness through the literary devices of irony, humor, and pathos. 
 
“Pithy and profound mini-tales abound in The Loneliness Channel. New perceptions, decisions, regrets, rants, all things possible and impossible on every page. Delights and forebodings. Joys and sorrows. Keith plays with real and potentially real life from every angle in this marvel of a book. Powerful and compelling. Such abundance in compression.” –Tony Press, author of Crossing the Lines
“Two great strains in American culture are vulgarity and loneliness. Michael C. Keith understands one without resorting to the other.” –Luke Salisbury, author of No Common War
“Michael C. Keith’s The Loneliness Channel is a collection of quietly powerful prose poems, or ‘micro-prose,’ as the author describes them, that explore solitude and loss. The work is suffused with a sense of poignancy and regret, but also with touches of dark and subtle humor. One thing that strikes the reader is that this could only be the work of a mature writer, one who realizes that the value of what has been lost reminds us of the value of what remains.” –Charles Coe, author of Purgatory Row
“In this marvelous compendium, Michael C. Keith provides an amazing range of very brief stories about the experience of loneliness, most with a sardonic twist, many with a touching tone. Turns out there are more than a hundred ways to be lonely!” –Lawrence Kessenich, author of Hard Times Require Furious Dancing



Thursday, November 23, 2023

"The Oldest Male Kindergarten Teacher in America" by John Sheirer

 "The Oldest Male Kindergarten Teacher in America" by John Sheirer

Scantic Books is proud to publish this new novelette by award-winning author John Sheirer. Guy Mann’s last day as a kindergarten teacher is interrupted by a child’s tantrum. As Guy deals with the situation as only he can, he reflects on a career that spans more than five decades and a life filled with purpose, love, family, and unexpected tragedy. With the same deft attention to character development, storytelling, and beautiful language that made Sheirer’s most recent book, Stumbling Through Adulthood: Linked Stories, so compelling, The Oldest Kindergarten Teacher in America will captivate readers from the first sentence to the final word.


 Available now at Amazon.com!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CCSP9Z99?fbclid=IwAR1JTygbFNhpSp9WGZaAfLTwC-gje06SHMo3AyPhnRE57nbr3ZFfZc7exFs

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

"Once Upon a Blue Moon" by Jessica Barone

 

NOW AVAILABLE!!!
 
Once Upon a Blue Moon: Stories to Enrapture the Mind, Delight the Senses, and Chill the Soul
 
Scantic Books is proud to present this inspiring story collection by Jessica Barone. A blood-drinker offers protection to the daughter of a drug lord. A guardian is more than he seems. A girl is taken on the ride of her life. The inner beast takes control. Obsession is made into art. Blood is thicker than water. Some things just aren’t worth coming home for. Stuck between fire and water. The end of the world really isn’t. Anything is better than marriage. When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks back. Jessica Barone, author of The Shadowlands series, offers this collection of short stories to enrapture the mind, delight the senses, and chill the soul.
 

Monday, September 26, 2022

"Master of Arts" by Colleen Alles

Scantic Books is proud to publish a new novel by up-and-coming author Colleen Alles. Recent college graduate Viola Hartman is happy to answer her sister Natalie’s cry for help. After all, Viola has no permanent job, no boyfriend, no place to live, and, really no idea what she’s doing next. Viola moves in with Natalie and Natalie’s husband, a big-deal writer, to care for their two children. And while Viola shows up ready for midnight feedings and dirty diapers, Viola isn’t prepared to learn that her sister has been keeping secrets for years. Slowly, Viola must unravel the truth about perfect, put-together, successful Natalie. And little by little, Viola needs to learn how to tell the secrets she’s been keeping, too. 

“… a well-crafted, relatable yarn about figuring out your life. Alles balances humor and heart while wonderfully capturing those intricate dynamics we must navigate among family, friends, and lovers.” -Adam Schuitema, author of The Things We Do That Make No Sense.

“… absorbing and intimate … A refreshingly honest reflection on sisterhood and friendship; Alles writes with such humor and heart, I couldn’t put it down.” -Meagan Lucas, author of Songbirds and Stray Dogs, and editor of Recon Review.

 

 You can order Master of Arts here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BFVCL9W2?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

"The Green Ray" by Gregory J. Wolos.

 Scantic Books is proud to publish The Green Ray, the new story collection by award-winning author Gregory J. Wolos. Short stories are deceptively simple: characters in situations do things for a limited amount of time. In the hands of short story master Gregory J. Wolos, simplicity leads to a rare depth of literature that holds a reader’s mind well beyond the final line. A grandfather nearly doesn’t make it to a new phase of life. A candle maker waxes on about his complex life. A family reemerges from isolation after an alternative-universe pandemic. An aging musician may be betrayed by his own brain. A teacher puzzles over how to be present for a traumatized young student and his own son. Wolos brings these and other stories to life with suspense, empathy, and the power of a writer whose work will captivate readers for years to come.

“Gregory J Wolos’s work will make you laugh out loud and, in the next moment, transport you to the other side of the mirror. Like Kurt Vonnegut, he shows us life’s dark and heartbreaking absurdity. Wolos captures moments of ordinary life and turns them upside down to uncover their truth.” – Jessica Barcomb, author of Letting Go.
“In The Green Ray and Other Stories, Gregory J. Wolos is at the pinnacle of his conspicuous talent, and that is really saying something because his previous short fiction collections occupy a prominent place in the pantheon of best short fiction. By any measure, he is one of the most original and adept writers at work today, and this new volume is an occasion to celebrate. The literary canon is enriched by Wolos’s formidable imagination and authentic voice. In every one of Wolos's masterful tales, we witness his dedication to the art and craft of storytelling. There is nothing facile here. Hard work has been done to consummate effect, and the reader is lavishly rewarded.” – Michael C. Keith, author of The Late Epiphany of a Low-Key Oracle.

 
You can order The Green Ray and Other Stories here: